Clink McGeary

Green Bay Packers


Kevin Donnalley

New England Patriots

Philadelphia Stars

Washington Federals


Melvin (Fritz) Hanson

Winnipeg Blue Bombers


Walt Odegaard

British Columbia Lions


Stacy Robinson

New York Giants


Flint Fleming

Calgary Stampeders


Lyle Sturgeon

Green Bay Packers


Dick Hanson

New York Giants


Jeff Bentrim

Saskatchewan Roughriders


Joe Toth

Saskatchewan Roughriders


W.P. (Bud) Marquadt

Winnipeg Blue Bombers


Steve Nelson

New England Patriots


Phil Hansen

Buffalo Bills


Lamar Gordon

St. Louis Rams, Miami Dolphins,

Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit



Herb Peschel

Winnipeg Blue Bombers


Mike McTague

Calgary Stampeders

Montreal Concordes

Saskatchewan Roughriders


Doug Lloyd

Oakland Raiders

Houston Oilers

Green Bay Packers


Jared Peck

Denver Broncos, St. Louis

Rams, Oakland Raiders, Atlanta



Ernie Wheeler

Pittsburgh Steelers

Chicago Cardinals


Pat McBride

Ottawa Rough Riders


Tyrone Braxton

Denver Broncos

Miami Dolphins



�This listing indicates only the original team they signed with.

Drafted players are indicated by their signing round in parenthesis.

