It's no secret that FCS schools don't get a lot of publicity. North Dakota State might get the most out of any FCS school and it still isn't a lot. So, you might not know a lot of the guys they have running around out there. Well, lucky for you, I've got your back.
Here are five North Dakota State Bison to be on the lookout for on Saturday afternoon.
Kind of an obvious one here seeing as he is the quarterback of this fantastic NDSU team. Stick filled in nicely as a redshirt freshman last season for the injured Carson Wentz, starting eight games and playing in 11. He completed 61% of his passes, threw for 1,144 yards to go along with 13 touchdowns. With Wentz now in the NFL, it's Stick's team.
Stick has completed 64% of his passes this season to go along with five total touchdowns and just one interception. Stick has also thrown for 451 yards and rushed for 105 over the course of the first couple of contests.
Stick is probably going to be one of the more mobile quarterbacks Iowa faces all year. He ran for nearly 500 yards last season on 85 carries, so he will tuck it and run every so often. He rarely turns the ball over and shows a good ability to work from both inside and outside of the pocket, although I think he looks more comfortable on the move.
Stick is a guy that could give Iowa problems, especially on the ground.
Frazier has started the first two games for the Bison, but he's seen Lance Dunn rack up more carries than he has. Frazier ran for nearly 1,200 yards last season to go along with 11 touchdowns.
He gives the Bison a very solid running threat and when you pair him with Dunn, they are a pretty fierce combo. Frazier has yet to really get going for the Bison this season, so the Hawkeyes will want to keep him under wraps because he does have big play ability.
Frazier has totaled just 21 carries for 118 yards and two touchdowns so far this season.
This kid is an absolute tackling machine in the middle for the Bison. He racked up 135 total tackles last season to go along with 10 for a loss, three sacks, two interceptions, and two forced fumbles. DeLuca did it all last year.
He's picked up right where he left off last season as he's tallied 18 total tackles, one for a loss, and an interception in his first two games. He's a guy that is going to be tough to block for this offensive line.
He's quick, he's physical, and he has a nose for the football. When he drops in coverage he shows a good ability to close on pass catchers and wrap up to make a solid tackle. He's best when he's down around the line of scrimmage, thought.
DeLuca should be a handful on Saturday.
There is little doubt that the Bison's best pass rusher is Menard. He racked up 14.5 tackles for a loss last season and recorded 10 sacks in the process. Iowa's offensive line is going to need to know where Menard is right away when the Bison get set because they have struggled a bit in pass protection so far this season and if they aren't careful, Menard could burn them for a sack or two.
Through the first two games, Menard has 11 total tackles, two for a loss, and 1.5 sacks.
At 6'2" and 240 pounds he's a quick, athletic guy that gets off the line fairly fast, so Iowa will need to be on the lookout for him before each snap.
Dunn is the second running back in North Dakota State's system. It seems they've kind of been platooning Dunn and Frazier even thought both are fairly capable of being the starter.
Dunn has received more carries this season with 26, but Frazier isn't too far behind at 21. Dunn was the third stringer last year behind Bruce Anderson, but it appears he's jumped Anderson and has assumed the number two role.
Dunn has carried the ball 26 times for 178 yards and two touchdowns so far in his sophomore season. He's coming off a freshman campaign that saw him carry the ball 95 times for 468 yards and three touchdowns over the course of 13 games.
Dunn could be poised for a breakout season if he sees a majority of the carries.
He also gives the Bison another nice weapon in the backfield. Both Dunn and Frazier can hurt you if you aren't careful.null