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Two incoming Bison football players to make transition from 9-man football to Division 1 this fall

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The transition from high school to college football player is a steep one, filled with nervousness, now times that by about 50 and you have the adjustment that Luke Bacon and Tanner Volson are about to go through.

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Each are incoming freshman for the Bison football team that are from towns that have less than 600 people.

Luke Bacon/Towner-Granville-Upham O-Lineman: “It's really fun, lot of people come up to me and I don't even know, know my name, hey congrats on going to NDSU, thanks, I don't even know who you are, it's been unreal all the support.

Tanner Volson/Drake-Anamoose O-Lineman: “More people talk to me never known before say congrats and stuff.”

You'll forgive Bacon and Volson for taking some time adjusting to their new celeb status, each committed to NDSU over a year ago, but are making one of the toughest jumps there is, transitioning from 9-man football to Division 1.

Volson: “Build my game up more go from a high school player up especially coming from 9-man, big change for me, be a lot of fun. It's something every North Dakota kid looks up to playing this is highest level to get to, it's a huge honor, just to be in the dome.”

Each likely will redshirt when fall camp begins in a couple weeks but understand and accept the pressure that's going to be on them.

Bacon: “I just work hard whether it's weight room, translates to field, lot of hard work off field, never give up on field, work hard, do something wrong go back to your technique and you'll be alright.”

Volson: “I've been beat before ability to keep going, I've been told many times you won't be able to play this level of football, and it just keeps the drive to keep going you get knocked down you get back up and hit the guy harder.”

Hitting that next guy harder is going to hurt; look at the tale of the tape, Bacon is 6'5, 281 pounds, while Volson is 6'4, 268, possibly join a long list of home grown O-line talent.

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Dom Izzo
Domenic is the Sports Director at WDAY. He comes to Fargo from WNCE-TV in Glens Falls, NY where he launched the sports department at the independent station. Before that, Domenic worked at WSTM, the NBC affiliate in Syracuse, NY as a photographer and live truck operator for over two years. He graduated from Oswego State University in 2002 with a degree in Broadcasting. Domenic hails from the lake effect snow capital of the world, Oswego, NY, he joined the WDAY Sports Department in September 2006.
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