Luke Larsen, East Carolina


East Carolina University punter Luke Larsen, a graduate student working toward a master’s degree in business administration, has been named a Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete presented by

Larsen, who is from Australia and at 31 years old is one of the oldest players in the Football Bowl Subdivision, earned his undergraduate degree in industrial logistics and distribution. He has a 3.7 grade-point average and is a repeat member of American Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and the East Carolina Director of Athletics Honor Roll. 

On the field, Larsen enjoyed another strong season, averaging 40.9 yards per punt.

“Luke excels in the classroom and is well-liked by his professors and peers,” said Lindsay Arnold, East Carolina’s football academic coordinator. “He provides unique insight in class discussion, as he worked full-time prior to coming to East Carolina University. Luke has always been an independent learner and a conscientious student, all while balancing the demands of being an international Division I football student-athlete.”

The Military Bowl and are proud to announce the members of the third annual Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program, recognizing some of the brightest minds taking the football field in the ACC and the American Athletic Conference.

“The Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program presented by recognizes some of the brightest minds taking the football field each weekend,” Military Bowl Foundation President & Executive Director Steve Beck said. “Together with, we commend these student-athletes for their ability to succeed on the field and in the classroom while managing a most challenging course load.”

 The Military Bowl STEM Scholar-Athlete Program honors one football player at each university that is a member of the ACC and the American Athletic Conference – the two conferences that are represented in the Military Bowl college football game. These players are studying STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects and/or aspire to STEM careers.

“STEM education is the cornerstone of innovation, equipping the next generation with critical thinking skills to tackle global challenges,” said Kiley Wren, co-founder and co-chief executive at BlueForge Alliance, owners and operators of “These courses prepare students for purposeful, high-demand career paths while fostering adaptability, collaboration, and technological literacy. At BlueForge Alliance, empowering individuals with a stable foundation of knowledge pairs directly into our mission of ensuring a resilient and adaptable skilled trades workforce ready to meet the demands of revitalizing our nation’s defense. We’re proud to join the Military Bowl in recognizing outstanding student athletes aiming to make an impact off the field while supporting their fellow students’ pursuits.”