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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 07 2010

Monday motions: Bison will likely make another game-time QB call after learning that Jensen had slight concussion

The starting quarterback is up in the air but otherwise everybody else is pretty healthy, and it’s cold outside. It was just another routine Monday in the North Dakota State football camp.

Only this is not a normal time of the year. It’s the quarterfinal round of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, and the Bison began preparations for Eastern Washington, the 2:30 p.m. CST opponent Saturday in Cheney, Wash.

Starting quarterback Brock Jensen suffered a slight concussion in the 42-17 win at Montana State on Saturday, said head coach Craig Bohl. Like most injuries of that nature, Jensen will be evaluated throughout the week, and it appears his status could be a game-time decision.

“Hopefully, he’ll be able to practice as the week goes along,” Bohl said.

If not, sophomore Jose Mohler will be under center for the latest date NDSU will play a football game since the Division II national title victory over the University of South Dakota in 1986. The 1988 and 1990 title games were played prior to Dec. 11.

Of the eight teams remaining this year, four of them have four losses in NDSU (9-4), Georgia Southern (9-4), New Hampshire (8-4) and Villanova (8-4). The other four – Appalachian State, Wofford, Delaware and Eastern Washington – all have two losses.

“We’re not lone rangers,” Bohl said. “It’s a pretty even playing field right now.”

NDSU came out of the second-round win over Montana State healthy, with the exception of Jensen. Bohl said he talked with Jensen, who said he felt fine.

“But it doesn’t matter what he thinks and what I think,” Bohl said. “It matters what the docs at Sanford medical feel. They’re always going to be very, very cautious and never release a player to play unless he’s 100 percent cleared.

“A head injury is something I know doctors always look at, so we’ll just see how it goes as the week goes along.”

Either way, NDSU would like to improve its passing attack from a 5 of 19 performance for 56 yards.

“We need to be more balanced,” Bohl said.

The Bison countered that with 207 yards rushing by D.J. McNorton, which was a school playoff record. The old mark was 176 yards held by Tony Satter in 1990 against Pittsburg State (Kan.).

That game was played on Dec. 3. Saturday’s Eastern Washington game will be Dec. 11.

“This is a fun thing,” Bohl said. “But I know I’m running on caffeine right now.”

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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