Champion on the field. Champion in the classroom.
Jake Eldrenkamp (BA 2016), a Husky football star who graduated cum laude last spring from the UW Foster School of Business, has been named Pac-12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Football.
In June, Eldrenkamp completed his undergraduate degree in finance with a 3.71 cumulative grade point average after making the Dean’s List eight times. Now a fifth-year senior offensive lineman with the Pac-12 champions, he is the first Husky to win the conference’s top academic award for football since the Scholar-Athlete of the Year program was started in 2007.
Eldrenkamp, from Medina, WA, also was one of nine Washington players to earn 2016 first-team All-Pac-12 honors this year. He mans the engine room of the explosive Husky attack that ranks third in the nation in scoring and fifth in the nation in yards-per-play.
His work at the Foster School has earned Eldrencamp a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District team and three consecutive Academic All-Pac-12 selections.
He is joined on the Academic All-Pac-12 first team by Jeff Lindquist (BA 2016). Lindquist, a former quarterback turned tight end and special-teamer, also graduated from Foster in June with a 3.50 GPA.
After capping their 12-1 season with a resounding 41-10 victory over the 8th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes to win the Pac-12 Championship last week, the Washington Huskies have earned a berth in the College Football Playoff. The 4th-ranked Huskies will battle top-ranked Alabama in the Peach Bowl semifinal on New Year’s Eve. The winner will face either Clemson or Ohio State for the NCAA national championship on January 9 in Tampa.