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    Tell him to come here...

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    Yeah he did a good amount of punt/kick off returns. Gets really good yardage.

    He is also good in cold climates, has played outside in snow in December

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    A little info that I know. As I am from Wisconsin and have a lot of family there.

    Whitewater is a small college town just south of Madison and Milwaukee. It is widely known around the state for its excellent football program and has been for several years. There are a lot of kids that decide to go there and play rather than Wisconsin for varies reasons. Whitewater has been a force for the last several years crushing almost all its competition including much bigger Division 2 schools. Stanley has been sort of an icon around the state for his big plays and game breaking ability. Many thought the kid should be playing for the U, however, I think maybe it was a bit more appealing being the big man on campus rather than fighting for playing time at the big campus.

    He is fast and elusive, and plays much bigger than his size. His hands could be a question, but then will show flashes of style and grace. He gets jammed easily at the line, but left untouched he is slippery as a snake. He is best when going in motion, so the corners can not jam him. All in all there has been a lot of buzz around this kid for a couple of years. He broke all his own records his senior year.

    The big thing about this is, don't discount him because of the small school, because this school is a force in football and knows how to play the game. He has learned under some great minds and Whitewater is held in the same esteem as the University of Wisconsin when it comes to football.

    Here is some stuff from the Whitewater site:

    One of the primary reasons for UW-Whitewater's quick-strike passing attack is the speed that Stan Zweifel's offense has at the wide reciever position. The poster-child for UW-W's wide-outs is Derek Stanley. The former All-State running back from Verona began his career as a defensive back and kick return specialist. Stanley earned All-American honors as a freshman by leading the nation in kick returns with a sensational 36.9 yards per return in 2003. He also returned a conference record two kickoff returns for TD's, a 97-yarder against UW-Platteville and an 83-yarder against UW-Stevens Point.

    Following a sophomore season that found Stanley make the adjustment to the wide reciever postion, the junior has exploded through the first three games of the 2005 season.

    The fleet wide reciever currently leads the WIAC with a gawdy 31.6 yards per catch and 116 yards per game. 11 catches so far in 2005, 5 of which have gone for touchdowns. None of the scoring catches have been cheapies with Stanley's TD catches coming from 25, 32, 44, 50, and 64 yards.

    His 4 catch for 95 yards and 2 touchdown performance has earned Derek Stanley one of the two Warhawk Offensive Player of the Week honors. Max Sakellaris (6'2, 285 lb, Jr) has been named this week's Offensive Lineman of the Week honoree. The Oak Park, Ill. native moved from center back out to offensive tackle and helped lead an offensive line that allowed Warhawk running backs to rush for a season-high 321 yards. The Hawk running backs averaged an amazing 11.9 yards per carry led by the one-two combination of Justin Beaver and Andy Lange. Beaver rushed 11 times for 138 yards and 2 touchdowns. Lange finished with a career-high 137 yards and 2 touchdowns.


    Derek Stanley continues to excel in both football & track and field for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Verona native completed his fifth career All-American performance this week at the 2006 NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships being held at Dominican University in Lisle, Ill.

    The talented athlete finished third in the long jump competition held on Thursday, May 25, 2006. Stanley jumped 23-feet 11 ¾ inches at the national meet. Paul Klemic of Richard Stockton (NJ) finished first in the competition with a leap of 24-feet 9 ¾ inches. Stanley has earned All-American four times in the long jump. Winning All-American honors indoors in 2004 and 2006. He also earned All-America honors outdoors as a freshman in 2004 in both the long jump and the triple jump.

    Stanley also excels on the football field, coming off a record-setting junior year as a wide receiver and kick returner on the NCAA III national runner-up Warhawk football team Stanley set a new school record last fall with 1,328 yards receiving yards eclipsing Anthony Talton’s single season receiving mark by 376 yards. His 16 touchdown catches also ties him for the top spot in the Warhawk football record book with Steve Tenhagen. Stanley’s 22.01 yards per catch in 2005 ranks third in the record book behind Talton (24.59 yards per catch) and Anthony Wooden (23.28 yards per catch).

    Another Warhawk football player, Alex Thompson, competed in shot put competition at the NCAA III Championship's but did not qualify for final's competition.

