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Published March 22, 2012, 10:23 PM

Dom Izzo sits down with Craig Bohl to talk spring football preparation

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Football starts Saturday when NDSU will take the field for the first time since winning the national championship in Frisco back in January. The Bison bring back a majority of their starters from the title team, and know there is only one expectation for this year: repeat.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Football starts Saturday when NDSU will take the field for the first time since winning the national championship in Frisco back in January. The Bison bring back a majority of their starters from the title team, and know there is only one expectation for this year: repeat. I asked Craig Bohl about that as spring ball gets underway.

Craig Bohl - NDSU Head Football Coach: "I know it's a new year, and I certainly recognize there's a great deal of interest. We've got a new team, we've got an exciting team, but there are a lot of questions we have to answer. People say, 'You know what, the cupboard is all full.' As a football coach you're looking at all these questions that are out there. What new guys are going to step into some new roles?"

Dom: "You mentioned how hungry the guys were starting spring football after how the season ended at Eastern Washington. Do you think you can get that same kind of hunger after what you just experienced in January?"

Craig Bohl: "It's difficult to replicate. We have a different composition of our football team this year. Certainly there are guys who are hungry and they want to win it all. Wanting to win it all and doing it are two different things. I think we're going to find out as we get into the thirteenth, fourteenth practice what guys are still going out there and getting after it and what guys are saying, 'Let's just punch the clock.'

I think we have enough talent again to be a potential playoff team. So much of that is going to come into play with injuries and balancing right. But the makings are there to be a really solid football team. I'm not going to downplay the ability level we have. We've got good players. Do we have enough good players to make the run that we had last year? I think we've got the potential, we just have to produce."

Bohl told me that Brock Jensen is still troubled by turf toe. The entire interview will be available tomorrow on WDAY.com. The first practice is slated for Saturday morning.

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