FARGO -- Seth Wilson became a household name as a true freshman for North Dakota State football fans last December, when he caught two touchdowns in the playoff run as the Bison claimed a sixth national title.
Expectations were high for Wilson to be a impact player out of the Bison backfield this year. But his year hit a road block before it even started.
"It was during the second week of fall camp, I felt fine, I was running and could tell my hamstring was a little tight, so I was running a route, and felt it pop." Wilson said. Wilson had strained his hamstring, which shelved him for the remainder of fall camp and the first three games of the season.
He had worked his way back and was hopeful to play when he pulled the same hamstring again. In past years, this would have been a lost season for the sophomore. But thanks to the NCAA's new redshirt rule, Wilson could save his season and keep another year of eligibility. He could still play in four games and not lose a season because of the hamstring injury.
"It's crazy how things worked out, this rule just got into effect this year, and all of sudden it helps out someone who's not a freshman, most people think it's for freshmen, but in my case I'm a sophomore and it really really helps." Wilson said.
Wilson rehabbed his hamstring and by November was good enough to return to the field. He made his 2018 debut at Missouri State and it looked the Holmen, Wisconsin native hadn't missed a beat. He carried the ball eight times for 95 yards, averaging nearly 11 yards a run. He was back.
"He knows his body well, everyone saw the element he brings to our team, we all know we're going to need him into the playoffs." head coach Chris Klieman said.
Wilson sat out the next two games against Southern Illinois and Montana State and with a maximum of three games remaining, Wilson is available to play if NDSU chooses to use him. Wilson said, "God works in mysterious ways, I'm blessed for that rule to be put out, I'm not blessed for the injury, but it worked out."
NDSU hosts Colgate in the FCS quartefinals Saturday at 11 am at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.