The Bison football team hit the field for the first time since being crowned National Champs in their annual Spring Game.Photos By Joe Kerlin
Spring may mean the start of the baseball and softball season, but it’s never too early to start thinking about football. Over 4,900 green and gold faithful ignored the beautiful weather outside and spent their Saturday afternoon watching the only football team they adore.
When it comes down to it, the Spring Football game is just a glorified practice. Everything is scripted to a T, no one can lay a finger on the quarterbacks and even head coach Craig Bohl can step in whenever he pleases to ask for a replay review. The event itself is more of a celebration than anything else. A time to reflect on the past season as the players prepare for the 2013 season and another championship run.
As the players from the 2012 team were announced one-by-one before the game to receive there rings, memories of their accomplishments came to the minds of every member of Bison Nation. Starting with #1, the all-American Marcus Williams, or “Daddy Will” as fans know him by, accepted his second championship ring and memories from last season’s homecoming game of Williams’ pick-6 came rushing back. The next big roar from the crowd came when #4 Ryan Smith was announced as he walked without any noticeable limp to receive his second ring. The cheering continued as the Bison put the final cherry on top of their 2012 season.
The festive atmosphere of the ring ceremony continued into the actual game itself and didn’t stop until the final whistle blew.
The defending, back-to-back national champs took the field at the FargoDome for the first time since defeating Georgia Southern last December and to the casual fan, not much had change. The 2012 FCS Championship game MVP Brock Jensen was still at the helm for the Bison offense, handing the ball off to Sam Ojuri and slinging it through the air to a freshly buzzed Zach Vraa.
It was much of the same on defense too. The number one ranked defense in the nation will return ten of their eleven starters. Ball hawks Williams and Christian Dudzik both made plays as the defensive line stuffed the run per usual.
Seeing a glimpse of the 2013 football team left everyone in the FargoDome with a craving for more. We will have to wait until August 30 when the Bison kick-off the season against Kansas St. to get our next fixation of Bison football. Until then, enjoy your summer and be sure to keep an eye out for the baseball, softball, and track and field teams!