As 2017 comes to an end it’s time to take a look back at the Menomonie High School Football Alumni competing at the college level and their seasons in 2017.

Marcus Smith

Smith captained the Wheaton college football team in 2017. The senior wrapped up his stellar college career with another sensational season this this fall. He was selected First Team All Conference (CCIW) as a defensive back and was also selected to the All North Region Team. In his career he tallied 131 career tackles, six interceptions, 34 pass deflections, four forced fumbles and and one fumble recovery. The Thunder finished 8-2 in 2017 narrowly missing the national playoffs for the first time in three years. Smith enjoyed back-to-back 11 win seasons his junior and sophomore seasons.

A.J. Naatz

A junior at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Naatz started at linebacker for the Bulldogs in 2017, where he was a First Team All Conference (Northern Sun) selection at linebacker, accumulating 39 tackles, six tackles for losses and four quarterback (QB) sacks. The Bulldogs finished the regular season with a 9-2 record and were champions of the North side of the Northern Sun, but narrowly missed the national playoffs. They were selected to play in the Mineral Water Bowl where they lost to Central Missouri.

Luke Stanley

Stanley, a junior, took a medical redshirt at the University of North Dakota in 2017 after leading the Hawks in receiving in 2015, and finishing second in receiving in 2016. He was selected to the Big Sky All-Academic Team.

Hayden Swartz

The junior receiver for Moorhead State University had 428 yards receiving, 20 receptions and four touchdown catches with the longest covering 71 yards. He averaged 21.4 yards a catch for the Dragons, a Division II school in the Northern Sun Conference.

Nate Stanley

In his sophomore season, Stanley led the University of Iowa to an 8-5 record and a win in the Pinstripe Bowl over Boston College. Stanley completed 196 passes and threw 26 touchdowns (TDs) in 2017, one short of the record — held by Chuck Long — for most TD passes in a season at Iowa. Stanley was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection at QB. He drew national attention throwing five TD passes in a major upset over Ohio State. He started all 13 games for the Hawkeyes.

Mason Stokke

Stokke, a redshirt freshman linebacker for the University Of Wisconsin-Madison, missed the 2017 season due to an Achilles injury and looks to return to the Badgers in 2018. The Badgers finished 13-1 and defeated Miami in the Orange Bowl. It was the first Badgers team to reach 13 wins.

Dalton Rowan

Rowan made the move to fullback his sophomore season at Itasca Junior College and was used primarily as a blocker. He finished the season with eight receptions out of the backfield and one TD reception for the Vikings.

Alex Larson

The sophomore linebacker served in a reserve role at the University of Minnesota State-Moorhead, a Division II school in the Northern Sun Conference.

Austen Staidel

A sophomore defensive lineman for the Central Lakes Raiders missed the 2017 season with an injury. The Raiders finished 8-2.

Doug Hamilton

Hamilton began his college career as a center for the Ridgewater College Warriors and started every game in 2017. Hamilton was an all-conference selection in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.

Alex Fenton

Fenton was red-shirted his freshman season at UW-Madison. He was dressed and on the sideline for the Orange Bowl where the Badgers defeated the Miami Hurricanes. The Badgers were Big Ten West Champions in 2017.

Jace LaBuda

LaBuda was red-shirted as a quarterback his freshman season this fall at Winona State University. Winona finished 10-1 in the regular season and qualified for the national playoffs, losing to the eventual DII national champion Texas A&M Commerce.

Rhett Sheehan

Sheehan, a freshman safety, was red-shirted at Concordia University in St. Paul, a DII school in the Northern Sun conference.

Waylon Quilling

Quilling, a freshman defensive lineman, was red-shirted at Southwest State University, a DII school in the Northern Sun Conference.

Jadyn Jensen

The freshman running back was red-shirted this season at Rochester College. The Yellow Jackets finished with a 7-3 record.

Jake Goodman

A freshman defensive back appeared in six games for the University of Minnesota-Duluth and accumulated 10 tackles, one interception, two blocked kicks and handled the long snapping duties.

Dalton Rowan

Rowan had played his two years at Itasca Junior College and signed a football scholarship with Avila University in Kansas City Mo. on Wednesday, Jan. 3 to continue his football and academic career.


Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at or (715) 279-6721.

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