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Published April 04, 2012, 10:32 PM

Two Bismarck products dueling for Bison backup QB role

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For the first time in five years NDSU does not have any question marks surrounding its starting quarterback, which makes the competition for the backup job all the more interesting.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

For the first time in five years NDSU does not have any question marks surrounding its starting quarterback, which makes the competition for the backup job all the more interesting. It’s between a couple of Bismarck boys - Esley Thorton and Carson Wentz - who say there's no quarterback competition between them.

Carson Wentz – NDSU Redshirt Freshman QB: “It makes a good storyline for everyone, but there really wasn't. I came in here and he helped me out you'd think there be a rivalry but no, there’s been no bitterness between us. It’s been good, it's a good friendship.”

Esley Thorton – NDSU Sophomore QQ: “You expect to bring in a good quarterback each year, that’s kind of the thing. I talked to Carson before he came here throughout the season. I knew schools were looking at him. It wasn’t a big rivalry in high school. I knew he was a good athlete.”

Expectations are sky high for two former North Dakota players of the year. Wentz is the prototypical quarterback, 6'5, 205 pounds who can throw it a mile.

Brent Vigen – NDSU Offensive Coordinator: “Carson has lot of talents. Not only the physical size, but then the raw ability to throw the football too. That certainly puts him ahead of the curve, puts him ahead of maybe some other guy’s pace at this time as freshman. That doesn’t neccesarily put him ahead of the players in front of him.”

Thorton saw action in six games last year, but with starting QB Brock Jensen just junior, rumors began about the former Demon switching to safety.

Esley Thorton: “There's been speculation, obviously. A lot of outside people and I’ve been hearing a lot of things. It's been brought up that it would be a possibility or if need be, but I came here to play quarterback.”

The first real test comes this Saturday in the opening scrimmage for NDSU to see if any changes on the depth chart will happen.

Brent Vigen: “Scrimmage is a situation where they can get out and show their ability to make plays. Ultimately that's what it comes down to. The ability to make plays, advance the offensive position and move the football down the field. I know those next couple of Saturdays will be important in figuring that out.”

The Bison also brought in another highly touted quarterback Derek McGinnis out of Nebraska in the latest recruiting class, scrimmage is slated for Saturday morning.

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