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Jeff Kolpack, Published January 09 2014

Bison QB Jensen signs with agent; Williams to join Turner at NFL Combine

FARGO – The North Dakota State football players got a chance to meet the crew from ESPN’s “College GameDay” the day before the pregame show aired. For quarterback Brock Jensen, it was a preview of what was to come.

Jensen signed with the agency 7 Sports Group that includes quarterback coaches George Whitfield Jr. and Steve Calhoun. Whitfield also works on the “GameDay” set as a quarterback analyst and has trained 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who recently announced he’s leaving Texas A&M for the NFL.

Jensen said he’s not sure if he’ll be working with Whitfield or Calhoun, “but either way I’ll be working with one of the two best in the country.”

Jensen said Whitfield mentioned something about talking to him after the season when “GameDay” came to Fargo in September. The players were bussed to the set downtown on the Friday before playing Delaware State to check out the scene.

The 15-0 season ended Saturday with the Division I FCS national title win over Towson University (Md.). By Sunday, offensive lineman Billy Turner was in Phoenix after signing with Premier Sports and Entertainment. He has an invitation to the NFL Combine in February in Indianapolis.

Cornerback Marcus Williams also got an invite to the Combine, according to his father Jeff Williams, who got his information from an agent. Marcus is working out in Phoenix not far from Turner’s facility getting ready for the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 18.

It was an expected interruption before all three get their academic degrees. NDSU athletic director Gene Taylor said all three are close to finishing.

Jensen needs one semester of student-teaching in his physical education and health major. Turner needs an internship in communications, and Williams has a couple of classes remaining in university studies.

“I’m sure after they focus on the NFL draft they will finish their degrees,” Taylor said.

Williams signed with Minneapolis-based The Institute for Athletes.

“We talked with several agents, and these guys really seemed like they were focused on the athlete as a whole,” Jeff Williams said, referring to health, nutrition, finances and life in the pro game.

Marcus will return to Phoenix after the Shrine Game. It’s been a whirlwind week, including the trip to Frisco, Texas, Jeff Williams said.

“Marcus was emotional on Saturday,” he said. “He appreciates the fan base and the people in Fargo. It was a great experience for him, but he’s looking forward to the next chapter.”

Jensen will be working out in San Diego until returning to the Midwest for his pro day testing. He’s not sure if he’ll do it at NDSU or the University of Wisconsin, with the advantage of the Wisconsin day being later in the year.

His biggest hurdle, he said, will be to overcome the small-school stigma.

“The biggest thing against me is I’m from the FCS,” he said. “It’s just a label you’re tagged with even though I know I’m just as capable as the quarterbacks in the FBS.”

Meanwhile, with the large senior class leaving, NDSU continues to work on bringing new players in. It appears the Bison will get University of Nebraska transfer running back King Frazier, according to Husker Online, the Rivals.com site of the Cornhuskers.

Frazier was originally recruited out of Lee’s Summit, Mo., by Bison head coach Chris Klieman. He chose to walk on to Nebraska, but he’s leaving after two seasons, including one redshirt year. He’ll have three years of eligibility with NDSU.

The 6-foot, 220-pound Frazier also had a scholarship offer from Indiana out of high school. He had 12 carries for 44 yards and one touchdown this season.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia