NDSU defensive coordinator Scottie Hazelton was literally running from an interview with several media members to his next destination on Tuesday afternoon. The point was obvious: there is no time to waste in trying to prepare for the Georgia Southern triple option. It’s doubtful the lights in the NDSU coaches office have been turned off since Sunday morning when preparations for the FCS semifinal at the dome began. “We’re grinding,” Hazelton said.
Fellow Forum scribe Eric Peterson has a story going tomorrow on Concordia’s triple option game, which is similar to the GSU look. Concordia, in fact, brought GSU head coach Jeff Monken to Fargo for an option clinic a few years ago when Monken was an assistant at Navy. This is really what this game on Saturday is boiling down to: how fast can NDSU learn a new scheme and how well will the Bison defend the option game.
Safety Colten Heagle said today he’s back from a thumb injury and that’s a big bonus for NDSU. Heagle is one of the better run defenders in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.