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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 09 2010

QB Jensen says he’s ready to play

It wasn’t a final exam, but it almost felt like one Wednesday for North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen. The freshman passed a concussion test and was medically cleared to play Saturday in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision quarterfinal game at Eastern Washington.

Jensen was injured in the first half of last week’s second-round win at Montana State. He said he had a headache for much of Sunday, but that he’s felt fine since then.

“Those are all gone and I’m ready to go,” he said.

He took the ImPACT test, which uses a series of questions to determine mental fitness. It was administered in the NDSU training room.

“It was kind of nervewracking at first,” Jensen said. “I got a couple of answers wrong and I’m like, ‘I feel fine. I feel normal ... what if I don’t get cleared?’ But it’s all good.”

Jensen has been knocked around this year with a broken collarbone, a sprained right throwing shoulder and now the concussion. But nothing has knocked him out.

He said there is some lingering discomfort with the shoulder, and only time will heal it.

“It’s something I can deal with,” he said.

Jensen is listed as the starter on the Bison depth chart. Both he and NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said there is no plan to alter his style of play, mainly by limiting his runs.

Jensen called his last two injuries “flukish” and said frozen turf had more to do with them than anything. He slipped just prior to his collision with a defensive back at Montana State and wasn’t able to brace for a hit.

“I’m just going to continue playing the game I know how to play and nothing will stop me from running the football and trying to do my part,” he said.

NDSU has struggled with the passing game for much of this season. Jensen and Jose Mohler were a combined 5 of 19 passing last week for 56 yards, bringing the Bison’s two-game playoff total to 15 of 43 for 35 percent.

“We struggled a little bit last week but we’re not going to change anything up,” Mohler said. “We have trust in our game plan and we’re just going to keep putting the same foot forward.”

Said Jensen: “We understand we’re going to need the passing game. We understand we have to throw the ball more efficiently than we have and we’ll do so.”


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