Year Athlete (Round) Hometown Team

2007 Craig Dahl Mankato, Minn. N.Y. Giants (NFL)

2007 Justin Frick Yankton, S.D. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL)

2007 Kyle Steffes Dickinson, N.D. N.Y. Jets (NFL)

2006 AJ Cooper Phoenix, Ariz. Green Bay (NFL)

2006 Allen Burrell Denver, Colo. Ottawa (CFL)

2005 Rob Hunt (5th) Cavalier, N.D. Indianapolis (NFL)

2005 Isaac Snell Pipestone, Minn. N.Y. Jets (NFL)

2004 Mike Sheppard Brown Deer, Wis. Tampa Bay (NFL)

2004 Rod Malone St. Paul, Minn. Seattle (NFL)

2002 Chuck Klabo Mayville, N.D. Cleveland (NFL)

2002 Leif Murphy Spring Lake Park, Minn. Ottawa (CFL)

2001 Lamar Gordon (3rd) Milwaukee, Wis. St. Louis (NFL)

2001 Pete Campion (7th) Fergus Falls, Minn. Carolina (NFL)

2001 Richard Lewis St. Paul, Minn. Green Bay (NFL)

2001 Jared Peck Bloomington, Minn. Denver (NFL)

2001 Andrew LeClair Mayville, N.D. New Orleans (NFL)

2000 Ryan Johnson Wayzata, Minn. Calgary (CFL)

1998 Jake Morris Elk Mound, Wis. Detroit (NFL)

1995 Joe Toth Forest Lake, Minn. Saskatchewan (CFL)

1991 Todd Wash New Town, N.D. Houston (NFL)

1990 Phil Hansen (2nd) Oakes, N.D. Buffalo (NFL)

1990 Tony Satter Fargo, N.D. N.Y. Giants (NFL)

1988 Doug Lloyd (6th) Beaver Dam, Wis. L.A. Raiders (NFL)

1988 Darryl Illikainen Duluth, Minn. Houston (NFL)

1987 Flint Fleming Madison, Wis. Atlanta (NFL)

1986 Jeff Bentrim Andover, Minn. Saskatchewan (CFL)

1986 Jim Dick Roseville, Minn. Saskatchewan (CFL)

1986 Chad Stark (12th) Brookings, S.D. N.Y. Giants (NFL)

1986 Tyrone Braxton (12th) Madison, Wis. Denver (NFL)

1986 Chris Servais LaCrosse, Wis. N.Y. Giants (NFL)

1986 Scott Schutt Sauk City, Wis. New England (NFL)

1986 Dana Muehlauser Sandstone, Minn. Dallas (NFL)

1984 Stacy Robinson (2nd) St. Paul, Minn. N.Y.Giants (NFL)

1984 Mike Carmody Pipestone, Minn. Dallas (NFL)

1983 Mike Whetstone Minnesota City, Minn. Denver (NFL)

1983 Paul Olson Red Wing, Minn. Dallas (NFL)

1983 Tom Shockman LaMoure, N.D. N.Y. Giants (NFL)

1983 Barry Sorensen Brainerd, Minn. Kansas City (NFL)

1983 Dave Piepkorn (5th) Fargo, N.D. Cleveland (NFL)

1983 Mike Stratton Stillwater, Minn. Minnesota (NFL)

1981 Wayne Schluchter St. Cloud, Minn. Minnesota (NFL)

1981 Todd Lecy Granite Falls, Minn. Dallas (NFL)

1981 Robert Blakley St. Paul, Minn. Kansas City (NFL)

1980 Kevin Donnalley (7th) Red Wing, Minn. St. Louis (NFL)

1979 Pat McBride Ottawa, Canada Ottawa (Canada)

1979 Lane Brettingen Minnetonka, Minn. New Orleans (NFL)

1978 Mike McTague (1st) Toronto, Ontario Calgary (Canada)

1978 Gordy Sprattler (9th) Fargo, N.D. N.Y. Giants (NFL)

1978 Perry Kozlowski Pipestone, Minn. Minnesota (NFL)

1976 Chuck Rodgers (11th) Minot, N.D. Tampa Bay (NFL)

1976 Tim Jeske Jamestown, N.D. Winnipeg (Canada)

1976 J.P. Brescacin Windsor, Ontario Edmonton (Canada)

1974 Bruce Reimer (9th) Bloomington, Minn. Pittsburgh (NFL)

1974 Jerry Dahl (12th) DeGraff, Minn. San Diego (NFL)

1973 Steve Nelson (2nd) Anoka, Minn. New England (NFL)

1973 Sanford Qvale (16th) Ray, N.D. Buffalo (NFL)

1973 Mike Puestow (10th) Okauchee, N.D. Cleveland (NFL)

1972 Mike Evenson (15th) Minot, N.D. New Orleans (NFL)

1972 Bob Erickson (17th) Cook, Minn. San Francisco (NFL)

1972 Pete Lana Fargo, N.D. Minnesota (NFL)

1971 Ralph Wirtz (8th) Coon Rapids, Minn. Chicago (NFL)


Year Athlete (Round) Hometown Team

1970 Joe Cichy Fargo, N.D. Philadelphia (NFL)

1970 Dick Hanson Fargo, N.D. N.Y. Giants (NFL)

1969 Tim Mjos (8th) Brooklyn Center, Minn. Green Bay (NFL)

1969 Joe Roller New England, N.D. Saskatchewan (Canada)

1969 Chuck Wald (14th) Minot, N.D. Atlanta (NFL)

1968 Ron Wick Crookston, Minn. Atlanta (NFL)

1968 Orell Schmitz Williston, N.D. Arkansas (Continental)

1968 Joe Pomykacz Garden City, Mich. Dallas (NFL)

1968 Bruce Nelson Columbia Heights, Minn. Green Bay (NFL)

1968 Del Gehrett Casper, Wyo. Oakland (NFL)

1968 Jim Ferge Schofield, Wis. Baltimore (NFL)

1968 Steve Conley Anaheim, Calif. Ottawa (Canada)

1968 Mike Berdis Joliet, Ill. Miami (NFL)

1967 Ken Rota Minneapolis, Minn. Green Bay (NFL)

1967 Dan Loose New Ulm, Minn. Winnipeg (Canada)

1967 Bob Hunter Antigo, Wis. Winnipeg (Canada)

1966 Walt Odegaard Devils Lake, N.D. Vancouver (Canada)

1965 Bruce Airheart Fargo, N.D. Buffalo (NFL)

1950 Clink McGeary White Bear Lake, Minn. Green Bay (NFL)

1946 Cliff Rothrock Fargo, N.D. Chicago (All-Am.Conf.)

1946 Jerry Mulready Chicago (All-Am. Conf.)

1941 Cecil Sturgeon Fargo, N.D. Philadelphia (NFL)

1939 Ernie Wheeler Fargo, N.D. Pittsburgh (NFL)

1936 Lyle Sturgeon Carnduff, Canada Green Bay (NFL)

1934 Fritz Hanson Perham, Minn. Winnipeg (Canada)

1934 Bub Marquardt Winnipeg (Canada)

1934 Herb Peschel Winnipeg (Canada)


�Twenty-three North Dakota State student-athletes

have been drafted by National Football League (NFL)

or Canadian Football League (CFL) teams, while 88

have signed professional contracts.

�Mike McTague was selected in the first round by the

Calgary Stampeders of the Candian Football League.

