Northern State (0-2, 0-2 NSIC) will play at Winona State (1-1, 1-1) on Saturday in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference game.
The Wolves are coming off a heart-breaking 32-30 loss against Southwest last week, while the Warriors lost to No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth 38-16.
You can read my preview about the game here.
Here are some other notes/thoughts about this week’s game:
— The Wolves defense will have their hands full with Winona State RB Rayon Simmons. The senior tailback has 3,640 career rushing yards, leaving him in second-place on the all-time list and 224 shy of the all-time mark. He is also approaching the all-time NSIC career rushing record. Simmons had 153 rushing yards and three TDs in 2009 against NSU in Aberdeen.
— I had a live chat on Thursday and a couple of things that were brought quite a bit were the NSU receivers and the Wolves redshirts. I think that NSU QB Jared Jacobson needs to have a big game throwing the ball to those receivers. He has shown that he can run the ball, but needs to have a solid game through the air. He is currently leading the team in rushing and is also third in the conference in rushing. NSU averages 213 rushing yards per game.
“You have to be more balanced than what we have been,” NSU coach Tom Dosch said. “There is no question about that. Usually it is the other way around. It is good that we are finding ways to run the football. Now we have to find ways to do both and be more consistent at it.”
— On the redshirt topic, which always seems to be a very popular topic among fans. True freshman linebacker Dakota Odermann had his redshirt lifted in last week’s game against Southwest. He contributed one tackle on special teams. Dosch said some other inside linebackers were “banged up” last week and the coaching staff also felt they were pretty thin at the position anyway coming into the season. Dosch expects Odermann to play regularly on special teams the rest of the season.
“Now it is just learning and getting caught up to the speed of the game,” Dosch said about Odermann. “We felt Dakota was ready, so we felt the need to play him.”
— No other true freshmen will travel with the team this week, and as of now no other true freshmen will have their redshirts lifted said Dosch.
— The only change to the starting lineup for the Wolves is B.J. Wright is starting at right guard. Wright is the third different player listed as the starter at the position. Robert Johnson, out with an injury, started the season at the spot. Logan Brakke started last week.
— Here is a video interview that I did with NSU running back John Hughes earlier in the week:
By Ryan Deal