FARGO - James Hendricks says the quarterback gloves are always on standby.
The Bison senior free safety officially transitioned from offense to defense in the spring of 2017, but the quarterback position never really left him. Hendricks was the emergency quarterback during the 2017 season after backup Cole Davis got hurt and even was still getting reps at quarterback in practice in 2018.
All the while, Hendricks was becoming an all-conference safety. Hendricks had five interceptions in 2017, and followed that up with four more last season, including one in the national title game. Hendricks was named all-Missouri Valley Football Conference second team.
In a Sports Sunday sitdown interview with Dom Izzo, he tells Izzo about his transition from quarterback to safety and how he may be considered the poster boy of future walk-ons to the program. "Coach (Tim) Polasek put up a photo of Esley Thorton on the wall and said that's Bison Pride. (Thorton came to NDSU as a quarterback and moved to linebacker) If I can even give another player a little bit of hope then I've done my job." Hendricks said.
Hendricks comes from an illustrious football family. His dad, Troy, the football coach at Bemidji High School was an All-American at Minnesota State University Moorhead. His older brother Mitch, was a three year starter at Gustavus in the MIAC. Now James, who's won three national titles at NDSU is adding to the Hendricks family legacy.