The next series in the offseason coverage of the North Dakota State football team focuses on five breakthrough players for the 2019 season.

Wide receiver is always a spot that grabs the attention of football fans and even at a school like North Dakota State that runs the ball a majority of the time, the Bison are not immune to that fact.

Phoenix Sproles is just a sophomore but has already been in the spotlight after his freshman year. Sproles was one of a handful of true freshmen that played in all 15 games last season, finishing with five receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown. His receptions went up as the season went along as Easton Stick developed confidence in him, knowing that Sproles was behind seniors Darrius Shepherd and Dallas Freeman.

With those two players gone, the time is now for Sproles. Wide receiver is a major position question for the Bison as the new season nears, outside of Christian Watson, there is no game experienced receivers besides Sproles.

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He came to Fargo as the second commitment for the Class of 2018, behind quarterback Trey Lance, who formed a bond during their senior season of high school that has carried over into college. Those two could be a major offensive combo for this upcoming fall.

Sproles was recruited out of the Twin Cities at Robbinsdale Cooper High School, where he was a tremendous offensive player. His speed is impressive and has good hands. Sproles got plenty of reps during the spring, enough where you have to say he's the number one receiver in that position group.

The opportunity is there for Sproles to be a major breakout performer for North Dakota State this upcoming season.