FARGO - It may not have been exactly the way Jimmy Kepouros had planned out his college career, but things are now starting to work out.
The North Dakota State senior wide receiver has emerged over the last two games to become of Trey Lance's go-to-guys in the passing game. His emergence came after two years of waiting on the Bison sidelines.
"I knew I had to step up this year, I knew that with Darrius Shepherd leaving, there was a big hole in our offense. I just thought that I needed to take advantage because there was no better time than now and I thought I was experienced enough. I didn't have a lot of game reps, but mentality I was pretty experienced with the speed of college football." Kepouros said.
Kepouros's college career began at Western Michigan under now Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck. Kepouros redshirted that season and decided to move on from. He was at the College of DuPage in 2016, before taking a visit to Fargo late that season. He instantly decided that NDSU was going to be his next home. Former secondary coach Joe Klanderman was recruiting Kepouros and offered him the opportunity to transfer.
Kepouros arrived in Fargo in the summer of 2017 but his Bison career was halted with a torn ACL in summer workouts. He sat out the season and rehabbed to return to the field last season. He played in four games, but did not have a reception.
With the graduation losses of Sheperd and Dallas Freeman, reps were open for the taking. Kepouros has grabbed them. "I thought it was a pretty easy adjustment when I came over so. I think it makes it easier for being my size, I can weasel my way through but, just finding the zone, finding the soft spots, something as a slot that you have to do." Kepouros said.
Kepouros has eight receptions for 106 yards in the first five games of 2019, including a career high four last weekend against Illinois State.
The Bison host Northern Iowa Saturday at 1:00 at the Fargodome.