Three Bison players have been selected in the second

round: 1990 Phil Hansen (Buffalo Bills), 1984 Stacy

Robinson (New York Giants) and 1973 Steve Nelson

(New England Patriots).

�The 1968 North Dakota State team, with eight players

signing professional football contracts, produced

more pros than any other Bison team. The 1986

senior class ranks second with seven players moving

into the pro ranks.

2006 Great West Champions ��� ���



Claudie Miller

Fargo, N.D.



North Dakota State's fi rst All-American as

selected by Bill Evans All-Western Honor Roll.

Twice named honorable mention All-American

prior to 1926, he led NDSU to its fi rst

NCC championship in 1925. Lettered four years in football,

basketball, and track and was all-conference in both football

and basketball. Conferred the honorary title of "Chief Sieze the

Bear" by the Mandan Sioux Indian Tribe in 1926. He went on to

a career in coaching and school administration in North Dakota,

Minnesota, and California.

#46 Roman Meyers

Milford, Iowa



Standout lineman who earned Associated

Press honors in 1932 (fi rst team) and 1933

(honorable mention). Team captain in 1933

when he moved from end to tackle. Two-time

all-conference selection. He went on to a career as an electric

operating superintendent for Interstate Power Company in Minnesota

and Iowa.

#29 Fritz Hanson

Perham, Minn.



Associated Press All-American as an honorable

mention in 1933 before making fi rst

team honors a year later, he was a two-time

all-conference player and helped NDSU to

a conference title in 1932. Called the "Blonde Ghost of Claudie

Miller," he still holds the record for the longest punt return (98

yards vs. Oklahoma City). He played professional football in

Canada where he appeared in eight Grey Cup (championship)

games with Winnipeg and Calgary, earning four titles. His 300yard

performance in the 1935 Grey Cup is one of the greatest

performances in CFL history. One of the fi rst great imports, he

was named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. After football,

he had a career as a general agent in the insurance fi eld.

#41 Ernie Wheeler

Fargo, N.D.



A three-time all-conference selection, he

was named to the Collier's Magazine Little

All-American fi rst team. Played in the fi rst

annual North-South All-Star game in Alabama

in 1938. He also competed in basketball and track. Played

professional football with the old Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago

Cardinals. He had a career as a school teach at Benson,

Minnesota. He died in 1982.

#17 Cliff Rothrock

Fargo, N.D.



Team captain and two-time all-conference selection,

he was a fi rst team Associated Press

All-American selection. Served for a time

on the Bison coaching staff and guided the

1956 NDSU baseball team to a second-place

fi nish in the NCAA regional, one win shy of the College World

Series in Omaha, NE. A Blue Key member, he had a career in

public school administration including director of youth services

in Anaheim, California.

#30 Curt Quenette

West Fargo, N.D.



Two-time fi rst team all-conference selection,

he was named to the Williamson All-American

team his senior year after being tabbed

as the most valuable player in the NCC. He

had a career in the Army Security Agency

including two tours in Vietnam where he was awarded the Purple

Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, three Air medals, and

the Bronze Star.


#70 Walt Odegaard

Devils Lake, N.D.

Defensive Tackle


Called the best middle guard ever produced

by the North Central Conference, Odegaard

was named to the fi rst team Associated

Press All-American team and was an honorable

mention selection in 1965 when the Bison won the national

championship. A two-time all-conference selection, he played

two years in Canada with the British Columbia Lions.

#50 Jim Ferge

Schofi eld, Wis.



The fi rst two-time fi rst team All-American in

NDSU history. Named to the Kodak American

Coaches Association team in 1967 and

the Associated Press in 1968. Devastating

tackler who was also a two-time all-conference player including

the Most Valuable Defensive lineman in the NCC in 1968 as the

Bison won their second national football championship.

#20 Paul Hatchett

Minneapolis, Minn.



Cornerstone to the Bison running attack that

spearheaded two national football championship

seasons, he was named twice to the fi rst

team Associated Press All-American squad.

Set school rushing and scoring records and

his 1,213 yards rushing in 1968 is still a school record. Finished

his career with 12 100-yard plus performances and 2,309 yards

in 35 regular season games. Two-time All-NCC as well.

Season G Att. Yds. Avg. TD

1967 9 46 288 6.3 4

1968 9 190 1213 6.4 17

1969 9 151 808 5.3 14

Career 27 387 2309 6.0 35

# 2 Joe Cichy

Fargo, N.D.



