NORTH DAKOTA ST.
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE (NDSCS)
Location: Wahpeton, ND
2001 TOP PROSPECTS
The North Dakota St. College of Science Wildcats suffered through an ugly 3-6 season in 2000. Very unusual for a team that typically finishes at or near the top of the ICCAC standings.
Back when spring practices were getting ready to start, head coach John Richman was cautiously optimistic about his team's shot at a turnaround in 2001. "Next year we return four of five starting offensive linemen," said Richman. But he points out that the Wildcats don't have an experienced QB returning. Last year's QB, Tyler Stoeser, led the conference in passing and total offense.
On the bright side, however, there's a talented young running back coming to town named Terrance Freeney (Cedar Falls, IA). The 5-10, 204-pounder is a Nebraska referral, who graduated high school early and is enrolled at NDSCS for spring term. Perhaps he'll ignite the offense. In a quarterfinal HS game last season Freeney had 43 carries for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns. He is the all-time leading rusher in Iowa prep football, surpassing the 5,000-yard mark for his career with 5,203.
Freeney's only a freshman, of course.
Here's an early look at the top returnees at NDSCS for 2001:
2001 PROSPECTS TO WATCH
Ht/Wt: 6-3, 357
Notes: A very athletic big man, who started every game for the Wildcats in 2000. He's originally from Washburn HS in Minnesota.
Ht/Wt: 6-4, 310
Notes: Will play guard this spring. Moves very well for his size. Played at Fargo South HS. Honorable-mention All-Conference in 2000.
Ht/Wt: 5-11, 199
Notes: Played tailback for the Wildcats as a freshman but is moving to free safety this spring. Whether he stays on defense depends on Freeney's performance. His spring testing numbers illustrate just how athletic Pinderhughes is.
Ht/Wt: 6-0, 180
Ht/Wt: 6-0, 196
Notes: Played at North Glenn HS in Denver, CO. Made honorable-mention All-Conference last year.