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Published August 13, 2012, 10:33 PM

NDSU to feature Mr. Metal at wide receiver

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Zach Vraa came to NDSU as one of the most highly touted recruits out of Minnesota in the last decade. Vraa won Mr. Football in 2009, going to the player of the year.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Zach Vraa came to NDSU as one of the most highly touted recruits out of Minnesota in the last decade. Vraa won Mr. Football in 2009, going to the player of the year.

The Rosemount native chose to come to Fargo but since his arrival, he's seen more time in the doctor's office than in the huddle after suffering a broken collarbone three separate times.

Zach Vraa, NDSU Sophomore Wide Receiver: “When I first broke my collarbone I thought I was unlucky, college football. Second time it happened, really unlucky and then the third time it happened because it hadn't fully healed. I thought ok something's up here, something's wrong with me, but I had a good spring and healthy from here on out and have a good year.”

Vraa has had two metal plates inserted into each collarbone now to prevent further injury but it doesn't come with some adjustment.

Vraa: “I don't have any pain when I move around, really slight movement. When I'm doing shrugs in the weight room, one shoulder is higher than the other or if I rotate my body one arm goes further than the other, some little tiny movements I can feel.”

The Bison are hoping for some big movements out of Vraa, who now as a redshirt sophomore is one of the few experienced wide receivers NDSU has and will be counted on.

Craig Bohl, NDSU Head Coach: “Good ability, just unproven. Have they really done it a lot? Zach Vraa has done it a little in the game but not very many.”

Vraa: “I'm definetly anxious to go out, been waiting.”

Vraa tells me he's thought about applying for a medical hardship to get last season's eligibility back. He doesn't need to make a decision on that until his senior season is over. Bohl also told me he hopes to have a decision on backup quarterback soon, possibly tomorrow.

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