Menomonie (WQOW) -- While some observers may be surprised by Nate Stanley's success as a sophomore quarterback at Iowa, his former high school coach is not.
Long-time Menomonie coach Joe LaBuda says what Stanley's doing now is similar to what he did earlier in his career with the Mustangs.
"You know, I'm extremely proud of him but I guess I'm not overly surprised," says LaBuda, "he's always been one of those guys that's way ahead of the ballgame. When he was in fifth grade he was playing on an eighth grade basketball team, and just one of those kids that's always been ahead of everything. He started for us as a sophomore, which is hard to do at the quarterback position and was actually on the varsity with us as a freshman, so if you know Nate and the work ethic he has, what he's all about, I guess I'm not really that surprised."
Stanley has thrown for 1,929 yards and 22 touchdowns, with just four interceptions this season, and is coming off a career-best 5 TD passes in a win over Ohio State. With him going up against Wisconsin on Saturday, it creates an interesting dilemma for LaBuda, who has two former players Mason Stokke and Alex Fenton on the Badgers roster, with current senior Mason Platter verbally committed to play at Wisconsin.
"You're obviously going to be hoping for Nate when Iowa has the ball, but I'm a long-time Badger fan, so it's going to be a strange feeling being at the game." says LaBuda, "when I went to an Iowa game earlier this season with Nate's dad, it was obviously easy to cheer for Iowa and that's who I wanted to win and so it's a little bit of a strange feeling, but obviously, I've got to hope for Nate, but it's kind of a different feeling going to the game ."