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Published August 03, 2012, 10:21 PM

Bison set the bar high

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Bison reached the pinnacle of college football last season thanks, largely, to a terrific defense. It allowed just 13 points a game, tops in the country. NDSU knows it'll be hard to improve on that, even with 7 starters returning on D.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Bison reached the pinnacle of college football last season thanks, largely, to a terrific defense. It allowed just 13 points a game, tops in the country. NDSU knows it'll be hard to improve on that, even with 7 starters returning on D.

Bohl: "That's a high bar to set, those guys that are playing now realize the disicipline, this year's defense will have different tinge to it, I'd be disappointed if we're not top defense in our league."

Jirik: "It's hard to duplicate championship season in the first place, but it's a new defense, new style hopefully different things we do, we're a dominant defense again."

NDSU does have some concerns on this side of the ball, specifically

linebacker, losing two starters to graduation, while former South standout Brandon Jemison is still not fully recovered from a 2nd hip surgery.

Jemison: "It's frustrating, especially cause I know what body used to do and what body can do now, it's very difficult."

Opponents found it difficult to throw against NDSU last year thanks to All-American corner Marcus Williams and a deep, experienced secondary.

Dudzik: "We expect to be the best in the nation, not become that, we have to work to that, going to come down to being perfect every day."

Olson: "Last year the strength of the defense was the depth, send the 2nd string they did well, we're not there we can be, lot of talent, more reps improve themselves take some time, we'll be ready to."

A scary thought for Missouri Valley offenses..

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