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Jeff Kolpack, Published November 11 2010

Bison football: Who will start at QB still up in air

It’s back to the guessing game as to who will be the starting quarterback for North Dakota State on Saturday.

Freshman Brock Jensen, the starter before going down with a broken collarbone last month, returned to practice this week and appears to be healthy. But NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said the starter for the South Dakota State game will be a game-time decision between Jensen and sophomore Jose Mohler.

Jensen practiced Monday and Tuesday and he said Wednesday that he felt fine throwing the football. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be ready to play.

“As much as I would like to say yes it’s one of those things where right now I don’t know,” Jensen said. “It feels great to throw the football but being able to take a hit is a different story. … It’s kind of a day by day thing right now and hopefully it will keep getting better.”

Bohl said Jensen is practicing and “doing the whole thing.” Asked if not knowing who will be the starting quarterback is a factor, SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier said he didn’t think it matters much because of the style of offense that NDSU runs.

“I think their offense is what dictates the play they run,” Stiegelmeier said. “Their quarterback to me is a facilitator of the running game and the play-action pass.”

Jensen said he thought he was done for the season, but he said he started to change his mind after just a couple weeks.

“I started to get quite a range of motion just two weeks from diagnosis,” he said. “After that, I thought there might be a chance. But it’s still pretty early to tell.”

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be heard on the Saturday Morning Sports Show, 9-11 a.m. on WDAY-AM (970). He can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

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