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North Dakota native Brent Vigen is the 'Quarterback Whisperer'

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2013 file photo of Brent Vigen. David Samson / The Forum 2 / 2

FARGO - Brent Vigen isn't a man who needs the spotlight. 

He shies away from attention and adulation, it's just not the type of guy he is.

But this week will be hard for the Buxton, N.D., native to avoid the spotlight. In fact, he'll be right in the heart of the national sports discussion. 

That's thanks to the NFL Draft beginning on Thursday, April 26, in Dallas. Vigen's former quarterback at the University of Wyoming, Josh Allen, is the projected number one overall pick to the Cleveland Browns.

Vigen just completed his fourth year with the Cowboys after a historic run at North Dakota State. Vigen played for the Bison and then went on to coach at NDSU. He was the offensive coordinator for the first three title teams (2011-13). 

It was during that time in Fargo that Vigen recruited and worked with another prolific quarterback, Carson Wentz. Vigen was the man that recruited Wentz out of Bismarck Century High School to come to Fargo and coached him for three seasons, the three years that Wentz was the backup quarterback to Brock Jensen.

The comparisons between Wentz and Allen have been rampant. Each are the same size (6'5), and nearly the same weight. Allen actually ran a faster 40 yard dash time than Wentz at the combine.

Vigen says that "each of them have the same gifts. But Carson was put into a situation where he was able to succeed quickly.  Josh likely will not go to a similiar spot, it's always a crapshoot with young quarterbacks."

Vigen says the trick now is to find "the next one." But before that quest begins, Vigen will have a spotlight brighter on him than ever before. He'll be in Dallas Thursday as a guest of Allen's. 

It's time for the kid from Buxton to admit it. He's the Quarterback Whisperer. 

Dom Izzo

Domenic is the Sports Director at WDAY. He comes to Fargo from WNCE-TV in Glens Falls, NY where he launched the sports department at the independent station. Before that, Domenic worked at WSTM, the NBC affiliate in Syracuse, NY as a photographer and live truck operator for over two years. He graduated from Oswego State University in 2002 with a degree in Broadcasting. Domenic hails from the lake effect snow capital of the world, Oswego, NY, he joined the WDAY Sports Department in September 2006.

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