FARGO - North Dakota State begins a new football season Friday and for the second straight year, questions surround the quarterback position.

After Zeb Noland was benched early against South Dakota State in April, the question surrounding Bison football became: "Who's going to be the NDSU starter in the fall?"

Freshman Cam Miller started the two playoff games for the Bison to mixed results. But with Virginia Tech transfer Quincy Patterson II waiting in the wings, another quarterback battle in fall camp is on tap for head coach Matt Entz and his staff.

WDAY Sports Director Dom Izzo visited with Entz to get his thoughts on fall camp and the upcoming season. Here's a snippet of their question and answer segment.

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Dom: "Were you surprised the guys came back maybe as fresh as they were?"

Entz: "Am I surprised not probably overall. I'm excited that they were excited. That's always a benefit but I think a little bit has to do with just some of the outcomes of the games in the spring too. There's a little bit more motivation, a little bit of refocusing, recalibrating of things moving into the fall."

North Dakota State quarterback Quincy Patterson passes during the first practice of 2021 on Friday, Jan. 22, in the Fargodome.
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North Dakota State quarterback Quincy Patterson passes during the first practice of 2021 on Friday, Jan. 22, in the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Dom: "How unique is this quarterback room that you're going to have for fall camp?"

ENTZ: "It's unique in the sense that you don't have an individual from every class. Cam has a little bit of advantage because of his experience in the spring. Quincy was here, heard everything, heard game plans, experienced road trips, we tried to do everything we could with him to prepare him for the fall and what might be. I think our football team is excited to see who kind of comes out of this and the end of the day and we will probably make a decision like I said before, as we get closer and closer to Albany."

Dom: "There was so much quirkiness about the spring, does it not give the rest of the nation a full representation of what your football program is? Just because the most recent time they saw your football team play, wasn't your full football team."

Entz: "Did we lose a few more games than what Bison nation is used to? Of course we did. We better learn from those losses now and I think we have. We will continue to utilize those as learning pieces as we move forward into the fall."