UW This Season: J.J. Raterink returns for his senior year as a key contributor for the Wyoming Football team. He earned the backup role at quarterback in 2004 spring drills, and he will once again be the holder on all field-goal and extra-point attempts. An extremely intelligent player with a great work ethic, he demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities. Raterink plans to apply for a Rhodes Scholarship at the conclusion of his college career.
2003: Raterink appeared in all 12 games for Wyoming as its holder on field-goal and extra-point attempts. He did not attempt any passes his junior season. He earned Academic All-Conference honors and MWC Scholar-Athlete honors for the second consecutive year, carrying a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade-point average.
2002: Did not have any passing or rushing attempts, playing behind the Bramlet brothers at quarterback. Named Academic All-Conference and MWC Scholar-Athlete for the first time, and earned his second varsity letter.
2001: Was the backup to starting quarterback Casey Bramlet. Saw limited action, completing three of five pass attempts for 37 yards. Saw most of his playing time as the Cowboys' field goal and PAT holder.
High School: At Skyline High School in Longmont, Colo., Raterink earned a perfect 4.00 grade point average, was co-valedictorian of his senior class and was a member of the National Honor Society. He earned Second Team All-State honors as a quarterback in football while leading Skyline to the Northern Conference championship and a second-place finish in the state playoffs. As a basketball player, he was an All-State selection and was named by KCNC-TV as the 1999-2000 Colorado Academic Prep Athlete of the Year. Raterink also earned Second Team All-Region honors in baseball as a senior. He was captain of both his football and basketball teams as a senior.
Personal: Born Aug. 4, 1981, he is the youngest of two children of Ginger and George Raterink. His father played baseball in junior college. Raterink is majoring in business administration.