Nate Stanley

Nate Stanley (#4), of Menomonie, will take over first string quarterback duties for the University of Iowa football team this fall. Stanley can be seen in action in the season opener, scheduled to kick-off at noon on Saturday at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

The University of Iowa football team will be led by 2016 Menomonie High School graduate, Nathan Stanley.

The sophomore quarterback was named the starter this week, for the season opener Sept. 2 verses the Wyoming Cowboys. The game is scheduled to kick-off at 12 p.m. at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.

Nate Stanley is used to the spotlight as the former three-year starter for coach Joe LaBuda and the Mustang football team. Stanley was also a four-year starter in both basketball and baseball.

Many of the touchdowns he threw his sophomore year went to his older brother, Luke Stanley. As such, Nate is primed for the big stage of being a starter. The Big Ten Conference is one of the largest stages in collegiate sports. In football, it is only amplified, and this Saturday, Stanley will have the opportunity to shine once again.

“Nate has always been a young man who could handle pressure,” LaBuda said. “His great leadership skills, unwavering character, intelligence and tremendous work ethic is what will allow him to be able to handle this big stage at only 19 years old. ... Physically he has everything coaches are looking for in a Big Ten quarterback: great size and a big arm.”

Nate is the son of proud parents, Donita and Jay Stanley, and younger brother of Luke, who is blazing his own trail playing football for the University of North Dakota Fighting Hawks. The junior wide receiver is majoring in mechanical engineering, and on the field, catches some major touchdowns. Luke was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team in 2016.

But this Saturday, the stage is set for Nate Stanley to begin leading the Hawkeye team. It is a big deal to make a college football team — but it is a huge deal to be named a starter. Add on the pressure of being a starting quarterback in the Big Ten, and that is ultimate. If anyone can handle that ultimate stage, Stanley is the young man to do so.

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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 laura.giammattei@lee.net or (715) 279-6721.

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