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NDSU Bison defense is loaded with veteran players for 2022 season

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North Dakota State's Destin Talbert makes an end zone interception against James Madison during their NCAA FCS semifinal football playoff game Friday, Dec. 17, 2021, in Fargo.
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NDSU led the FCS in points allowed per game during their 2021 Championship run. This year, the Bison defense is loaded with veteran players, including fifth-year defensive back Destin Talbert.

The safety put up big numbers in 2021, racking up 31 tackles, five pass break ups and three interceptions, including the game winning pick in the semifinals against James Madison.

Talbert says last year's success gave him confidence and he's looking to pick up right where he left off in 2022.

"It's a matter of confidence, really. Just letting the confidence ooze out of me,” Talbert said. >>>Full story here.

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Talbert's crucial interception to seal the semifinal win over JMU gave him momentum. Now he looks to lead the Bison secondary.

Fargo South football brings young, but veteran-like roster into 2022 season

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Fargo South's Zack Thomasson eyes a ball carrier during Bruins football practice at Fargo South High on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022.
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The Fargo South High School football team hasn’t had a winning season since 2019, but the Bruins are hoping to change that this year with two all-state and three all-Eastern Dakota Conference returners.

The Bruins were 4-6 overall last season but 4-2 in EDC play, earning a second-place conference finish behind Fargo North and a spot in the 11A playoffs before falling in a defensive battle to Dickinson 9-7 in the state quarterfinals.

“That was a game that could’ve gone either way,” said South head coach Tyler Kosel. “We had opportunities and just at the end, (Dickinson) hit a field goal and played well defensively. With a young group, it put a little fire in the belly where they’re a motivated bunch. We’re ready to get started and it’s always been something where our kids want to get better each and every day and they’ve been doing things the right way to get to that point.”

Kosel said that motivation to improve has paid off in practice so far as the team’s first game at Williston approaches on Friday.

“Really well,” said Kosel of how the first couple of weeks of practice have gone. “We had a young group last year, kind of reflective of our record. We got better each and every week and we played good football towards the end of the season. We played a lot of kids that were sophomores that are into their junior year, and that experience is going to be very valuable going into this year. We had a great summer and I’m just excited to actually get going.” >>>Full story here.

On Sunday, that meant scoreless performances from Cody Stashak, who followed Paddack and threw 2⅔ innings, Caleb Thielbar, who struck out all three batters he faced, Joe Smith, Tyler Duffey and Emilio Pagán, who locked down the save after allowing a pair of baserunners in the ninth.

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