FARGO, N.D. - If you could eliminate the injuries, the start of the season for North Dakota State’s football team would be about perfect. But we all know you cannot avoid all of the injuries, which is why coaches came up with the saying, “next man up.”
The big injury news last week was a standout linebacker, Nick DeLuca. Head Coach Chris Klieman said DeLuca had a procedure today. "I don't know how it went yet and what they all did so i don't have an answer for you other than he had a procedure so I'll learn more and we probably won't know anything if not this week until next week I don't really know other than there was a procedure done."
The Bison defense without DeLuca was outstanding at Eastern Washington. Levi Joedheim and Dan Marlette did most of the work at linebacker. Klieman says the key to the win on Saturday was not allowing the Eagles to have it much on offense.
"For us to be able to run the football the way we were able to and control the time of possession and keep the quarterback off the field that was the whole key to success was keeping the quarterback off the field and keeping our offensive line and running back's on the field so we executed that part extremely well so we're pleased with the win. We have an open week but have a lot of stuff to do this week."
The Bison host Robert Morris on Sept. 23 at the Fargodome. And NDSU continues to sit behind James Madison in the FCS national coaches poll. The Jackrabbits and Penguins are in the top 5.