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Mike McFeely is not a Great FCS Quarterback Mind

Mike McFeely is not a Great FCS Quarterback Mind

So the fledgling Area Voices blogger/Forum columnist/WDAY-AM talk show host/Izzowannabe says if a miracle happened in the next few days and Carson Wentz all of a sudden became healthy — sort of like Brock Jensen miraculously recovering from a broken collarbone in 2010 — that he would still go with Easton Stick as the Bison quarterback. I’m not sure what kind of body of water Mike McFeely was fishing on when this thought hit him, but somewhere near Fantasy Island would probably be a good guess. You can read his blog here.

Bench the fifth-year senior starting quarterback who led your team to a national title who has two other last-minute wins on his resume against top 10 teams who will go down as one of the program’s all-time best? Catch your breath after that run-on sentence. But really?

Granted, Wentz would have to be 100 percent with full capability of operating in the running game because that’s what’s working. No question on that. There can be no put-him-in-and-avoid-plays-that-risk-injury kind of thing. The offense under Stick was OK at Indiana State, pretty good at Southern Illinois and sensational against Western Illinois. I wouldn’t call it unstoppable just yet, not after one 43-minute time of possession outing. Also note that Western didn’t show up, either.

I think Stick is really good, and really fast. His throwing has gotten better but is nowhere near what Wentz brings to the table, not yet. Wentz is not slow, either — have we forgotten the leap at Iowa State and the 100-yard games late last year?

Carson or Easton? A freshman or seasoned senior? What a great problem to have for NDSU if it should come to that, but it shouldn’t even be a second thought as to who starts.

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