Holtorf, Reuter Named First Team Academic All-Americans

Courtesy of K-State Sports Information 

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State junior offensive lineman Adam Holtorf and senior wide receiver Zach Reuter have been named 2018 CoSIDA First Team Academic All-Americans, the College Sports Information Directors of America announced Monday.

They are the first two Wildcats to be named to the first team since Tysyn Hartman in 2011, while they are the first set of K-State teammates to earn first-team honors in the same season since Kevin Lockett and Jason Johnson in 1996.

Holtorf earned Academic All-America honors for a second-straight season as he was a second-team honoree last year. He is the first Wildcat to earn consecutive All-America accolades since Jeron Mastrud in 2008-09.

Holtorf, who carries a 3.96 GPA in agribusiness, has been named a First Team Academic All-Big 12 performer the last two years and was nominated with a 4.0 GPA both times. The Seward, Nebraska, product started all 12 games in 2018, helping the Wildcats average 182.6 rushing yards per game to finish third in the Big 12. That total included a 184.2-yard average in conference games to rank second.

Reuter, a biochemistry/pre-med major who holds a perfect 4.0 GPA, finished his career by tallying three-straight First Team Academic All-Big 12 accolades and is one of just six players in Big 12 history to be nominated with a 4.0 GPA in three-consecutive seasons. A native of Columbia, Missouri, Reuter concluded his final campaign by hauling in 18 receptions for 239 yards in 12 games, which included five starts.

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.