2011 Team Preview: NDSCS

North Dakota State College of Science head coach Chuck Parsons and his staff have quietly built up a solid program over the past few years. Like last year, there are several talented prospects on both sides of the ball, so with that mind, we here at JCFootball.com take a look at some of the top prospects and what types of contributions they are expected to make this year...

The Wildcats have a solid backfield tandem in QB Cody Davies and RB D.J. Fuller.

Davies was an All-Region selection after going 126 of 244 for 1,780 yds with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

When he drops back to pass, Davies will look to WR Marcus Gibbs who isn't big, but is super-quick and tough.

Fuller missed all but three games in 2010 with an injury, but in the games he played he managed to post 343 yards and 2 touchdowns on 41 carries and with his 5'10, 210-pound frame to go along with his 4.5 speed, he is a threat both in-between the tackles or on the edge.

Last season, NDSCS boasted two of the top offensive line prospects in the country in Jacob Fahrenkrug (Florida State) and Matt Williams (California) so they have their work cut out for them in replacing their talent and nasty demeanors.

Looking to step in are Chase Nelson a 6'9, 360-pounder at one of the tackle spots while Ali Scott, a bounceback from Norfolk State, will likely end up inside.

Defense is where a majority of the Wildcats' top prospect reside with all four of their defensive line prospect looking like legit D-1 prospects.

Rakeem Chandler and Jeremy Gordon are already garnering attention from FBS schools while defensive tackles Zack McNally and Erik Rosenfeldt will do their work inside.

At linebacker, the Wildcats have three more top prospects in Johnny Watkins, Paul Dupee and Anthony Gandy.

Of the three, Watkins had the biggest season in 2010, posting 88 tackles, 12 tackles-for-loss, one sacks, six forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception from his middle linebacker spot. He was named to both the All-Conference and All-Region teams for his efforts.

The secondary will be led by Ted Meline, a Tennessee bounceback who is big and love to play physical football as well as Kelvin Wilkins who is a hard-hitting, in-the-box safety prospect.

NDSCS will take on Dakota College of Bottineau on August 27th to begin the 2011 football season.


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