Earned Kodak American Coaches Association

fi rst team honors in 1969 and Associated

Press honors in 1970 as a safety after

serving in the backup quarterback role as

a sophomore. His 53 unassisted tackles in

1969 is still a school single season record. Inducted into the

National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame

in 1997.


1969 53 34 87 1 14 2

1970 31 52 83 2 12 1

Career 84 86 170 3 26 3

# 90 Jerry Dahl

DeGraff, Minn.

Defensive End


The greatest quarterback rusher in NDSU

history. He collared opposing quarterbacks

a school record 31 times in 1974 and was

rewarded with fi rst team Associated Press

honors. A two-time All-North Central Conference

selection, he holds the career sack record at NDSU with

41 and single game mark of seven against SDSU in 1974. He

currently farms in southeastern North Dakota.

Season G AT UT TT FR PBU Sacks

1973 10 20 73 93 4 0 10

1974 11 41 78 119 3 14 31

Career 21 61 151 212 7 14 41

#52 Rick Budde

Richfi eld, Minn.



The fi rst player in NDSU history to be named

to two All-American fi rst team squads in a

season when he was picked for both the

Associated Press and Kodak American

Football Coaches Association clubs as a

senior. Co-captained the '76 Bison into the semifi nals of the

NCAA Division II playoffs. Two-time All-NCC selection and most

valuable defensive back in the NCC in 1976, he set numerous

school defensive records and still holds NDSU defensive marks

for career tackles (398), career defensive points (2304), and

single game penetrations (7).


1974 11 32 118 150 2 1 1

1975 9 35 112 147 0 6 2

1976 10 19 82 101 1 5 5

Career 30 86 312 398 3 12 8

#58 Lew Curry

Edina, Minn.



One of the major links in a long line of

outstanding offensive centers at NDSU.

Transferred from two seasons in Notre

Dame's hockey program and stepped in for

two seasons as a starter on the gridiron at NDSU. Honorable

mention All-American as a junior when he earned all-conference

and most valuable offensive lineman honors. Passed over for

all-conference honors as a senior but was named to fi rst team

Kodak American Football Coaches Association and third team

Associated Press honors. Moved on to become offensive line

coach at NDSU in the national championship seasons of 1985

and 1986 and as an assistant coach at Montana State.

#11 Wayne Schluchter

St. Cloud, Minn.

Strong Safety


Three-year starter in the defensive backfi eld

for the Bison, two at free safety and one at

strong safety. Earned both Kodak American

Football Coaches Association and Associated

Press fi rst team honors as a senior. His 13

career interceptions ranks him 3rd on the all-time NDSU list.

Twice named most valuable defensive back in the North Central

Conference and helped the Herd to the national championship

game in 1981.


1978 5 1 0 1 0 0 0

1979 10 20 39 59 5 2 3

1980 10 28 53 81 0 7 3

1981 10 13 54 67 1 8 7

Career 35 62 146 208 6 17 13

#62 Cliff Carmody

Pipestone, Minn.

Offensive Guard


Three-year starter for the Bison in the offensive

line, earning both all-conference and fi rst

team Associated Press honors as a senior.

As a starter in the Bison offensive line, NDSU

won three NCC rushing championships and

never fi nished lower than 4th in the national rushing charts.

#46Steve Garske

Richfi eld, Minn.

Inside Linebacker


Associated Press fi rst team selection and the

most valuable defensive back in the North

Central Conference as a junior when he had

a spectacular season but he missed most of

his senior season with an injury.


1980 10 2 6 8 0 0 1

1981 10 3 12 15 1 2 0

1982 9 25 91 116 0 1 2

1983 4 7 40 47 0 2 0

Career 33 37 149 186 1 5 3

#73 Mike Whetstone

Minnesota City, Minn.

Offensive Guard


Three-year starter for the Bison and fi rst

team All-American selection by both the

Associated Press and Kodak American

Football Coaches Association his senior year.

All-conference offensive tackle as a junior and guard as a senior.

Devastating blocker who passed away from cancer just after the

1988 national championship game but fi rst delivered an emotional

message to that squad from his death bed (see Page 115).


#64 Greg Hagfors

Columbia Heights, Minn.



Smart, crisp blocker who started for three

seasons for the Herd including NCAA title

games in both 1983 and 1984. Cornerstone

of an offensive line that paved the way for the

top rushing team in the nation in 1984. All-conference performer

that year when he was named the most valuable offensive


#48 Jim Dick

Roseville, Minn.

