He'd like to be a federal judge and a history professor, "not necessarily at the same time," he said.
He just couldn't figure out how to be in two places at once.
While studying for his master's in history - he redshirted as a freshman - Unterreiner is one of the top runners on the Cardinal's No. 2-ranked cross-country team. The NCAA Championships are Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
Trouble is, he's one of 32 American finalists for the Rhodes scholarship, a grant that provides study at England's Oxford University for a year with all expenses paid.
His first interview with Rhodes Trust officials is Friday in Seattle. Then he's supposed to be back in Seattle on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. (PST) for a follow-up interview. The 10,000-meter race starts at 1:15 p.m. (EST) and will last a little more than 30 minutes.