Alex Kropp has the numbers. Great figures to admire and envy.
The Cosumnes Oaks senior quarterback isn't major-college-recruit-big at 6 feet and 175 pounds. His fastest time in the 40-yard dash isn't much better than that of the offensive guards and tackles who protect him. His vertical leap is no threat to school records.
The statistic that separates Kropp from the average football player, however, is his grade point average. It's of the Ivy League-attention-grabbing variety: an accumulative 4.65.
"I'd rather have a high GPA than a great 40 time, because my academics are going to carry me farther than football. Grades are my future," said Kropp, who hopes to play at an Ivy League school. "Any kid can say he plays sports and be proud, and I am, but I am even more honored that I might be at the top of my graduating class, and that's what really pops people's eyes."
Next Monday, Kropp will learn where his Advanced Placement testing scores taken as a junior last spring place him in his class. He predicts that he will carry a 4.7 throughout his senior year while delving into an AP load of economics, government, literature, biology and statistics. How's that for showing off?
On the field, Kropp will lead a team that features national recruits in wide receiver Alex Van Dyke and tackle Kameron Schroeder. Kropp passed for 1,427 yards and 16 touchdowns for the 9-3 Wolfpack last fall while enduring several injuries.
Kropp credits his parents for conditioning him to study and achieve. His mother, Mary Beth, is the principal at Foulks Ranch Elementary School in Elk Grove. His father, Michael, is a chemical sales executive who manages outfits in 11 states.
Kropp also gives advice for all student-athletes.
"You're a student first," he said. "It's hard to do well on the field or in a game if you can't do it in the classroom. Success starts in the classroom."
A celebration of life for former Sacramento State football booster president Lloyd Snelson is scheduled for today from 1 to 4 p.m. at the school's Alumni Center.
Snelson died at 78 on June 23 after a long illness.
To fully understand Snelson is also to appreciate his humor, said retired Hornets assistant coach Bob Visger.
"A few years ago," Visger said, "we received an invitation to Lloyd's funeral. Lloyd wanted a big party when he died, but he didn't want to miss it, so he hosted his own memorial service, a sit-down dinner and roast for himself at the Alumni Center for about 300 people. It's the only funeral I've ever been to where the deceased was in attendance and laughing.
"I'm so glad I was able to have a couple drinks with him at his (first) funeral. (Today), we'll have a few more."
Have cleats, will travel
A poker game yielded more than cash winnings for KJ Monroe.
He scored Raiders gear.
The father of 2012 Bee football Player of the Year Brandon Monroe of Del Oro, Monroe spoke with a Raiders strength coach during a card game. Monroe discovered that the Raiders discard a lot of cleats and practice pants after organized team activities and minicamps.
Monroe was invited to the Raiders' headquarters in Alameda to pick up 18 pairs of cleats and practice pants. He delivered the goods to first-year Foothill coach Tim Trokey, whose brother, Mike, played for Monroe 20 years ago in Southern California.
"The Raiders are giving back to the community," Monroe said. "Some of these cleats have only been used a few times. The kids can use these. Money's tight at some of these schools."