Inside Linebacker


Named first team All-American as a junior by

the Football News and as a senior by both

the Football News and the Associated Press.

Also tabbed 2nd team AP All-American in 1985. The heart-andsoul

of the Bison defense that helped carry the Herd to national

titles in 1983, 1985, and 1986. Started in all three of those

seasons and the first two games of '84 before an ankle injury

forced him out for the remainder of that campaign. Twice named

the most valuable defensive back in the NCC in both '85 and '86.

His 326 assisted career stops is a school record as are his 136

assisted tackles during the 1985 season. He holds the school

mark for single season total tackles with his 167 stops in 1985

and is second in career tackles at 391. He went on to a short

stint with the Minnesota Vikings during the strike season in 1987.


1982 11 4 15 19 0 1 0

1983 10 11 67 78 1 1 0

1984 2 4 15 19 0 0 0

1985 11 31 136 167 0 3 3

1986 10 15 93 108 2 2 2

Career 44 65 326 391 3 7 5

#72 Ted Hall

Montevideo, Minn.

Offensive Guard


First team Football News and second team

Associated Press All-American selection as

a senior. Two-year starter for the Bison after

transferring to NDSU from South Dakota.

Two-time All-NCC and most valuable offensive

lineman in the league as a senior.

Started in two national title games.

#1 Jeff Bentrim

Andover, Minn.



The first Bison quarterback ever to be named

to the first team All-American squad and the

first to be picked by three different sources-

-The Football News, the Associated Press,

and the Kodak American Football Coaches

Association. Guided the Herd to four straight NCAA championship

game appearances and three titles. The all-time leading

rusher, total offense performer, and scorer in NDSU history

when he left. He won three straight NCAA scoring crowns, the

only player in history--all divisions--to accomplish that feat and

he broke Walter Payton's NCAA career rushing TD record of 63

by one. All-conference and most valuable player in the NCC

as a senior and the first winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy as the

nation's best Division II football player. Went on to play professional

football in the Canadian Football League where he helped

the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the Grey Cup championship

in 1989. Inducted into the National Football Foundation's College

Football Hall of Fame in 1998.

Rushing G Att. Yds. Avg. TD

1983 8 152 520 3.4 9

1984 9 157 969 6.3 14

1985 8 139 785 4.6 18

1986 10 155 651 4.2 23

Career 35 603 2945 4.9 64

Passing G Cmp. Att. INT Yds Pct. TD

1983 8 45 81 5 810 .556 2

1984 9 61 116 5 862 .526 10

1985 8 48 92 5 732 .522 3

1986 10 53 115 2 996 .461 9

Career 35 207 404 17 3400 .512 24

#94 Paul Nielsen

Fridley, Minn.

Nose Guard


Three-year starter for the Bison, anchoring a

defense that helped the Herd to three straight

title games including national championships

in 1985 and 1986. First team Football News

and second team Associated Press All-American as a senior.

Quick and strong, his 30 penetrations (tackles for loss excluding

sacks) are 3rd in career history.

Season G UT AT TT FR PBU Sks Pen

1983 10 1 1 2 0 0 0 0

1984 10 24 48 72 2 8 6 7

1985 11 17 74 91 0 8 6 9

1986 10 14 63 77 1 8 5 14

Career 41 56 186 242 3 24 17 30

#57 Mike Favor

Minneapolis, Minn.



Four-year starter and key member of the

offensive line that helped the Bison win three

national championships during his stay. He

was a two-time All-American, named by the

Associated Press and Football News as a

junior and by both the Football Gazette and the AP as a senior.

Outstanding blocker who was also a two-time all-conference

selection and the most valuable offensive lineman in the NCC

in 1988.

#60 Matt Tracy

Superior, Wis.

Offensive Guard


Three-year starter and first team All-American

by both the Football Gazette and the

Associated Press as a senior. Starter on two

national championship teams. Helped the

Herd ground game to two seconds and a national rushing title

in 1988.

#58 Yorrick Byers

Minneapolis, Minn.

Inside Linebacker


Two-year starter and first team All-American

selection his senior year by both the Associated

Press and the Football Gazette. Farand-away

the defensive leader on the 1988

national championship team where he was an all-conference

performer as well.


1985 10 0 7 7 0 0 1

1986 10 5 16 21 0 1 0

1987 10 12 97 109 0 2 1

1988 10 23 99 122 0 6 0

Career 40 40 219 259 0 9 2

#93 Paul Lenz

Hutchinson, Minn.

