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Published March 29, 2011, 11:29 AM

Familiar face to be roaming the Bison sideline

Fargo, ND (WDAY Sports) - When NDSU begins spring football Monday, there will be a familiar face roaming the sidelines. It is a face that was wearing the green and yellow just three years ago. West Fargo's Tyler Roehl says this is the next chapter of his life.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Tyler Roehl: “I wanted to pursue grad school and kind of progress my coaching career after Concordia, North Dakota State was at the top of my list and I obviously wanted to come back.”

How do you feel you relate to the players? You just stopped playing; do you feel that helps you?

Tyler Roehl: “Knowing the players, playing with DJ and getting to know Sam and Derek Lane and Mike Siegers a little bit, I know where they are coming from, what they go through everyday with academic meetings and lifting. I’ve been in their shoes, so for me to be able to relate to not only Mike, but for all of the players. It is easy for me to relate and know what they are going through to help them on the field as well.”

Was this something that you had though about coaching after playing was done?

“I wasn’t sure what I was going to do. I wanted to play as long as I could, but if you can’t be a great player, be a great coach, and be around the game. This isn’t work. You come to football each day. Obviously there is going to be times when you will be here awhile, but it’s not work. You want to be here.”

I see you on the sidelines during practice and games, but tell everyone out there what are your exact duties? What are you going to be doing everyday?

“Day to day, a lot of film breaking down and helping out the offensive staff with whatever they need. Just kind of sitting back and really be a sponge and absorb as much knowledge as I can and really move forward my thinking as a coach.”

Roehl's official title is Assistant Running Backs Coach. It is a perfect title because Roehl finished 8th on NDSU's all time rushing list.