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'I've never really played offense'; Brozio makes transition from Bison linebacker to fullback

Hunter Brozio was recruited as a long snapper to NDSU. He's been the starting fullback this entire spring.

Hunter Brozio
North Dakota State redshirt freshman fullback Hunter Brozio was originally recruited as a long snapper. He's started all seven games at fullback this spring for the Bison. (Courtesy Dom Izzo- WDAY)

FARGO - Hunter Brozio's original plans when he arrived in Fargo was to be the next great long snapper, a position that revels in obscurity.

That plan changed during the fall of 2019.

"I was playing scout team and I was always a hard hitter, and I think Coach (Tyler) Roehl seen that in me. I love to hit and I love contact, and he kind of seen a little Garret Malstrom in me I guess." Brozio said.

Offensive coordinator Tyler Roehl told Brozio they were going to move him to fullback. It wasn't just a position change that stunned Brozio.

"I was just kind of shocked. He gave me some signs during the season last year. When I officially moved to the meeting room, it was a lot to learn."

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A lot may be a understatement. Brozio has rarely played on the offensive side of the ball his entire football career.

"I've never really played offense. I was a long snapper and linebacker in high school. I spent all last year in the linebacker room, and basically played defense my whole life, so moving to offense was just a major change and I had to learn a lot of stuff real quick.

Brozio picked things up quickly. He's been the starting fullback for all seven games this spring, hauling in two passes for good measure.

"He came up here as a longsnapper. He starts to develop and re-tool himself and now he's catching passes, he's been a huge asset for us." NDSU head coach Matt Entz said.

"It's a big accomplishment, one of the major goals was to play meaningful snaps in a game this season, that's happening, all the work in the offseason is paying off." Brozio said.

Brozio has shown off his hands with a pair of receptions, but what he's really proud of is his hair flow.

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"The mullet is staying and it's going to be flowing."

NDSU is set to host Eastern Washington tomorrow at 2:30pm at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

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Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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