Nose Guard


Two-year starter and first team All-American

selection by the Football Gazette as a senior.

Most valuable defensive lineman in the North

Central Conference in 1988. Very strong

and quick.

Season G UT AT TT FR PBU Sks Pen

1985 11 0 9 9 0 1 0 0

1986 8 2 8 10 0 4 1 2

1987 9 11 42 53 1 4 4 9

1988 10 15 46 61 0 2 5 5

Career 38 28 105 133 1 11 10 16

#26 Tony Satter

Fargo, N.D.

Running Back/

Return Specialist


The most explosive runner in

North Dakota State history. Named to first

team All-American honors by the Football

Gazette both as a junior and a senior. Finished as the second

leading rusher in school history with 3,212 regular season yards

and tallied another 1,296 yards in 10 playoff appearances. His

21 100-yard plus games is a school mark and his total of 4,900

all-purpose yards is the best in school history. Ran for 1,907 allpurpose

yards in 1989 in just 175 attempts to post an incredible


10.9 yards every time he touched the ball. Finished his career

with an average of 9.96 ypc in all-purpose for another school

mark. His 1,014 yards in 1990 was the 5th best single season

rushing effort in school history at that time.

Rushing G Att. Yds. Avg. TD

1987 10 88 601 6.8 2

1988 9 79 696 8.8 11

1989 10 130 901 6.9 8

1990 9 133 1014 7.6 10

Career 38 430 3212 7.5 31

KO Ret. No. Yds. Avg. TD

1987 3 25 12.5 0

1988 11 255 23.2 1

1989 24 751 31.3 0

1990 8 198 24.8 1

Career 46 1229 26.7 2

Punt Ret. No. Yds. Avg. TD

1987 0 0 0.0 0

1988 2 48 24.0 0

1989 16 184 11.5 1

1990 4 69 17.3 1

Career 22 301 13.7 2

#90 Phil Hansen

Oakes, N.D.

Defensive Tackle


Anchor of the Bison defense for three seasons

and a two-time first team All-American.

Named to the Kodak American Football

Coaches Association, the Associated Press, and the Football

Gazette first team All-American squads in 1990 after earning

that tag in '89 as a junior on the Football Gazette team. Tied

a school record for career QB sacks with 41 and set a school

career mark with 32 pass breakups. Second round draft pick of

the Buffalo Bills in the 1991 draft and earned All-Rookie honors

in the NFL.

Season G UT AT TT FR PBU Sks Pen

1987 10 6 20 26 1 1 5 1

1988 10 18 37 55 0 9 8 4

1989 10 28 61 89 1 15 16 5

1990 10 28 50 86 0 7 12 8

Career 40 80 168 248 2 32 41 18

#10 Chris Simdorn

Minneapolis, Minn.



Winner of the Harlon Hill Trophy in 1990 as

the nation's best football player, this threeyear

starter led the Bison to a pair of national

football championships. Named first team

All-American by both the Associated Press and the Football

Gazette his senior year. The all-time leading rusher in NDSU

history when he graduated and only the third quarterback in the

history of college football--all divisions--to run for over 3,000

yards. The first player in NDSU history to run for over 1,000

yards in two consecutive seasons. North Central Conference's

most valuable player in 1990.

Rushing G Att. Yds. Avg. TD

1987 7 84 359 4.3 5

1988 9 176 1129 6.4 18

1989 8 187 1049 5.6 13

1990 9 143 776 5.4 17

Career 33 599 3313 5.5 53

Passing G Cmp. Att. INT Yds Pct. TD

1987 7 9 25 1 163 .360 4

1988 9 34 50 3 480 .680 4

1989 8 31 52 3 425 .596 2

1990 9 41 73 2 821 .562 9

Career 33 115 200 9 1889 .575 17

#7 Ken Clark

Bismarck, N.D.

Free Safety


The first defensive back in school history to

lead the team in tackles, he did it both his

junior and senior years. Named first team

All-American by the Football Gazette as a

senior, he was an all-conference pick. Twoyear

starter who was the quarterback of the Bison defense that

won the 1990 national crown.


1987 10 7 16 23 0 3 1

1988 10 11 34 45 0 6 0

1989 10 29 105 134 1 0 0

1990 9 16 59 75 0 2 3

Career 39 63 214 277 1 11 4

2006 Great West Champions ��� ���



#51 Shawn Stewart

Hallock, Minn.

Nose Guard


Hard-nosed performer who anchored the

middle of the Bison defensive line for three

straight seasons. Named fi rst team All-

American by the Football Gazette as a senior

after he was an all-conference pick.

