Many people around the Valley are coming down with 'Bison Fever' as the two time defending National Champs are getting ready for the 2013 Season.
FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota State football team concluded its second full week of fall camp testing its depth during a 56-play scrimmage at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome on Saturday, Aug. 17.
Neither the first team offense or defense played. Freshman running back Chase Morlock scored on runs of 48 yards and 4 yards, and freshman cornerback Tre Dempsey returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown to highlight the scoring.
"He showed some good signs today," Head Coach Craig Bohl says about Chase, "He broke a long run and ran away from some people, and that was a question to say ok how's his play making ability from being a Moorhead spud going to transition into big time football, and he showed some good things today."
"You know I've always been a big dreamer, and I came in ready to play, and ultimately that's up to coach but if anything I can come in and contribute I'll be ready to do that." Chase Morlock says. "You know this is a great team here, they've helped coach me up, coach all the freshman up, and we're getting it down. And I just wanted to come here, run hard, and see what I could do."
Junior Adam Keller booted a 41-yard field goal, sophomore running back Darius Anderson had an 11-yard rushing first down to set up his 1-yard TD run, and freshman quarterback Cole Davis connected with red shirt freshman tight end Justin Arp for a 15-yard touchdown pass.
Dempsey led the defensive effort with the interception, a tackle for loss and a pass break-up. He also had a special teams tackle for zero yards on a 52-yard kickoff. Joe Haeg, Alex Fontaine and Chris Board each recorded sacks. Jordan Champion had a pass breakup and a big third-down stop out of the secondary two yards shy of the marker to force a punt.
Ben LeCompte had punts of 56 and 59 yards with the latter taking a favorable bounce out-of-bounds at the 16-yard line. Eric Perkins had a 55-yard punt return and Demitrius Gray returned a kickoff for 50 yards.
The scrimmage was officiated by seven-man Big Ten crew that was on hand for a rules seminar prior to the scrimmage. The offense was whistled for three false starts and one delay of game. The defense was flagged for one 15-yard facemask penalty that nullified a sack and was followed by a 23-yard pass completion from Derek McGinnis to Carey Woods.
"There's some guys we'll make a decision right now, there's probably a couple guys that will probably dress for some games and then we'll make a determination, as the season goes along, that will be dictated by injuries of some of our upper units. But we're getting very close and I think today's scrimmage really kind of put a cap on it." Bohl says.
North Dakota State wraps up fall camp with four practices next week.
The team will be on hand for Bison Fan Day starting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.