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Jeff Kolpack, Published October 04 2013

Bison nose guard Drevlow cleared to play today

FARGO – It was an impressive effort by North Dakota State in shutting down South Dakota State running back Zach Zenner last week. Moreover, the Bison did it with its starting nose guard back in Fargo watching the game on television.

It was a strange feeling for senior Ryan Drevlow.

He missed the game because of concussion symptoms after knocking heads with teammate Mike Hardie while both were going for a tackle. Drevlow called it a “friendly fire” incident, and it wasn’t the first time it happened to him.

“Every major injury I’ve had has been friendly fire,” he said. “It’s part of the game that you can’t get rid of, especially when we play the way we do. Mike was just taking a shot, and I happened to be in the way trying to make the same play. It’s going to happen.”

Drevlow was cleared for today’s Northern Iowa game on Monday, so the time away from the field was brief. NDSU did just fine in his absence, however, holding Zenner to four yards on eight carries.

The Bison held the Jacks to minus-32 yards overall, the lowest total allowed in Division I football. The Bison record is minus-85 yards against Morningside in 1974.

“That’s always been our mentality, next man up,” Drevlow said. “You could be the third string guy but when the lights are on, you’re probably going to have to be out there at some point. It’s tough to make it through the Missouri Valley season completely healthy with everybody.”

Bison get more than a victory in state of South Dakota

NDSU got more than a win at SDSU last week, the Bison picked up a verbal commitment from a South Dakota player. Linebacker Dan Marlette from Sioux Falls Washington High School will make it official on signing day in early February.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Marlette has deep roots in the state. His brother, Jim Marlette, played at the University of South Dakota.

“He comes from a very athletic family,” said Washington head coach Chad Stadem. “One thing is he plays very hard. A gamer. He’s kind of lanky and if they can put weight on him like they do their other guys, they’re going to have a football player on their hands.”

He had 75 tackles last year with 13 for lost yardage. Stadem said Marlette had offers from SDSU and USD and said Miami (Ohio) was looking at him.

UNI head coach enjoys having son on the team

There are two leaders named Farley at Northern Iowa. Mark Farley is the head coach in his 13th year in that role. The team’s leading tackler is his son, linebacker Jake Farley.

Jake Farley started his career at Kansas before transferring to UNI last season.

“A lot of head coaches who have had their sons play for them told me it would be a neat deal,” Mark Farley said. “As it’s turned out, it is. There’s some stress to it but at the same time it’s fun to have him out there and watch film with on Sunday morning.”

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound junior already has 45 tackles. He tied for the team lead last season with 85.

Bison will see 3-4 look from Panthers defense

For the first time this year, NDSU will see a 3-4 defensive alignment, which in prior years seemed to cause its West Coast offense the most problems.

NDSU may lead the FCS in scoring defense giving up 7.8 points a game, but UNI is third at just 11.8 per game.

“They have good athleticism and big, strong guys up front,” said NDSU head coach Craig Bohl.

The Panthers also use a 4-3 at times.

Etc. etc. etc.

Scott Miller, the play-by-play announcer for NDSU, will be in the booth after missing last week’s game because of the death of his father.

Bison punter Ben LeCompte was named The Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week after two punts of 74 and 75 yards and three others ending inside the SDSU 20-yard line.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at

(701) 241-5546.

Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia