FARGO-True freshman wide receiver Phoenix Sproles will play for the North Dakota State University football team today in its season opener against Cal Poly at the Fargodome, according to a tweet by WDAY-TV sports director Dom Izzo.
Izzo also reported that sophomore running back Seth Wilson will not play. Redshirt wide receiver Christian Watson is dressed for the game. Watson has been hurt most of fall camp.
Sproles is a 5-foot-11, 183-pound receiver from Robbinsdale Cooper High School in the suburban Twin Cities.
Sproles was a two-time all-conference player in high school. He totaled more than 50 catches for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns in high school. Sproles set school records for punt return yards in a season and career.
Bison coach Chris Klieman said prior to the season he was confident in his top three receivers-senior Darrius Shepherd, senior Dallas Freeman and senior Desmond Cain-but believed the Bison lacked depth after that. Redshirt freshman Andy Voyen was listed as a backup on the team's two-deep depth chart. Sproles was not listed on the two-deep released at the beginning of the week.
The Bison are searching to add depth to a receiving corps that lost RJ Urzendowski.