Olson back on the field for Saturday's National Championship GameFrisco, TX (WDAY TV) - As Bison fans continue to roll into Frisco, the team itself is getting locked in for their championship bout with Towson, and that includes captain Grant Olson. Who knows a thing or two about playing through pain.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Frisco, TX (WDAY TV) - As Bison fans continue to roll into Frisco, the team itself is getting locked in for their championship bout with Towson, and that includes captain Grant Olson.
Who knows a thing or two about playing through pain.
Welcome back to Frisco and Toyota Stadium, site of the FCS championship game. For the second year in a row, Bison LB Grant Olson is dealing with some long odds to play in this game. Last year, it was a swollen appendix. This year, he's just 8 weeks removed from a torn ACL.
Grant Olson/Bison Sr. Linebacker: “I'm kind of lucky that we're playing Towson. Their downhill running game matches up with what I can do right now. Getting out in space and doing some of those types of things is hard with a bad knee but I can shuffle, keep my knees bent and play downhill. I can tackle, take on blocks and those types of things. If I'm able to do that, I think I can play well.”
Cole Jirik/Bison Sr. Defensive End: “You can't keep that guy off the field. It takes a lot to keep Grant out. He's done so many things to be able to get back out there this year and I'm happy he's out there with us.”
Marcus Williams/Bison Sr. Cornerback: “It's great having Grant back out there. I remember when he tore his ACL we were all down because of how great of a person and player he is. To have a guy like that down, you just think that it's all over. But if you know Grant, you know nothing's ever over with him because he's gonna fight, work hard, do whatever he can to get out there and now he's gonna try to play in this national championship game. It's great because you came in here with this guy, this leader, and you want him to go out on top.”
“What hurt worse? The appendix or the ACL?”
Olson: “Actually the appendix. The ACL hurt when I tore it but ever since, it's felt pretty good. There's time my knee and leg haven't exactly been 100-percent, but I haven't had any moments of instability so far so I'm excited, looking forward to the chance to get back out there and hopefully play a little bit more.”
Bison head coach Craig Bohl hasn't said how many snaps he sees Olson playing on Saturday.