Haeg an important part of the Bison offensive line this upcoming seasonFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When the Bison debut this fall in Ames, Iowa there will be a new man holding down the most important position on the field for the first time in four years, and I'm not talking about quarterback.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - When the Bison debut this fall in Ames, Iowa there will be a new man holding down the most important position on the field for the first time in four years, and I'm not talking about quarterback.
Its left tackle Joe Haeg has gone from walk-on to trying to replace a likely NFL Draft pick in Billy Turner.
Joe Haeg/NDSU Junior Left Tackle: “We always lose great guys, my freshman year Paul Cornick left and he's in the NFL, took it as a challenge just put it upon myself reach his level as best I can.”
Haeg came to Fargo as a walk-on from Brainerd High School at 268 pounds to now a three year starter at nearly 300 and has seen his stock rise playing on the opposite side of the line the last two years at right tackle and is embracing the challenge of switching spots.
Haeg: “Definitely the passing is real different, looking at it getting rid of bad habits, going thru season, which are ok working with Coach Riley.”
Conor Riley/NDSU Offensive Line Coach: “I think the biggest challenges just getting used to the footwork, everything is opposite, mentally he's find just getting feet right.”
Haeg: I'm proud of how I came thru this program something I love to tell people like to talk to fellow walk ons work hard doesn't matter how much money you're getting either a scholarship or walk-on it’s who can do they job the best.”
Haeg has been durable since entering the starting lineup, playing in 29 of 30 games.