Jeron is the son of two teachers, Brad and Dede Mastrud. Education has always been at the forefront of Mastrud’s priorities, and showed in high school, graduating with a 4.02 GPA while starting varsity football and basketball for three years. Garnering the recognition of several Ivy League schools, Jeron opted to pursue his dream of football at Kansas State University on a full athletic scholarship.
Mastrud wasted no time in making the most of his opportunity at K-State. He started the very first game of the season at Tight End, quickly making the change from the quarterback position and gaining the trust of the coaching stuff. Early success on the field was coupled with a 4.0GPA as a freshman and led to Mastrud’s selection as the Student Athlete Advisory Committee representative at the end of the school year. Only a sophomore, he helped the football team raise the most money for the Adopt-A-Family Christmas Program, giving gifts to families less fortunate. Philanthropic endeavors were a priority for Jeron. Along with being the SAAC representative and the Adopt-A-Family, he served as a mentor to troubled middle school students, spent time in elementary classrooms reading books to kids, and played an active role in the Kansas Special Olympics. He concluded his collegiate career playing in 48 out of 49 possible games, setting the record for most receptions by a Tight End in Kansas State history, and earning AP 1st Team All Big XII honors as a senior. He was captain of the team as a senior and also served as an ambassador of the football program at booster (Catbacker) events as a junior and senior.
His leadership, off the field philanthropy, and academic success (1st Team All Big XII 2007, 2008, 2009, 2nd Team All American 2008, 2009) led to him earning the ARA Sportsmanship Trophy.