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Published April 23, 2014, 10:31 PM

Beyond The Game: Aaron Bohl

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's been 4 and a half months since Craig Bohl announced he was leaving NDSU to take the job as Wyoming football coach.

By: Jody Norstedt, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - It's been 4 and a half months since Craig Bohl announced he was leaving NDSU to take the job as Wyoming football coach.

It ended a run of one of the most popular sports names to ever come through Fargo.

But, that name is still here, now playing football on the other side of the river. Dragon’s linebacker Aaron Bohl is this week's focus on Beyond the Game

When you grow up with a dad that's coaching football, the love for the game just rubs off on you

and so do the X's and O's.

Aaron Bohl/MSUM Sophomore LB (Craig Bohl’s Son): You know, each person has their strength and that's something that I try to focus on, making sure I know the playbook, making sure I've watched enough film to know, so I have that ability to know where I need to be on the field.”

Steve Laqua/MSUM Head Coach: “He not only knows his own position and the rest of the linebackers next to him, but really knows everybody's spot.”

But, Aaron no longer has the luxury of his dad coaching across the river.

In December, Craig Bohl was hired as the new head coach at Wyoming, a moment Aaron will always remember.

Bohl: “The news broke while we were at dinner and I shut off my phone at dinner. Then I turned it back on after an hour and I had fifty text messages from people, but news got around fast. It kind of caught fire once people heard about it.”

Immediately after his Dad took the job, speculation began on Aaron's future with the Dragons.

Laqua: “Aaron came in the next day and said people are asking me if I'm going to Wyoming. Don't they know that I'm not fast enough to play there. Aaron understands that he has a great future here. He loves being part of the program and he's really setting himself up to have a great career in coaching.”

Bohl: “I told everyone that this is my team up here and this is where I want to be because I've been around these guys for two years now.”

With his dad now coaching 800 miles away, Aaron has a chance to leave his own legacy here in the FM area. But, he hopes it ends up just like his dad's. Craig took over the Bison after a 2-win season and turned them into an FCS power. Meanwhile, Aaron signed with the Dragons after a 2-win season of their own. And in his first year starting he led them to four wins and now he has 3 years left to write the rest of the story.

Bohl: “The class that I came in with was Coach Laqua's first recruiting class. We made it as a point in our first team meeting that we want to change this program and make it into a playoff team, which is definitely are mindset for the next three years.”

A son, just trying to follow in his Father's footsteps.

Aaron says Craig is expecting to make it to 2 or 3 of the Dragons games this season.