Jeff Kolpack, Forum News Service
FARGO — The performance of the North Dakota State offensive line in the season opener at Iowa State got rave reviews. The following week at Weber State? Not so much. The unit returned to form against the University of Montana, a game in which the Bison had the ball for over 39 minutes of a 60-minute game. The following week at Western Illinois?
FARGO — Jordan Aaberg is a fifth-year senior at North Dakota State who at times feels like a veteran NBA player in his 30s. There are days when it takes the body awhile to warm up. “It’s not as easy as opposed to one of our freshmen for Jordan to pop out of bed and play,” said NDSU head coach Saul Phillips. “I don’t think people realize what he goes through just to play basketball.” It was worth it on Thursday when he came off the bench for eight points in the Summit League win against Nebraska-Omaha.
FARGO — If the only goal for North Dakota State defensive end Cole Jirik was to play professional football, he would have had surgery earlier this fall. It would have virtually assured him good health in front of the pro scouts. Instead, gutting it out with his Bison teammates won out. Jirik had surgery on a torn labrum in his right shoulder on Tuesday.
FARGO — As impressive as the conference RPI has been for the Summit League – it’s at an all-time Division I high – the funds being put into a construction boom is even more grandiose. Four schools are spending a combined $244 million on facility upgrades. That includes North Dakota State’s $41 million Scheels Center, which is expected to open in two years.
FARGO — When running back King Frazier decided the University of Nebraska was not for him, all signs pointed him to North Dakota State. So he enrolled this week and will have three years of eligibility. NDSU head coach Chris Klieman recruited Frazier when he was a standout prep player in Lee’s Summit, Mo. When Frazier started looking for another school, his high school coach at Lee’s Summit contacted Klieman. The other school Frazier was looking at, Klieman said, was Southern Illinois.
The North Dakota State football coaches are at the annual American Football Coaches Convention this week. Perhaps there should be a seminar titled: “How to get a verbal commitment, and then sweat it out until signing day.” That’s what the Bison face with perhaps a few of their recruits. Cornerback Ryon’e Winters from Grandview, Mo., gave NDSU a verbal commitment over the weekend, but Winters said Monday he’s still going to take his official visit to the University of Wyoming. “It’s exciting,” Winters said, “just to know all these schools want you to play for them.