Madison (WQOW) — For the first time since Menomonie product Mason Stokke joined the Wisconsin football program, his name is on the Badgers two-deep roster, which was released Sunday.
Stokke, a redshirt sophomore, is listed as the second-string fullback behind junior Alec Ingold at fullback. Stokke’s been a linebacker ever since he arrived in Madison, but that changed late last week.
"Looking at the combination of what he can do and the depth at our inside linebacker spot, and the depth at fullback, I thought it would be a good fit for him," said Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst, "First day (Stokke worked at fullback in practice], he certainly took to it. There’s a lot to learn, but he’s a quick learner, and I feel good about that switch, actually."
Stokke’s first practice at fullback also caught the eye of Badgers offensive coordinator Joe Rudolph.
"With Mase (Mason Stokke), it was kind of unique, you know, there’s a guy that was affecting special teams but really wasn’t breaking into the lineup as a linebacker," Rudolph said. "Boy, he switched over, and in one day, you know, he did some things so natural to a fullback, you were like, [he’s] pretty good."
During his senior season at Menomonie in 2015, Stokke was a first-team All-State performer at both running back and linebacker.