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FNS Photo by David Samson North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen celebrates a return trip to Frisco, Texas on Dec. 20 before the FCS semifinal playoff game at the Fargodome.

Dolphins make NDSU’s Jensen feel welcome

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FARGO — The Miami Dolphins made Brock Jensen feel wanted. That’s why the former North Dakota State quarterback decided to head to Miami.

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Jensen signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted rookie soon after the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday.

“I didn’t really wait around for teams to give their specific offers,” said Jensen on Monday. “Once I said ‘Let’s do it’ I got calls from the coaching staff and they were just excited.”

Jensen said he started to hear from the Dolphins on Saturday as early as the fifth round of the draft.

Jensen said Miami told him it wasn’t going to draft a QB, but wanted to sign him as an undrafted free agent.

“It’s a great situation,” Jensen said. “You can’t go wrong going to a place where you are wanted. That’s what made up my mind. … I know they liked me a lot and they are willing to work with me and see a lot of potential in me.”

The Dolphins also drafted former Bison offensive tackle Billy Turner in the third round.

Turner and Jensen were teammates for four years at NDSU and both helped the Bison win three consecutive Division I FCS national titles.

Jensen said it is a “nice coincidence” that Turner also ended up with Miami.

“It’s big because you have a guy to go through being a rookie with,” said Jensen.

The Dolphins weren’t afraid to select players from the FCS level in this year’s draft. Miami had eight draft picks and five were used for players who played in FCS.

“They know that it’s not necessarily the level that you play at that matters, it’s the type of player that you are,” Jensen said. “It’s cool to see other FCS guys get the chance. … They clearly see the value in those guys and I am just happy to be one of them.”

The Dolphins had four quarterbacks on their roster prior to signing Jensen. Ryan Tannehill was the starter last season with veteran Matt Moore being the back up. Jensen would likely compete with Pat Devlin for the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.

“Being a developing quarterback, I have a lot to learn and I am willing to learn. I have that winning background,” Jensen said.

Jensen ended his career as the winningest QB in FCS history. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Jensen, from Waupaca, Wis., had a 43-2 record over his final three seasons with the Bison en route to three national championships.

“I won a lot of games in my career and they wanted to bring in a winner,” Jensen said. “There is no doubt in my mind that I’m going to put in the work and do all the things I need to do to help the Miami Dolphins.”

Jensen plans to head to Miami next Sunday to join the Dolphins.

While Jensen knows, earning a spot with Miami is going to be challenging, he’s ready to compete.

“I think if you put in what is takes you’re going to find yourself in a good situation; you’re going to find yourself on the team,” Jensen said. “I’ve not been the first guy to be looked at in situations. I always will have that chip on my shoulder and know that I have to prove myself because that’s all I’ve ever done.”

Former NDSU players Marcus Williams and Bryan Shepherd, both defensive backs, also signed with NFL teams after the draft on Saturday. Williams signed with the Houston Texans. Shepherd signed with the Washington Redskins.

“We had a pretty good team last year to say the least,” Jensen said. “I think even a lot more guys … deserved a shot and maybe they will still get their shot. … I wish all those other guys the best of luck. They were fun teammates to have. They are my lifelong friends.”

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Eric Peterson
Peterson covers small college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.

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