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Hayden Goethe, Published December 27 2012

NDSU, Sam Houston State return from short holiday breaks

FARGO – North Dakota State and Sam Houston State wasted little time during the holidays. Both teams returned to practice Wednesday, just 10 days before the two teams will meet for the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision title on Jan. 5 in Frisco, Texas.

“I know our players are pumped,” SHSU head coach Willie Fritz said. “We just got back (Wednesday). Back into practice mode.”

NDSU head coach Craig Bohl said his players had strong practices on both Wednesday and Thursday.

“I thought it was fairly good coming back after Christmas break,” Bohl said. “It was a little but rusty, which you would expect. We had a very robust practice (Wednesday) and then we had another good one (Thursday).”

Neal, Ware will handle ESPN2 duties again

The NDSU football team will appear on ESPN2 for the second straight game when it plays for the FCS title at noon on Jan. 5. And the same broadcast team that was in Fargo for the semifinals earlier this month will handle duties for the title game in Frisco.

Dave Neal will do play-by-play alongside former NFL quarterback Andre Ware, who will provide color commentary.

Cara Capuano will be the sideline reporter.

NDSU center Lund wins prestigious award

North Dakota State senior Joe Lund collected another honor Thursday.

Lund was named the FCS recipient of the Rimington Award, which is presented annually by the Boomer Esiason Foundation to the top center in each level of college football.

Lund was a first-team all-Missouri Valley Football Conference selection in helping lead NDSU to a 13-1 record.


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