NDSU's Wilson said there was no hesitation to remove redshirt
FARGO—When Seth Wilson traveled to Fargo from his hometown of Holmen, Wis., to watch North Dakota State spring football, he did more than just sit there and observe. He brought a notebook and took notes.
Last week, the freshman running back brought it out as a source of review after the Bison removed his redshirt and put him in the rotation for the Northern Iowa game. Getting ready for a Missouri Valley Football Conference game is like cramming for a midterm test: a lot of options to go over in so little time.
"Mentally I was ready and gearing to play if I had to," Wilson said.
The gear is expected to increase in RPMs on Saturday, Nov. 4, when the Bison play at South Dakota State in the Dakota Marker game. Wilson was in for just one play against the Panthers and his assignment called for a block.
He's expected to get the ball against the Jackrabbits.
"I'm excited, I haven't missed a year of football since I was in kindergarten playing flag football," Wilson said. "Being on the sidelines or sitting in the stands watching them out there, I've been itching to get on the field anyways. When they told me that my number was called, I was more than ready and willing to step up."
Wilson, the son of former NFL running back Stanley Wilson, ran for 3,302 yards and 45 touchdowns in his high school career. He set a single-season school record with 2,207 yards his senior year in a season where he also returned three kickoffs for touchdowns.
Wilson said there was no hesitation when he was asked to remove his redshirt eight games into the season.
"An extra year definitely would have been nice, but it's the team before me and I learned that very early here," he said. "I was tingling in my feet wanting to get that football in my hands again. It's been so long."
Wilson's services were needed with starter Lance Dunn going down with a hip injury that will most likely be a season-ender. It left junior Bruce Anderson as the go-to back, with Ty Brooks potentially getting more carries against SDSU than he did against UNI.
Head coach Chris Klieman said on Monday the coaching staff will learn more this week about how much of the playbook Wilson can handle.
"It's not just running the ball, it's other things," Klieman said. "It's understanding protections. He has good talent and good ability, but can he do it when the lights are on? He's not afraid to go inside, but he's electric on the edge. He's a good pass receiver and tough kid. That said, we'll learn more about him this week."
Wilson was part of a Wisconsin 400-meter state title relay team at Holmen. He said he also has some "shiftiness" to his game.
"I kind of got that from my father, so we'll see," he said.
What: North Dakota State at South Dakota State
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, Brookings, S.D.
Radio: 107.9-FM, 92.7-FM, 1660-AM. TV: KVLY, Midco