MOORHEAD — Casselton's Grady Bresnahan could not have asked for much better of a sophomore season at Minnesota State Moorhead.

The Central Cass alum caught 80 passes, a team high, for 879 yards and four scores.

It earned him a selection to the All-NSIC North second team.

The great part of the season, though, was the ability to show out for his home.

"It's a lot of fun being kind of the hometown guy almost, with 25 minutes away," Bresnahan said. "But I always joke around with the other guys from Chicago and stuff, the North Dakota pride and that stuff."

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The "North Dakota pride" is something that is evident in his game.

"I think that's what you need as the backbone of your program is kinda the heart and soul of the guys that are tough, that are going to play smart and are going to compete and scrap and have a little chip on their shoulder," said head coach Steve Laqua.

The scrap he shows is starting to rub off on his teammates. Earning that respect was not something that happened overnight.

"Nothings been handed to him, he's had to go out there and earn it and he's always had a chip on his shoulder and he's making the most of it," Laqua said.

"It's really nice having everyone look at you knowing they trust you and they expect you to make plays too," Bresnahan said.

That respect and admiration has turned him into a leader for the Dragons, something he takes great joy in.

"When you can naturally show just some confidence and a little leadership, the young guys pick up on that and they start getting a little more confident, so just naturally fits," Bresnahan said.