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 — 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.
FARGO — Tuesday was March 31, and if Lynn Dorn had her way, any discussion on or before March 30 until the day she was born was off the table...
FARGO — For the first time in four years, North Dakota State opened spring football practice Sunday with question marks on defense — a testament to a long run of talented players that played a lot of games.
FARGO — North Dakota State offensive guard Zack Johnson sat out last season to rehabilitate a surgically repaired knee, the result of an offseason injury. But watching his teammates from the sideline proved to be difficult for other areas of his body.
SEATTLE — Too big. Too experienced. But it wasn’t easy for No. 2 seed Gonzaga against North Dakota State Friday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.