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Jeff Kolpack, Published October 17 2011

Bison football players sporting long locks

Fargo - It started for no particular reason and it’s continued just because. There’s no superstition or bet of any kind to several of North Dakota State’s players sporting the long hair look these days.

It’s just one of those things, said defensive end Coulter Boyer.

“I tried to get it started last year,” said cornerback Marcus Williams, whose dreadlocks have followed his four interceptions and standout play this season. “I’ve been trying to get everybody on the same page.”

There was a time in Bison football when length was mandated and no facial hair was allowed. Williams said the new look for the participating players is working and as long as the Bison keep winning games, “Coach Bohl can’t say too much.”

The reality, head coach Craig Bohl said, is he’s more worried about his players’ behavior and attitude than hair length. He’s never had a team rule on hair length.

“I don’t know, heck, kids, everything goes in cycles,” he said. “I grew up in the ’70s and everybody had long hair. At one time, I was a stick in the mud about that, but I think we have good team chemistry and good leadership, and if they choose to wear their hair a little longer, I’m not going to get bent out of shape about that.”

Opinions vary as to who wears their long hair the best. Boyer – since he said he can’t choose himself – says wide receiver Zach Vraa. Defensive end Scott Stoczynski points to Boyer or tight end Matt Veldman.

Veldman?

“I have the best hair, come on now,” Veldman said. “OK, we’ll get more candid here. The best hair on the team is Scott Stoczynski.”

Safety John Pike said he had long hair in junior college football and played well with it. It was short when he arrived at NDSU last year – and it’s no longer short.

“I went back to what made me successful,” he said.

Pike’s pick: safety Bobby Ollman has the longest hair, but the best belongs to Boyer or Stoczynski.

“Some days it’s all right,” Boyer said. “Some days it’s a nuisance. But I like it. It’s a nice change up.”