Bison and coach Bohl ready to take practice field for spring ballFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It will become the catch-phrase for Bison football fans for the upcoming season: Three-peat. Five teams in FCS history have had a chance; only one has done it and Craig Bohl knows that task is as tall as it gets.
By: Dom Izzo,
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It will become the catch-phrase for Bison football fans for the upcoming season: Three-peat. Five teams in FCS history have had a chance; only one has done it and Craig Bohl knows that task is as tall as it gets.
Craig Bohl, 89-32 Record at NDSU: “To repeat is something that you were concerned about. Our guys recognize the challenge of the Valley. We got to handle the Valley and go from there, but without question when you see the past performances of certain programs and say our program accomplished something that put us in a different stage; can we reach higher levels? Our guys in the back of their minds want that and our mature enough and we as coaches are mature if we don’t take care of business in the Valley all that's for naught.”
This spring football kicks off the Bison unlike any in recent memory. NDSU returns 19 starters from last year's championship team, but eight of them will sit out the next month with various injuries. But despite those losses there are few question marks for Bohl.
Bohl: “In the past we're looking for starters to define themselves. I think our starters need to show a competency level to improve but we're not looking for our starting left guard. We know those things.”
Another certainty is quarterback Brock Jensen, who will be entering his 4th year as a starting quarterback. But the head coach says he doesn’t want Jensen getting too comfortable.
Bohl: “There are certainly things Brock did last year that were great; things, though, he can improve. I think competition at all our positions is important. It's important to bring up a backup player like Carson Wentz and we'll see how he does this spring. We tried to find some places for him last year we had two quarterbacks on the field at the same time. We dabbled with it. Carson is a very capable player and coming back for another year is certainly going to be helpful.”
Bohl says Dacotah field is cleared off and ready for the first practice on Monday.