Season G UT AT TT FR PBU Sks Pen

1989 10 0 4 4 0 0 0 0

1990 10 11 29 40 2 4 1 5

1991 9 12 44 56 0 3 2 5

1992 10 16 39 55 0 3 4 9

Career 39 39 116 155 2 10 7 19

#64 Scott Fuchs

Minot, N.D.

Offensive Guard


First team Kodak All-American Coaches Association

selection as a senior. Finished his

career with 26 consecutive starts in the offensive

line since moving into the lineup midway

through his sophomore season. NDSU

won three straight NCC rushing crowns behind his blocking.

#40 T.R. McDonald

New Brighton, Minn.

Split End


The greatest receiver in North Dakota State

history and one of the top in North Central

Conference annals, he was named to a pair

of fi rst team All-American squads as a senior-

-The Football Gazette and the CoSIDA NCAA

Division II teams. As a matter of fact, he is the only receiver in

NDSU history to earn fi rst team All-American honors. Set school

records (*) in all season and career receiving categories and

set NCC marks for single game (4) and single season (11) TD

receptions his senior year.

Receiving G No. Yds. Avg. TD

1990 10 9 177 19.7 2

1991 9 23 585 24.5 5

1992 10 33 601 18.2 4

1993 10 69* 1181* 17.1 11*

Career 39 134* 2524* 18.8 22*

Rushing G Att. Yds. Avg. TD

1990 10 0 0 0.0 0

1991 9 0 0 0.0 0

1992 10 3 90 30.0 1

1993 10 7 49 7.0 2

Career 39 10 139 13.9 3

#70 Brad Servais

Coon Valley, Minn.



First team All-American on three different

squads as a senior--the American Football

Coaches Association (formerly Kodak), The

Football Gazette, and C.M. Frank's Small

College. Finished his career as a four-year

starter for the Bison, starting 45 of 47 games from 1992 to 1995.

The fi fth Bison center to earn this honor.

#46 Sean Fredricks

Jamestown, N.D.

Inside Linebacker


Named fi rst team All-American by three

major sources as a senior--the Associated

Press, Daktronics NCAA Division II, and The

Football Gazette--after being named second

team All-American in 1996 as a junior by two

sources. Also named all-NCC and the league's outstanding linebacker

in '97. Three-year starter, he fi nished his career ranked

third in both assisted tackles and total tackles.


1994 10 9 16 25 0 0 0

1995 11 21 69 90 0 2 0

1996 10 25 95 120 0 1 0

1997 11 29 84 128 2 5 3

Career 42 84 264 363 2 8 3


#80 Tim Strehlow

Schofi eld, Wis.

Wide Receiver/All-Purpose


Named to the fi rst team All-America squad

as an all-purpose player as a senior by

two sources--Daktronics NCAA Division II

All-American team and The Football Gazette

Divsion II All-American team. Outstanding wide receiver who

was second in career receptions (121) and career receiving

yards (2,341) and set the career record for TD catches (26).

He caught at least one pass in each of his fi nal 26 games.

Averaged a school record 20.1 yards per attempt in all-purpose

running as a senior and his 17.5 ypa for his career is second in

school history. He holds school marks for career punt returns

(58) and punt return yards (603)

Receiving G No. Yds. Avg. TD

1996 10 15 331 22.1 3

1997 11 32 585 18.3 8

1998 11 37 597 16.1 6

1999 11 37 828 22.4 9

Career 43 121 2341 19.3 26

KO Ret. No. Yds. Avg. TD

1996 0 0 0.0 0

1997 5 128 25.6 0

1998 5 83 16.6 0

1999 14 395 28.2 1

Career 24 606 25.3 1

Punt Ret. No. Yds. Avg. TD

1996 0 0 0.0 0

1997 25 229 9.2 0

1998 8 68 8.5 0

1999 25 306 12.2 2

Career 58 603 10.4 2

All-Purp. No. Yds. Avg. TD

1996 15 331 22.1 3

1997 62 942 15.2 8

1998 50 748 15.0 6

1999 76 1529 20.1 12

Career 203 3550 17.5 29

#58 Jared Maher

Bismarck, N.D.

Inside Linebacker


Three-year starter and fi rst team All-

American selection his senior year by The

Football Gazette. Named to second team

All-American honors on three other units in

2000. Two-time All-North Central Conference player. Led the

team in tackles in each of his last two seasons.


