UPDATED: Bison coach Entz says he hasn't decided on starting QB for Indiana State game
North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller came off the bench to lead the Bison to a victory against Missouri State.
FARGO —North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz on Monday said he had not named a starting quarterback for Saturday's game against Indiana State at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
Quincy Patterson remained atop the team's depth chart, but didn't finish Saturday's 27-20 victory against Missouri State at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
"At this time, we haven't made the decision," Entz said. "I think we have Quincy on the two-deep."
Patterson started the first seven games in a job he won over Cam Miller in fall camp. But Miller came off the bench to complete 7 of 9 passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns against the Bears. Those two scores rallied the Bison from a 20-13 fourth-quarter deficit to remain unbeaten at 7-0 overall and 4-0 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
But it appeared Patterson hurt his shoulder after scrambling for a first down in the second quarter. He was slow to get up in the wake of being tackled by two Bear defenders.
"We need to make sure that everyone is healthy first, too, that's a full Monday's process right now," Entz said. "Quincy took a big shot. ... It was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit so I think we're just wanting to make sure that he's doing OK there with that injury first. Once we find out the details from our medical staff, we'll move forward."
Patterson struggled against the Bears going 5 of 16 passing for 77 yards and an interception. For the season he's 55 of 101 (55%) with six touchdown passes and four interceptions. He was often high with his missed throws against Missouri State.
"Potentially the shoulder might have affected his performance," Entz said. "I know during halftime he got kind of stiff. Later in the game he was getting stiff, kept trying to keep his arm warm. We'll go day by day and see how he's doing. I know after the game he was in great spirits and I anticipate he'll be in good spirits today at practice."
Miller took over for Zeb Noland late last season and began this year as the top backup behind Patterson. He's 11 of 15 passing this season for 157 yards.
"We're going to make this decision based on who is going to help us win this football game," Entz said. "Health is always a critical piece to that but Cam did an outstanding job. There is not a person on this team who doesn't anticipate he can't help us win games. I said that all the way back in August, that any three of our quarterbacks can help us win a football game. Cam does a great job of preparing, he does a great job in assisting the other quarterbacks and I think we're extremely fortunate to have him as a Bison."
Quarterback wasn't the only position of question. Entz on Monday said the tailback running game needs to be better, the defense needs to practice better during the week and some of the penalties against Missouri State were "inexcusable." He said the tight ends and fullbacks didn't "play their best football" against the Bears and the offensive line needs better consistency.
Entz said backup linebacker Luke Weerts will miss the rest of the year with an unspecified injury. Starting linebacker James Kaczor, who has missed most of this season, remains day-to-day in returning to the field.
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