Bison spring football game wraps up spring part of seasonFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Today is like a teaser for college football fans, NDSU, UND, and MSU Moorhead held their spring games today, which gave many reasons to get up early and tailgate.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Today is like a teaser for college football fans, NDSU, UND, and MSU Moorhead held their spring games today, which gave many reasons to get up early and tailgate.
We start with the three time defending national champion Bison.
Before the annual Green and Gold game, members from last year's team on hand to receive their championship rings, including Marcus Williams and new Saskatchewan Roughrider Ryan Smith.
After the fun, new head coach Chris Klieman took the field for the first time, and he had to like what he saw on the ground attack.
Moorhead product Chase Morlock bust off the longest run of the day; the 34 yard gain part of his 54 yards on the ground, Darrius Anderson also chipped in with 94 yards rushing.
The defense was full of some big plays too, Carson Wentz looking for Tyler Wrice, but it sails into the hands of Chris Board.
Only turnover of the game; Board also collected 4 tackles, nice day for the red shirt freshman.
He returns inside the 20, setting up a Melvin DeSouza touchdown.
The game ends on a touchdown, on 4th and 2, Wentz finds Wyndmere-Lidgerwood product Jeff Illies.
And the former Warbird star shows off the 9 man speed; breaking away from the defense for a 59 yard score to help.
The Gold or the offense gets the win 29-22.
This entire month for NDSU has been trying to answer the question of how they're going to replace 24 seniors that led this team to three straight national championships, Chris Klieman got a couple answers to those questions today and both were local products, Moorhead's Chase Morlock and Wyndmere-Lidgerwood's Jeff Illies, each stood out as NDSU wrapped up spring practice for 2014.
Chase Morlock/9 carries, 54 yards: “I think I got a lot of use out of spring camp, pass-pro game was what I was focused on and a lot of reading defense, lot of reps, be huge for next fall.”
Jeff Illies/2 receptions, 71 yards, TD: “Main goal was to get offense done, physical had nothing to do with it, and to be able to do something like that and actually score a touchdown that's awesome.”
Carson Wentz/11-20, 165 yards, TD, INT: “For me personally got a lot of leadership built in this spring for offense come a long ways not a long new things some tweaks, older guys ran great, younger guys too little bit tougher learn new stuff and the tweaks.”
Brian Schaetz/2 tackles, 1 for loss: “They're a little bit raw right now young guys few things we need to work out everything looks promising that's for sure.”
Wentz: “Biggest thing for a lot of these guys to get away get back Monday and start workouts right away and progress through summer.”
Chris Klieman said that backup linebacker Bo Liekhus broke his hand, but should be ready for start of fall camp.