Blue Hawks wide receivers look to be strength of team

Jaret Lee following a reception during spring training. (File Image / The Dickinson Press)

The Dickinson State Blue Hawks receiving core may be the deepest position group on the team this season.

Back are playmakers in Tyger Frye, Jaret Lee, Conor McCarvel, Aric Knopik, Noah Sickler, Tyler Burk and Isaiah Kludt, and they are all looking to make their mark against opposing defenses in 2020.

Frye was a first-team North Star Athletic Association all-conference selection in 2019, while Lee was a second-team all-conference selection last fall despite having his season cut short due to a broken collarbone.

The top four receivers in yards from last season all return in Frye, Lee, Sicker and McCarvel as they totaled over 2,100 yards a year ago.

All four had catches of at least 49 yards last season, and Frye led the team with 845 receiving yards.


“It is a big thing having all those playmakers back. It starts with Tyger being a first-team all-conference guy,” Dickinson State head football coach Pete Stanton said. “Jaret had a great year for us last year, and we think he is a guy that doesn’t take a back seat to anyone in our conference.”

Senior Jaret Lee makes a one handed grab during a Dickinson State football practice earlier this fall. (Jake Wright / The Dickinson Press)

Breaking in a new quarterback in redshirt junior Drew Boedecker, his best friends all season will be the talent, experience and depth available at wide receiver.

“They are able to bring a comfort level to the quarterback knowing that we have a lot of guys who have played a lot,” said Stanton.

Lee believes that the Blue Hawk wide outs have the knowledge of the playbook, athleticism and ability to put pressure on opposing defenses, and that was exactly the case last fall in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics playoffs.

The Blue Hawks threw for over 300 yards, and Frye and Sickler both had over 100 yards receiving against Morningside, the eventual NAIA national champions.

“I am always trying to work on all aspects of my game and I think being a senior I am trying to work on my leadership to not only do what I can do on the field,” Frye said. “I want to teach all my other teammates what I know to help them get better.”


As for Lee, he is the Blue Hawks long snapper as well, but he would have been good to go for spring had there been practice after the collarbone injury last fall.

He said he is 100% and excited about getting back out on the field this fall.

“You can’t (simulate) getting hit except for in scrimmages, but I haven’t had to take too many hits (yet),” he said.

Frye believes that losing school recorder holder passer, Hayden Gibson, will obviously hurt, but he thinks and hopes that the offense will click once again with Boedecker just like it has in the past.

“It is interesting when you have a new quarterback, but Drew has been here and it is his fourth year in the offense,” Frye said. “Reps and timing are what we need to work on, and we did a lot of that this summer. I think we have picked up right where we left off last year.”

Lee and Frye led the Blue Hawks with eight and seven touchdown catches last year respectively, but they are not complacent entering their senior seasons.

They aspire to go out with a bang and hopefully lead Dickinson State deep into the playoffs.

“I think as receivers our goal is to always be the best group on the field,” Frye said. “We have the talent to do that. As a team, my goals have always stayed the same and in my last five years here, I want to get to the playoffs, hopefully win a few playoff games and win a national championship.”


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