FARGO - A new era of North Dakota State football will begin Wednesday as the Bison open spring ball for 2019. It has been an eventful two plus months for Matt Entz as head coach, from finishing the 2019 recruiting class to heading to Washington, D.C. to be honored by President Trump. Now the real work begins as NDSU has some questions to answer over the next month and fifteen practices.
The biggest question is quarterback. For the first time since 2010 there is a quarterback battle at NDSU. With Easton Stick's graduation, there now is a hole as to who will take over as the Bison signal caller. Every indicator during the fall pointed to freshman phenom Trey Lance being the guy, and that is the odds-on favorite. NDSU did bring in transfer Zeb Noland, who will we see the first time this spring to provide some competition. Holden Hotchkiss and Noah Sanders are still on the roster, but I believe this is a two-horse race at QB.
The Bison running back situation will be interesting to follow this spring. With Bruce Anderson and Lance Dunn moving on, who becomes the "lead back"? Ty Brooks, Adam Cofield, Seth Wilson and Saybein Clark return to that position. I would look for Wilson to become the guy, but watch for Clark too. He got in four games last season and has the frame to be a special player at that spot.
The offensive line graduated the best center in the FCS in Tanner Volson along with three year starter Colin Conner, those are two big holes to replace. Having both tackles back is a nice start with Zack Johnson entering his third year starting along with All-American candidate Dillon Radunz back on the left side. Matt Entz has promised "some interesting combinations" on the O-line, so that's something to watch this month. Cordell Volson, Nash Jensen, Joe Schreiber and Karson Schoening are names that Bison fans should be familiar with, I believe each are going to play and maybe a lot this fall.