The next series in the offseason coverage of the North Dakota State football team focuses on several breakthrough players for the 2019 season.
North Dakota State has had some young players burst thru to play on the offensive line over the last decade from Billy Turner, Joe Haeg, the Zack Johnsons and most recently, Dillon Radunz. There's another that could join that list in 2019.
Jalen Sundell enters the new season as a redshirt freshman and backup at right tackle. At one point during spring football Sundell was earning reps with the first team. Sundell is a huge man at 6'5, 287 pounds and from what coaches say his potential "is a very high ceiling."
Sundell comes from an athletic family, his dad Robert was just inducted into the Northwest Missouri State athletic Hall of Fame. His dad still holds the outdoor high-jump record clearing 7 feet, 5.25 inches. Sundell's sister, Serena is a standout basketball player in Maryville, Missouri, who already holds an offer from Jory Collins and the Bison women. Sundell is going to be a junior this year.
Jalen was a decorated high school player for the Spoofhounds, being named the 2017 Offensive Player of the Year, which tells you how impressive a player he is to win that award as a lineman.
Fall camp will be interesting to see how things shake out on the offensive line, but it bears watching that Sundell will be on the field sometime during the 2019 season.