Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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FARGO — As a college student who played football at North Dakota State, the days were busy for Kyle Emanuel, whether it was something academically that got him inducted into Blue Key Honor Society or a move athletically that got him on ESPN. His Bison career ended in January in Frisco, Texas, but the busyness has not.
FARGO — North Dakota State built the top defense in NCAA Division I FCS football over the past four years, and there appears to be some work ahead for the Bison to maintain that status. The offense, after all, had its way Saturday in the annual Green & Gold Spring Game at the Fargodome.
FARGO — The Saturday itinerary for North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman is packed with radio interviews, an appearance on statewide television, a ring ceremony and meeting recruits, parents of recruits, boosters and fans. Oh, and he still has to pay attention to what he actually does: Coach his team in the annual Green & Gold Spring Game.
The annual North Dakota State Green vs. Gold spring game will be held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The Bison return 12 starters from last year’s fourth straight FCS title team, but not all of those will play because of injury. Some notable players most likely being held out will be cornerback C.J. Smith, offensive guard Jeremy Kelly, offensive tackles Landon Lechler and Jack Plankers, defensive tackle Brian Schaetz and nose guard Nate Tanguay.
FARGO — The first year as a starting quarterback at North Dakota State couldn’t have gone any better for Carson Wentz, who shook off a sluggish first couple of games and asserted himself as one of the top at his position in NCAA Division I FCS. By the time the playoffs rolled around, there were not many better.
FARGO — The biggest, fastest and strongest kid on the field for little Warner High School was Jarrod Tuszka, who in 9-man football in South Dakota was a man amongst boys. North Dakota State saw lot of potential in the kid and signed him with the following theory: It could take some time for him to adapt to the 11-man NCAA Division I FCS college game.
FARGO — The last time North Dakota State fans saw John Crockett, he was either doing his high-stepping warmup dance in the end zone before a second-half kickoff, or showing his constant smile to some follower or camera. There was no shortage of yards or personality with the running back.
FARGO — Gus Bradley walked into the North Dakota State football team room on Thursday afternoon, looked around and gave a facial expression as to say he was impressed. A lot has changed since he left NDSU for the NFL after the 2005 season, but one thing that hasn’t changed is Bradley himself.
FARGO — Every year in the North Dakota State Division I era, as sure as the snow falls in the winter and melts in the spring, a coach in the Bison football program would clean out his office and head somewhere else. It’s just part of the deal at an FCS school.
FARGO — Khayvon Hawkins and Darrius Shepherd have yet to catch a pass or play a down for North Dakota State, but they’re already on the two-deep depth chart. That’s called immediate expectations.