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Welcome to the countdown to Frisco! Starting Christmas Day with a “The Twelve Days of Christmas” theme, we’ll feature a Bison football player per day who had a memorable FCS Championship game. Join us as we countdown these remarkable memories and get ready for the big game Jan. 6!
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Carson Wentz – Frisco V
Will Carson Wentz play? Can he play? Should he play? If he can, should he even replace Easton Stick, who is 8-0, after being out of action this long? These questions littered the three-week wait between the semifinals and the national championship against Jacksonville State.
Wentz, with his NFL Draft stock rising, broke a bone in his throwing wrist on Oct. 17 in an upset loss to South Dakota. The Bison were 4-2 with a redshirt freshman taking over the reigns. But Stick answered the call, winning eight straight games to take NDSU to Frisco. Meanwhile, Wentz was rehabbing and working his way back.
Somehow, the Bison were able to keep his status under wraps leading up to Frisco. At the press conference the day before the game, head coach Chris Klieman announced the senior will start for the Bison.
Any worry of rust or Wentz hurting his NFL Draft stock was put to rest. His performance actually helped him rise all the way to the No. 2 overall draft pick. Wentz completed 16-29 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. He also ran nine times for 79 yards and two more scores and was named the game’s Most Valuable Player in the 37-10 win.