Some notes and quotes from today’s FCS title game teleconference:
- NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said Ryan Smith’s hamstring injury is about 90 percent and he anticipates the senior receiver will be full-go for the Jan. 4 games. Bohl said Grant Olson (ACL) continues to practice. Olson will never be at 100 percent until well after surgery, but his presence means NDSU will have every available player for Towson.
- Both Bohl and Towson coach Rob Ambrose emphasized the physical, ball control mentality of each other’s teams. It’s probably not a coincidence that the last two teams standing in FCS are two teams that can run the ball and play defense.
- There is still no word on the status of Towson starting quarterback Peter Athens. Ambrose said the senior was being looked at by a trainer and a team doctor while he was on the conference call and the team’s first practice isn’t until tonight at 8 p.m. Athens hurt his shoulder in the semifinal game at Eastern Washington.
- Bohl was asked to compare Towson’s Terrance West and South Dakota State’s Zach Zenner, two of the top backs in rushing in the FCS. “They’re different style of runners,” Bohl said. “First of all, Terrance is bigger. He’s got excellent change of direction and he’s able to break tackles.”
- Ambrose has not been short on compliments of NDSU this week, calling it the Ivan Drago of the FCS and a team that is a perfect. Today, he opened with “It’s an honor to represent Towson University at the pinnacle against one of the greatest football teams in the history of history.”