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Jeff Kolpack, Published April 08 2014

Bison football's King Frazier to have surgery today

FARGO – King Frazier’s first three practices in a North Dakota State uniform were impressive. Unfortunately, that’s all the evaluation he’ll get from the Bison coaches.

The sophomore running back will undergo scope surgery today to repair the meniscus in his knee and will miss the rest of spring football. If it’s a partial tear, he may be out just two weeks, said NDSU head coach Chris Klieman.

That would still sideline him for the April 26 Spring Game, but it appears it would be the best-case scenario. If more repair is needed, he’ll be out “an extended period of time,” Klieman said.

“He needs reps, but the three practices we did see, we saw some good things,” Klieman said.

The Bison were not only impressed by his physical stature – 6-foot, 222 pounds with quickness to go with it – but Klieman said Frazier showed an aptitude to pick up the Bison offense quickly.

“I think he’ll help us in the fall,” Klieman said.

Frazier transferred from the University of Nebraska this semester and was expected to compete with sophomore Chase Morlock for the backup job to starting running back John Crockett.

Klieman also said fullback Jedre Cyr will miss the rest of spring ball because of hernia surgery. The former walk-on from Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton has progressed to the point where he was slated to take over the role vacated by senior Andrew Grothmann.

The 6-foot, 240-pound Cyr has played sporadically the last two years, mostly on special teams.

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