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 — If any opponent of the Colorado School of Mines football team wants a preview of the Orediggers’ returning personnel this year, they can probably call North Dakota State. The Bison coaches have been watching hours of Mines tape from the 2014 season.
FARGO — Before heading to the depths of one of the top homefield advantages in Division I FCS football, North Dakota State solidified its depth chart by naming a backup quarterback and officially taking the redshirt off of another true freshman.
FARGO - North Dakota State has added Division FBS power Oregon to its football schedule for 2020. The four-time FCS national champion Bison announced the game on Friday afternoon. Adding...
FARGO — The circle of football life for North Dakota State brothers Erik and Peder Olson started in the 1980s when their father was a graduate assistant with the Bison football program. As Darrell Olson says, that’s when he was hungry, broke and sleep deprived.
FARGO — This much is certain about North Dakota State’s wide receivers: the Bison will start the season with established starters Zach Vraa and R.J. Urzendowski. After that, you’re probably better off wagering a bet in Las Vegas than you are listening to an NDSU coaches meeting.
FARGO — The North Dakota State football roster lists Andrew Bonnet as a tight end/fullback, but that’s more for simplification purposes. The reality is it’s difficult to pinpoint his position.
SHEYENNE RIVER VALLEY — The landmark is the West Prairie Free Lutheran Church on the corner of county Highways 46 and 18. From there, reaching the Plankers homestead is a series of turns where each road is narrower and primitive in construction.
SADDLE BUTTE TOWNSHIP — The greeting party is a chocolate Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Lilly, a friendly dog who wags her tail at any human being who approaches her domain. She chews rocks for fun.
FARGO — North Dakota State has found an offensive lineman recruiting pipeline that hardly anybody bothers to tap into at the NCAA Division I level, and it's not in Texas or Florida. They are little-known farm kids from north-central North Dakota who happen to take the meaning of hard work to a different level.
FARGO — The circus catch Sunday against Toronto was a thing of highlight-reel beauty for Ryan Smith. The 5-foot-7 Saskatchewan wide receiver leaped over a defensive back, caught the ball while virtually horizontal to the turf and held on to the ball despite a hard landing.