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Badger Nation gets to know Mason Stokke in the Freshman Fifteen

The third commit in Wisconsin’s 2016 class, Mason Stokke brings versatility and toughness to the Badgers’ roster. Badger Nation gets to know the freshman a little better in the return of our popular feature.

MADISON – When it came to figuring out what position Mason Stokke would play at the University of Wisconsin, the Badgers coaching staff had plenty of options.

A first-team all-state as both a linebacker and running back by Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Associated Press as a senior, Stokke rushes for 1,740 yards and 29 touchdowns while logging 184 tackles, 22 TFLs, 2 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and 3 interceptions. Not only was he versatile, Stokke was tough, winning the state wrestling title at 195 pounds his junior year, not surrendering a single point during state tournament and finishing season with 45-0 record.

The Wisconsin staff settled on inside linebacker for the 6-2, 217-pound Stokke, who was named the 2015 WFCA Defensive Player of the Year and won the John Anderson Award winner as state’s top senior linebacker. Redshirting this season due to the depth at the position, Stokke is primed to be an impact player for the Badgers.

Asking 15 questions, we call this segment the Freshman Fifteen.

What’s been the hardest part for you adjusting to college life?

Stokke: Probably the toughest part is time management. My schedule definitely got a lot busier, so it’s a tough adjustment to get everything organized.

What’s been the hardest part adjusting to college football?

Stokke: Definitely the hardest part is the speed and the knowledge of the game need to be at another level. Taking it to another level is a tough jump.

How did you prepare your body before coming to college so you would be able to step right in and start competing?

Stokke: I did a speed training program and Menomonie has a good weightlifting program, so those two things really helped.

What do you think your strengths are right now where you can help this team and what your biggest areas of weaknesses?

Stokke: Some things I am trying to correct is pass coverage, also learning more about the playbook. I’m really trying to get that down and learning more about the game. Strengths? I feel like I read the ball pretty fast.

How is Madison different than your hometown of Menomonie?

Stokke: I come from a small town, so it’s quite a bit different living in a bigger city like this.

Do you have any idea what you want to study in college?

Stokke: I’m thinking business management, but I’m still not decided on that.

What’s your favorite place on the Madison campus?

Stokke: Probably State Street area. It’s a fun place to be with all the restaurants.

What’s your least favorite place on campus?

Stokke: That’s a tough one. I don’t think I have a least favorite spot.

What do you enjoy doing most in your free time when you get the chance to kick back and relax?

Stokke: I like to go hang out on the lake in the summer time or hang out with friends on the team.

Who are you living with this fall?

Stokke: Right now I’m living with Luke Benzschawel.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learn about Luke?

Stokke: He likes movie quotes. He says a lot of things from the Trailer Park Boys (a Canadian television show).

Where does your biggest support come from?

Stokke: Obviously my family, but I would say the whole Wisconsin coaching staff, academic advisers and even teammates, too, have given me a lot of support.

What’s your parents’ reaction to you playing college football here, being on your own for the first time and starting your journey at this school?

Stokke: Both my parents are Badgers fans, so they were super excited for me.

From all of your scholarship offers (Army, Iowa, Northern Illinois and Western Illinois), what made Wisconsin stand out from everyone else?

Stokke: I really fell in love with the coaches and the school, just that atmosphere here. I could really tell there was something special here and I wanted to be a part of it. Growing up as a Badger fan, there couldn’t be a better place.

What it’s like to put on the Wisconsin jersey every day, run out of the tunnel in front of 80,000 fans and be a part of this program on a daily basis?

Stokke: It’s definitely been a fun ride so hard, but I have to keep working to help this program win.

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