Freshman Johnson shining in NDSU running back group

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Five North Dakota State running backs have had carries this year.
The leading rusher among the group is freshman Kobe Johnson. Johnson rushed for over 100 yards in the win at Delaware and scored his first career touchdown.

According to his head coach, seeing anyone from the running back group get in the end zone excites the older guys.

"Ty Brooks is as excited as anyone when Kobe has big plays or when Saybein Clark has a touchdown,” Matt Entz said. “That is huge for Ty Brooks and Ty is going to make sure everyone hears about it. That's just the type of leader Ty is."

It might be a good thing Brooks is so vocal when supporting his younger teammates, because they might be vocal themselves.

"We're always excited for each other and especially Kobe,” Brooks said. “He doesn't say much so it's always nice for a quiet guy to get in and finally score."

While Johnson may not be as vocal as Brooks right now he is doing what all good, young football players do – listening to his coaches and teammates.

"I can learn a lot from them. They all have something to give,” Johnson said. “Whether it’s football-wise, or just life-wise and that's what I love about the running back room."

With 101 yards against Delaware Johnson became just the seventh true freshman in NDSU history to record a 100-yard game.

"To see these young kids buying in and starting to believe I think that our best football is still ahead of us," Entz said.

No. 1 North Dakota State (3-0) hosts No. 4 UC Davis (2-1) Saturday at the Fargodome.
Coverage begins at 1:30 p.m. with the Farmers Union Insurance Bison Football Pregame show.
Kick-off between the Bison and the Aggies will follow at 2:30 p.m. on the KVLY KFYR Bison Football Network.