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It's official: Grant Olson suffers ACL knee injury, will miss the rest of the season for NDSU's football team

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FARGO - It's official. Grant Olson has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee which will end his season and career for North Dakota State's football team.

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"I don't see that changing," Bison head coach Craig Bohl said during his weekly Monday press conference.

Olson, a senior middle linebacker who has been NDSU's leading tackler for the last two seasons, injured his knee on the third play of the second half during a 28-10 home win over Illinois State Saturday.

Carlton Littlejohn, who filled in for Olson Saturday, will do it again when the Bison travel to Youngstown State this Saturday. Littlejohn had a career-high 16 trackles last Saturday.

Bohl said All-American Marcus Williams suffered a slight MCL sprain in his knee during the first half of last Saturday's game. Wide receiver Ryan Smith, who sat out the last game with a high-ankle sprain, is expected to play at Youngstown.

"I'm hopeful for Marcus but Ryan is more probable than Marcus," Bohl said. "Marcus is a day-to-day thing. We'll find out more during practices this week."

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