Former Mustang garners All-America recognition

Austin Smestad

Former Mounds View High School standout Austin Smestad recently wrapped up his college football career and not long after his final game was awarded an impressive honor. 

A senior at Washington University in St. Louis, Smestad was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division III Football second team. Smestad is a chemical engineering major and carries a 3.94 grade-point average.

In addition to the academic All-America honor, Smestad is a three-time academic All-University Athletic Association and academic All-District selection.

“Austin has had a great career at Washington University in both the academic and athletic arenas,” said Washington head coach Larry Kindbom. “His road to achievement in the chemical engineering world while playing collegiate football is a model for our student-athletes. He competes and collaborates with his peers, a representation of what Washington University is all about on the field and in the classroom.”

Smestad finished his four-year football career seventh on Washington’s all-time rushing yards list with 1,850 and 10th in scoring with 150 points. 

In 2016, Smestad was named first-team all-UAA and second-team all-Southern Athletic Association after leading the team and ranking fourth in the SAA with 82 rushing yards. He was third in the league in rushing touchdowns with 13 and tied the Washington University single-season record of 15 total touchdowns.

Among his top games this season was a 197-yard, three-touchdown performance in a 49-46 win over Hendrix on senior day on Nov. 5. He earned team-of-the-week honors after scoring three touchdowns and rushing for 169 yards in a 36-21 victory over Birmingham Southern on Sept. 24.

Washington went 8-3 in 2016 and advanced to the NCAA Division III playoffs, where it fell in the first round to Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Oshkosh plays for the Division III national title against Mary Hardin-Baylor on Dec. 16 in Salem, Va.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


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