The plan was to get the Father of Football to write an essay on how best to defend the triple option “Wingbone” attack of Wofford, but like Steve Martin used to say, I forgot. But here will be the key, in much the same manner as NDSU’s matchup with Georgia Southern last year: Christian Dudzik.
Of course, the Bison secondary will no longer be in pass defense mode, which it has been in some way or another for all 12 games to date. Every team the Bison have faced have had a quarterback with some sort of passing threat, specifically Matt Brown from Illinois State, although nobody in the category of a Rhett Bomar from a few years ago. Still, Kurt Hess, Austin Sumner and Sawyer Kollmorgen were legitimate dual-threat quarterbacks who could throw.
Now comes Wofford and its 81 passing attempts all season. With three backs, it’s all about assignments and gap control for the Bison defense and perhaps nobody will have bigger role than safety Dudzik, who will play the spot Colten Heagle had against Georgia Southern last year. Dudzik and Heagle, in fact, talked about that very role last Saturday night after the Bison second round win. Dudzik said Heagle, out with a torn ACL, has been in all the meetings this week and doing his best to help out.
Physically, Dudzik has the tools for the job. He’s the fastest guy on the team, we’re told, and he’s one of the toughest competitors out there. Any other keys? Perhaps the Father of Football will find time to comment.