Eagles release interview on Twitter with former Bison quarterback Stick

Former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick played in the East-West Shrine football game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., in January. Douglas DeFelice / USA TODAY
Former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick played in the East-West Shrine football game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., in January. Douglas DeFelice / USA TODAY Douglas DeFelice / USA TODAY

FARGO — Former North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick is preparing for the NFL Scouting Combine, which starts Feb. 26 in Indianapolis.

Monday, the Philadelphia Eagles released an interview with Stick, via their official Twitter account, from the East-West Shrine Game week. That college all-star game was played on Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Fran Duffy asked Stick about a variety of subjects, including his relationship with former Bison teammate Carson Wentz, who is the starting quarterback for the Eagles.

"He's a really good friend of mine," Stick said. "I was fortunate to play with him in Fargo for two years. I learned a lot from him. He's been a really good friend to me. ... We're pretty close and stay in close contact."

The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Stick had 49-3 record as a start for the Bison. He helped lead NDSU to NCAA FCS Division I championships in his final two seasons.

"I'm fortunate, we played under center at North Dakota State and had a lot of control of the run game," Stick said. "It was pretty complex for the college level and obviously moving forward it will be much more complex and there's more to learn."

Duffy asked Stick what he thought his strength's were as a quarterback prospect.

"I feel like I'm prepared in that aspect, the preparation, the Monday through Friday, Saturday, that preparation is really important to me," Stick said. "I feel like I'm an intuitive player and have the ability to make the first guy miss, extend plays, whether it's extending it in the pocket or out of the pocket, the ability to throw from different platforms."

Stick also added his 52 starts in college are a positive.

"I've played a lot of football and been around a lot of good teams and I think that's something, you know being a winner, that's something that carries over," Stick said.

Stick said he is confident he can make the jump from the FCS to the NFL, citing multiple examples. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Harvard), Joe Flacco (Delaware), Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) and Wentz are examples of former FCS quarterbacks who have been successful in the NFL.

"I really believe football is football, there's some really good examples, especially at my position," Stick said. "There's precedent for it and I believe I can fit in that group."

Stick played in 15 playoff games during his Bison career. In those games, he completed 165 of 267 passes for 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 723 yards and 12 touchdowns on 127 attempts.