The next series in the offseason coverage of the North Dakota State football team focuses on several breakthrough players for the 2019 season.
Noah Gindorff arrived on campus in Fargo in the fall of 2017 as one of the more highly touted recruits in the Division 1 era for North Dakota State. Gindorff had offers from several Missouri Valley schools to go on top of offers from Wyoming and a last minute offer from Minnesota.
Gindorff said no to the Gophers and gives the Bison a huge target at the tight end spot. Gindorff is 6'6, 261 pounds and provides the prototypical size for a tight end. Gindorff played in 12 games last season, but he didn't register a reception. He and fellow redshirt freshman Josh Babicz got on the field but with experienced tight ends Nate Jenson, Ben Ellefson and Matt Anderson ahead of them, neither had a catch in 2018.
That figures to change this coming season with Jenson gone and Ellefson getting plenty of defenders trying to stop him. Playing tight end at NDSU means you need to block along with catch, something that Gindorff found out first hand. He has the size and talent though to be a prime candidate to break out in 2019.