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Jeff Kolpack, Published September 16 2013

Bohl more focused on game than 'GameDay'

FARGO – The names Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Chris Fowler and Desmond Howard have been on the minds of North Dakota State football fans since the ESPN “GameDay” crew announced it was coming to Fargo this weekend. Craig Bohl has something else on his mind: Delaware State.

That’s NDSU’s opponent Saturday at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

“I know there are a lot of activities going on but our main business at hand is taking care of things between the lines,” Bohl said. “The national recognition is certainly well received. We appreciate that. But it’s important for us to get ready to play a football game.”

It’s not that the head coach is totally putting the ESPN event aside. It’s already had recruiting implications, he said, saying some recruits are making an on-campus visit this weekend that they otherwise probably would not have.

Bohl said he used to talk to ESPN college football broadcasters when he was the defensive coordinator at the University of Nebraska. Corso has been with “GameDay” since its inception in 1987, Fowler came aboard in 1990 and Herbstreit joined the team in 1996.

“I don’t know if they would remember me,” Bohl said, before mimicking Corso. “Not so fast, my friend.”

NDSU, which was idle last weekend, is 2-0 and once again ranked No. 1 in the FCS media and coaches polls. It’s the last nonconference game for the Bison with the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener at South Dakota State looming next week.

Bohl said two players who missed the Ferris State game two weeks ago will return in starting right tackle Joe Haeg and backup cornerback Brendin Pierre. Haeg was out with an MCL strain and Pierre has yet to play this season because of a hamstring pull.

The status of backup cornerback Jordan Champion (MCL strain) is still uncertain.

Delaware State is 0-2 after a 49-7 loss to fourth-ranked Towson State (Md.). The Hornets opened with a 42-21 defeat to Delaware. In both games, DSU had more passing yards than its opponent but is averaging just 57 yards rushing a game.

Meanwhile, the Bison got a verbal commitment from receiver Isaiah Lesure from Mount Horeb/Barneveld High School in Wisconsin, according to Wisconsin Sports Net. It has the 6-foot-2, 170-pound Lesure as the top-ranked senior prospect at his position.

He caught 44 passes for 818 yards a year ago and has a touchdown in each of his first three games this season.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found

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