    Congratulations to the Warhawk men's track and field team for its best finish in school history. The Warhawks finished in third place after leading at the end of the first and second days of the national competition in Lisle, Illinois. UW-La Crosse won the men's competition with 74.5 points, followed by Lincoln University with 54 points and the Warhawks with 46 points. Highlighting the Warhawk effort was Ross Kapp who won the hammer throw competition on F
    Derek Stanley hauls in a pass during Saturday’s 24-21 win over UW-La Crosse. Stanley’s play has gained attention from scouts from each of the 32 NFL teams.
    Warhawk wide receiver Derek Stanley has been gaining a lot of attention for his amazing play throughout the season.
    But who would have ever believed that the former Associated Press All-State running back from Verona would receive attention from the National Football League?
    Stanley has been a force for the 'Hawks throughout his career, including a historical season last year where he caught 52 passes for a UW-Whitewater record 1,328 yards, an unheard of 25.5 yards per reception.
    He also tied the school record with 16 touchdowns and helped the Warhawks reach the NCAA Division III national championship game.
    This season, the senior is repeating last year’s performance with great plays that have caught the eyes of NFL scouts.
    "I met with every team in the NFL so far this year," said Stanley. "You never think as a kid that you have a chance to be a NFL player coming out of a small town. To have this opportunity is a blessing."
    Warhawks’ Head Coach Bob Berezowitz and Offensive Coordinator Stan Zweifel have seen Stanley excel in so many capacities since joining their program and both believe that there’s no question the wide receiver is NFL bound.
    "Every NFL team has come and watched a tape of Derek [Stanley] this fall," said Zweifel. "There hasn't been a team that did not come to see him play. I'm not surprised about it. He's a very gifted athlete with remarkable speed and has the physical qualifications to play."
    Berezowitz agrees with his offensive coordinator that Stanley has been a remarkable athlete to the Warhawk program.
    "Stanley has been a great player for UW-Whitewater over the past four seasons," said Berezowitz. "He has done many outstanding things for our team. He is a tremendous individual with great athletic talent and hopefully he will have an opportunity to be in an NFL camp next summer."
    Stanley had a great junior year, but it was his team’s success that made him receive a vast amount of recognition. In the national championship game, he recorded seven catches for 99 yards.
    "He has been an enormous big play guy for us over the course of his career,” said Zweifel. “I think he's been a real important part of the success that our football team has had."
    The senior will be a huge pickup for NFL teams because of his ability to perform at more than one position.
    Stanley, who played as a running back in high school, began his freshman year at UW-Whitewater as a defensive back and gained All-American honors as a kick returner. At the same time, he received that status in the long jump event in track and field to become the only UW-Whitewater athlete to earn such honors in two sports during the same school year.
    Berezowitz thought that the wide receiver position would be more suitable for Stanley because of his amazing athletic skills. However, he took on the task of performing on defense as well in last season’s title run.
    The physical education major was seriously considering transferring to the UW-Madison to concentrate on his track abilities, but he feels that he made the right decision and is still looked at by the NFL.
    Zweifel knows that Stanley is having an incredible senior year, but it was his quickness that impressed NFL teams.
    "He's got great speed and that’s something that will always draw attention,” said Zweifel. “That’s because speed is a factor that you can't coach."
    Stanley, a speed demon with a reported 40-yard dash time of 4.33 seconds last summer, made First-Team Offense on the 2006 All-WIAC Football Team. He credits his teammates and coaching staff for his numerous collegiate accomplishments.
    "A lot has done with the coaching I've had," said Stanley. "God has blessed me with the abilities and talents that I have but to refine those abilities and talents, I definitely needed the coaching staff, and my teammates.”
    The NFL has always been a dream of Stanley’s. However, Stanley is quick to point out that he's not focused on the NFL at the moment.
    "Right now I don't want to overlook the next game with all the publicity I'm getting with teams coming in and all that kind of stuff," said Stanley. "We just have to focus on the next day of practice, and the next game we have coming up."
    Stanley also wants to improve on running routes, reading defenses and getting out of his breaks quicker to make him NFL ready.
    "It has been a pleasure to coach Derek [Stanley] on and off the football field," said Berezowitz.
    UW-Whitewater attracting NFL scouts

    By Tom Oates Wisconsin State Journal

    MADISON -- UW-Whitewater playing Mount Union (Ohio) for the NCAA Division III football championship might be same old, same old, but one thing is new for the Warhawks this season:

    NFL scouts.

    No, the scouts aren't fighting over the remote control in the Warhawks' video room or jockeying for position at their practices. However, there was a steady flow of them through Whitewater as the Warhawks won their first 14 games to set up Saturday's title-game rematch.

