A 2003 graduate of Menomonie High School returns home this Saturday.
Mike Schmidt won a WIAA state football championship in 2002 wearing the Menomonie maroon and white. He returns in 2016 wearing UW-La Crosse maroon and gray, trying to lead the Eagles to their first 5-0 start since 1996.
UWL faces 2-2 UW-Stout in their second WIAC contest of the season following a 35-14 win last weekend against UW-River Falls.
Even with a big game looming in ten days against UW-Whitewater, the focus for Schmidt and his team are on the Blue Devils.
"We're coming off of not being very good so we don't take any games or any wins for granted. And I think even if the records are 2-2 and 4-0, really we know this is going to be a really tough game."
"We fully expect to win any game that we're going to play and I think we are good enough to win any game that we're going to play and that's including those really good teams. I told them before the game the other night, 'We're one of those really good teams."
Through four games a lot has gone well for the Eagles with great statistics on both sides of the football.
Linebacker Peter Krein was named the WIAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, working on a defensive unit allowing 20 fewer points per game compared to last season.
"Yeah he's done such a great job, he's just so in tune to what we're looking for. He knows the scheme, he knows what we're trying to accomplish, he's on my wavelenght. I tell those guys that every time that I need them to be thinking like I think on the field at that position. But boy he's just done a wonderful job. I don't know if even I expected him to be as good as he's played so far."