Former Washington State wide receiver Jared Karstetter is spending his week practicing at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, California in preparation for this weekend's inaugural AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Karstetter saw playing time in all four of his years with the Cougars, and he does have a specific memory that stands out. "Apple Cup my freshman year. I made a catch on the sideline at the end to help put it into overtime; it was just a fun memory of the game."
The Washington State staff has transitioned over the past few months and though Karstetter has yet to meet them, he's hearing great things from players still on the team. "People ask me that, but Coach Leach got in there after school got out for us. The guys I've talked to like them a lot and they're excited, especially the offensive guys, so I think everyone is excited," he said.
Karstetter is one of three Cougars playing in the game and is enjoying one more game with teammates linebacker Alex Hoffman-Ellis and running back Logwone Mitz. "I was excited (to see their names on the roster). Sometimes you wonder if you'll ever be able to play with the same guys again, so it's fun to get another chance to do it," he said.
Karstetter finished his senior season with 60 receptions for 700 yards and six touchdowns.