Thirty-one players were named to the Football Championship Series (FCS) team of the 2010s released by STATS this week, and five of them are Minnesota natives.
Minnesotans making the STATS FCS 2010s All-Decade Team include:
- Zach Zenner, South Dakota State (2014)
- Jake Wieneke, South Dakota State (2017)
- Joel Haeg, North Dakota State (2015)
- Billy Turner, North Dakota State (2013)
- Marcus Williams, North Dakota State (2013)
Zenner, a former Eagan High School star, rushed for more than 2,000 yards in 2013, 2014 and 2015 and is now a running back in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.
Wieneke, from Maple Grove, was one of the biggest recruiting misses for the Gophers in the Jerry Kill era. He played four years at SDSU and finished with a staggering stat line of 288 catches for 5,157 yards and 59 touchdowns. He was picked up by the Vikings in 2018 as an undrafted free agent but didn't make the team. Wieneke now plays in the CFL for the Montreal Alouettes.
Haeg is a Lake Shore, Minnesota native who went to Brainerd High School before making it at NDSU as a walk-on. Two All-American seasons later he was drafted by the Colts and remains with Indianapolis now.
Turner preceded Haeg at NDSU after a standout high school career at Mounds View in the Twin Cities. He was a third-round pick after winning three national championships and earning All-America honors twice. Turner has started every game for the Packers this season.
Williams, a former star athlete at Hopkins High School, is No. 1 in NDSU history with 21 interceptions, seven of them returned for touchdowns. In 2015, Williams had six interceptions while playing for the New York Jets. He's now in his fifth season in the NFL and playing for the Bears.
You can see the full STATS FCS 2010s All-Decade Team here.