I wrote a post earlier this season that the Bison can live without players here and there, but the one they absolutely cannot lose is linebacker Grant Olson. The guy is a captain, is intelligent and is a leader both emotionally and physically on defense.
So what happens this week? Social media interaction that Olson is in the hospital and will miss Saturday’s title game with appendix surgery. Well, it turns out only part of that may be true. Head coach Craig Bohl said Olson will make the trip and he confirmed he had some tests done, but citing privacy concerns, would not elaborate any further. He’s listed as “probable” for the game.
Olson is the difference between NDSU being the underdog or favorite. He’s that important to the team. It’s close either way, I believe, but without him, NDSU will either shift Carlton Littlejohn over to the middle and start Esley Thorton on the outside or go with Antonio Rodgers in the middle. The national title game is no place to put a first time starter in the middle.
The Bison have withstood the loss of safety Colten Heagle and noseguard Leevon Perry, both two of the best at their position in the FCS. I don’t think they can get by with the loss of another standout, especially Grant.