    ''We're not an NFL factory,'' coach Bob Berezowitz said.

    True, Whitewater isn't a school that regularly supplies the NFL with talent. Who in Division III is? But after going 28-1 the past two seasons, the Warhawks have some seniors who are forcing NFL scouts to at least evaluate them.

    Wide receiver Derek Stanley and tight end Pete Schmitt are drawing the most attention as potential late-round draft picks or guys who could get into an NFL camp as free agents. Linebacker Robb Widuch and quarterback Justin Jacobs are being looked at as well.

    Despite its 50-year run as a small-college power, Whitewater has had few NFL players. St. Louis Rams punter Matt Turk is in his 12th NFL season, but the school's only other NFL player was halfback Vilnis Ezerins, who played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1968.

    ''There's nothing that's compared to this,'' said Berezowitz, who is in his 22nd and final season as coach.

    Berezowitz said 30 NFL teams have sent scouts to Whitewater and a 31st, Dallas, had scouts watching when the Warhawks practiced at the Cowboys' facility in October. Some teams sent scouts in for a second look, which indicates they are intrigued.

    Indeed, the current level of interest in Whitewater players is remarkable. It is even more remarkable that none of the players the scouts are evaluating transferred from a higher division. These are players who were recruited and developed by the Whitewater coaches.

    Of the seniors, Stanley is the most likely to slip into the draft. A 5-foot-11 wide receiver, he became well-known in NFL scouting circles when a combine scout passed through Whitewater in March and timed him at 4.38 in the 40. Stanley's return ability alone makes him a prospect.

    ''Because of his speed and his vertical jump, he's got an opportunity to do a lot of things,'' Berezowitz said. ''He's got some raw talent they could work with.''

    Schmitt, who is 6-3 and 246 pounds, has one asset NFL teams want in their tight ends - speed. Schmitt gained 20 pounds since last year and still runs the 40 in 4.68. Berezowitz compared him favorably to UW-Oshkosh's Bob Docherty, who got into Kansas City's camp this year but didn't stick.

    ''They think Pete Schmitt's a raw type of kid who can run pretty well and has good size,'' Berezowitz said. ''If the guy from Oshkosh, Docherty, got in at Kansas City, Schmitt definitely will because he can run and catch a lot better than (Docherty) can.''

    No matter what happens down the road, the mere fact the NFL is watching shows how high the talent level is at Whitewater these days.

    ''That's probably why we're playing for what we're playing for,'' Berezowitz said. ''It's called having athletes, right?''

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    I refuse to read that

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    brings a tear to my eye

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    Welcome, Breakpoint. You mentioned that ya'll were undefeated except for the game against Mt. Union. How many times have you lost to them and what happened that you could not prevail? We don't get much DIII info down here in Arkansas, so I'd appreciate your comments.


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    We lost to Mt Union twice, we only played them at the National Championships since the are in a different conference. Otherwise we never face them in regular season, which both teams post up the same amount of good numbers when facing other teams

    Well I would say that Mt Union (which is in Ohio) is an all-around better team, they dont have one major star player, they just all click better I believe

    Maybe it was the defense for Whitewater in the second half unable to contain them well

    Whitewater has posted some good points against them in the game, but they just out score


    But another major part is that Mt Union is able to get there Freshman and Sophmore players into lower level games since they dont have a cap on there player amount (they have Freshman D3, Sophmore D3, and Varsity D3)

    Whitewater has a cap in our confrence so we cant "hire" everyone who wants to play, which would be nice since Whitewater is twice the size of Mt Union, and the freshman and sophmores dont get any game experince to much later, usually junior year. (our confrence only allows varsity D3)
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    Maybe a special teams contributor.....wide how.

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    Re: With the 249th pick, St. Louis selects Derek Stanley, WR, Wisconsin-Whitewater

    I'd like to know who if anybody from Whitewater, has made it in the NFL?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fortuninerhater View Post
    I'd like to know who if anybody from Whitewater, has made it in the NFL?
    Matt Turk graduated from Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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    lol you just owned Fortuninerhater

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigredman View Post
    Maybe a special teams contributor.....wide how.
    Never say never...

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    Re: With the 249th pick, St. Louis selects Derek Stanley, WR, Wisconsin-Whitewater

    apparently he was just signed:

    3 year $1 million deal

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