'Ol Coug still getting in his summer work

PULLMAN -- It felt like old times. Former Cougar wide receiver Jared Karstetter made a surprise appearance at Washington State on Monday. Karstetter watched the majority of the the Cougs' voluntary summer workout session from the sidelines, but was also looking to stay sharp.

Jared Karstetter ran routes with former teammates Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday throwing to him following the session.

"I'm just out here training, man," Karstetter said. "It's nice to have talented guys like Jeff and Connor throwing to me out there."

Karstetter, (6-4, 210), was recently released by the Detroit Lions after offseason OTAs (organized team activities) following the Detroit's resigning of six year pro Maurice Stovall.

"I'm just waiting for a phone call from the NFL," Karstetter said. "I don't care who calls, I just wanna keep playing."

Karstetter added that if that call doesn't come by the end of training camp, he'd reevaluate his options.

"Right now, I'm all in for the NFL, but the ultimate goal is professional football," Karstetter said.

Karstetter, who plans to go into the dentistry field once his playing days are done, excelled as a student at Washington State, winning an $18,000 post-graduate award given out for combining quality play, academics and/or citizenry.

Karstetter, who had 19 touchdowns at WSU as well as almost 2,000 career yards, said the stadium renovations taking place are impressive and believes Halliday and Tuel have grown well into their position.

"This is gonna be a fun team in the fall," Karstetter said. "Hopefully I won't get to see a game live. Hopefully I'll be playing ball somewhere."

Karstetter was emphatic when asked about Washington State, adding that he greatly enjoyed his time on the Palouse.

"Once a Coug, always a Coug, baby. Definitely," Karstetter said.

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