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Jeff Kolpack, Published August 22 2009

WR Woods ruled out for entire year

The play during North Dakota State’s football practice seemed harmless a couple of days ago. Receiver Delane Woods stumbled a bit on a pass route and got up walking a bit gingerly. He went over to the sideline and appeared to try and shake it off. On Thursday, it was thought to be a mild knee strain of some type.

By Friday morning, he was ruled out for the year with an injured ACL.

“Real unfortunate,” said head coach Craig Bohl.

Woods, originally from Minneapolis Washburn High School, never really got going with NDSU. He just became eligible this week because of transcript issues with his transfer from East Los Angeles Community College.

NDSU-Iowa State video only available on Web

NDSU’s season opener at Iowa State will only be televised in the state of Iowa. Fox College Sports confirmed this week that it will not pick up the game and ISU’s contract with Mediacom dictates that the game cannot air outside of the state’s borders.

The game will be available via Webcast on NDSU’s site at www.gobison.com.

NDSU will have three televised games – Illinois State (Oct. 3) and Youngstown State (Nov. 21) on the North Dakota NBC Network and Northern Iowa (Oct. 10) on Fox College Sports.

Games at South Dakota State and Western Illinois are still in the works, said NDSU director of broadcasting Jeremy Jorgenson.

Bruhn, Thorton give Bison commitments

The Bison received two verbal commitments this week from familiar towns. Bismarck High quarterback Esley Thorton and Beatrice, Neb., lineman Jesse Hinz. Both are seniors this fall.

There is no questioning Thorton’s athletic ability. He’s been the starting quarterback for the Demons since his sophomore year including the Demons’ state championship two years ago. He threw for over 1,000 yards last year.

“He’s only scratched the surface as far as his ability,” said BHS head coach Mark Gibson.

Gibson said NDSU is looking at Thorton as a quarterback, but the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder “is one heck of a free safety for us when we need him there.”

The Bison are liking what they see this fall from true freshman fullback Garrett Bruhn, who’s getting consideration on playing right away. They’re hoping they’ll get the same vibe from another player from Hinz, Bruhn’s teammate last year at Beatrice.

Hinz also had a scholarship offer from Ohio University, according to the Omaha World-Herald newspaper. Signing day for the 2010 class is not until the first Wednesday in February.

Etc. etc. etc.

Senior offensive guard Keith Buckman was named to the College Sports News Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-American second team. … NDSU’s annual “Fan Day” is scheduled for next Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Fargodome. The football, soccer and volleyball teams will sign autographs in addition to inflatable games for kids.

Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the WDAY Golf Show, 10 a.m. to noon on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

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