The summer vacation was needed and brief and now the countdown to the start of a new football season can really begin. We’re still trying to get as much info as we can on the search for a new athletic director at NDSU, but not much is coming out now. Gene Taylor is here in Fargo until the end of July, and the goal all along that Dean Bresciani had was to have a new AD in place by the time the new athletic year begins, which is the middle to end of August; we’ll keep you updated.
Last week, the Sports Network unveiled its preseason All-Americans for 2014, NDSU did not get a player on the first team, while Colten Heagle made 2nd team with Carlton Littlejohn and Christian Dudzik were selected to the 3rd team. I know these lists are put out at this time of year just to make for debate, so I’ll indulge for a second, how in the world Kyle Emanuel and Zach Vraa were left off any of these teams is a mystery to me.
Emanuel’s stats were terrific, 47 tackles, 10 for loss, racking up 7.5 sacks, he’s been a defensive force since his redshirt freshman season (look up 2011 game vs UNI). Vraa had a record setting season for the Bison last year, 67 receptions, 1,191 yards and 15 TDs, he became a threat that required double-teams thru the 2nd half of the season and will command that again at the start of this season. We’ll see how the rankings stand at the end of the year.
If you need a football fix, this Sunday is the North Dakota Shrine Bowl at the Fargodome, WDAY will be televising the game for the first time, you can watch LIVE on our alternate channel 6-3 or 8-3 in Grand Forks, or you can watch online at WDAY.com. All six of NDSU’s incoming freshmen are playing in this game (Eric Bachmeier, Stanley Jones, Levi Jordheim, Levi Hoiby, Tanner Volson and Luke Bacon) for many this will be your first look at these guys before they arrive at camp in early August.
One last note, since our Top 10 moments was such a hit, we have another video segment starting next week that I think people will really enjoy before the start of football season, but I don’t need to remind everyone to check the blog out daily for that. Hope everyone is enjoying their summer, we are 54 days away from the start of the season, Iowa State will be debuting a new look helmet for NDSU and Fox Sports 1 on August 30th:
— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) July 1, 2014