Our offseason video series continues with a look at the top players North Dakota State will match up against in the 2019 season.
UC Davis quarterback Jake Maier has transformed the Aggies team in two short years and taken Davis to a place where they have never been; the FCS Playoffs. Davis earned a first round bye and a home game last year, beating Northern Iowa in the second round before falling to Eastern Washington in the quarterfinals.
Maier returns for his senior year as perhaps the most highly touted quarterback in the division. With the graduation of several standouts ranging from Easton Stick to Taryn Christion, Maier and Eric Barriere lead that position group. Maier is a JUCO transfer for the Aggies, who's gone out and thrown 60 touchdown passes in the last two seasons for Dan Hawkins' team.
Maier is just 6'0 tall, but has great agility to get out of the pocket, his scrambling ability makes him even more dangerous. He was named the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year in 2018, he had eight games where he threw three touchdowns or more. Maier will be without All-American wide receiver Keelan Doss, who has graduated, but Jared Harrel is back who hauled in nearly 900 yards thru the air last season.
He will be tested in the non-conference part of the schedule, most notably September 21st when the Aggies come to Fargo to play the Bison. Davis quarterbacks have an interesting history in Fargo, going back to the Division 2 days, when Ken O'Brien lead the Aggies here in the early '80's.