The last offseason series for 2019 on the Bison football team focuses on the standout players on the roster in each position group.

James Hendricks arrived in Fargo in 2015 joining a quarterback room that had Carson Wentz, Easton Stick and Cole Davis. Hendricks knew the road to playing under center was going to be a long one. He and then coach Chris Klieman had a conversation in the spring of 2017 about a position change. Hendricks moved to safety that spring and instantly became an impact player.

Hendricks played in all 15 games that year, registering four interceptions in the first five games of the season. His productivity hit a higher ceiling in 2018, as he became the starter at free safety, picking up 49 tackles and adding five more interceptions, including one in the national title game. All the while that Hendricks was becoming an all-conference player at safety, he was still moonlighting at quarterback, including getting backup duty when Davis was injured in 2017.

James Hendricks of North Dakota State intercepts a pass intended for Steve McShane of Western Illinois during their football game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Macomb, Ill. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service
James Hendricks of North Dakota State intercepts a pass intended for Steve McShane of Western Illinois during their football game Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, in Macomb, Ill. Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service

Hendricks is one of the 15 seniors on the Bison roster this year and undoubtedly one of the leaders of the team. It would be surprising if he is not voted one of the team captains this year. His versatility on the field makes him not just a valuable member of the Bison secondary, but one of the most valuable players on the Bison roster period.