McFeely: Safety Hendricks taking snaps at QB for Bison, which might not be a good sign

Safety James Hendricks is getting some practice at quarterback for North Dakota State's football team, which might not be a good sign in the battle to be Easton Stick's backup.
James Hendricks of North Dakota State challenges Harrison Dreher of Robert Morris during their football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Safety James Hendricks is getting some practice at quarterback for North Dakota State’s football team, which might not be a good sign in the battle to be Easton Stick’s backup.

One of the burning questions facing NDSU’s top-rated and defending national champions is an odd, but potentially important, one: Who will be the Bison’s backup quarterback?

(Sort of) three-year starter and Football Championship Subdivision title game most valuable player Stick is the No. 1 and a candidate for the Walter Payton Award as the best player in the division.

After that, redshirt freshmen Holden Hotchkiss and Noah Sanders are competing for the backup job in fall camp. True freshman Trey Lance, believed to be the quarterback of the future, was expected to redshirt this year.

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