1997 11 3 4 7 0 0 0

1998 10 13 52 65 0 0 0

1999 11 25 53 78 1 2 1

2000 11 32 30 62 1 4 0

Career 43 73 139 212 2 6 1

#28 Lamar Gordon

Milwaukee, Wis.

Running Back


Concensus fi rst team All-American his junior

year in 2000 by the Associated Press, The

Football Gazette, American Football Coaches

Association, Daktronics NCAA Division II,

and after earning second

team All-American as a sophomore...One of three fi nalists for

the Harlon Hill Award as the nation's best player in 2000...Set

school records for game, season, and career rushing including

260 yards against USD, 1727 yards in 2000, and 4700 career

yards...His 64 total TDs and 62 rushing TDs are both second in

school history.

Rushing G Att. Yds. Avg. TD

1998 11 139 698 5.0 8

1999 11 259 1495 5.8 22

2000 11 256 1727 6.7 22

2001 8 129 780 6.0 10

Career 41 783 4700 6.0 62

Receiving No. Yds. Avg. TD

1998 10 119 11.9 0

1999 15 114 7.6 0

2000 14 163 11.6 1

2001 5 66 13.2 1

Career 44 462 10.5 2

#43 Leif Murphy

Spring Lake Park, Minn.

Outside Linebacker


First team All-American his junior year in

2001 by three different sources--the Associated

Press, The Football Gazette, and

Daktronics NCAA Division II...Named second

team All-American by

Had a dominating junior campaign that included 11 QB sacks

and three penetrations...Named All-North Central Conference

in 2001...Finished his career with 47 tackles for losses including

22 sacks.


1999 11 11 25 36 2 1 1 4 11

2000 10 20 20 40 0 5 0 4 11

2001 10 23 11 34 1 5 1 11 3

2002 8 14 5 19 2 4 0 3 0

Career 39 68 61 129 5 15 2 22 25

*Excluding QB sacks

#1 Richard Lewis

St. Paul, Minn.

Kick Returner


First team All-American his senior year in

2001 by The Football Gazette after landing

on that publication's third team squad as a

junior in 2000...First team All-North Central Conference both

seasons after transferring from the JC ranks...Scored six special

teams TDs over his career including fi ve on punt returns and

threw for a TD pass as a senior in his only attempt...Set the

school record for career punt return yards (757) and was second

on the career charts in both punt return average (14.3) and allpurpose

average (17.6).

Receiving G No. Yds. Avg. TD

2000 11 9 258 28.7 1

2001 9 21 347 16.5 1

Career 20 30 605 20.2 2

KO Ret. No. Yds. Avg. TD

2000 13 272 20.9 0

2001 12 301 25.1 1

Career 25 573 22.9 1

Punt Ret. No. Yds. Avg. TD

2000 27 428 15.9 4

2001 26 329 12.8 1

Career 53 757 14.3 5

All-Purp. No. Yds. Avg. TD

2000 50 954 19.1 4

2001 60 981 16.4 2

Career 110 1935 17.6 6

#89 Mike Wieser

LaCrescent, Minn.

Tight End


First team All-American his senior year in

2003 by The College Sports Report...First

team All-North Central Conference

and second team All-American by two other sources (Daktronics

NCAA Division II and 34 passes for

395 yards and four TDs including a game winning grab in the

25-24 win over Montana in 2003...In addition, he was selected

as one of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholars by the Black Issues

in Higher Education magazine in 2003 for his outstanding

academic excellence, community activism, and athletic ability.

Receiving G No. Yds. Avg. TD

2001 5 1 22 22.0 0

2002 10 27 265 9.8 1

2003 11 34 395 11.6 4

Career 26 62 682 11.0 5

#53 Rob Hunt

Cavalier, N.D.



First team NCAA Division I-AA All-American

his senior year in 2004 by The Football Gazette...Recipient

of the NCAA Division I-AA

Dave Rimington Award ...Played in the 2005 Hula Bowl... 2004

Great West Football Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year

by media...The Football Gazette All-West Region fi rst team...

All-Great West Football Conference fi rst team by coaches and

media...Completed the 2004 season with a string of 42 consecutive

starts, despite wearing a cast on his snapping hand in 2003,

and became the NDSU player since All-American center Mike

Favor (1985-88) to start each game in their career.

#88 Mike Dragosavovich

Oak Lawn, Ill.



First team All-American as a sophomore

in 2005 by The College Sports

Report (see page 32 for full bio).


#78 Jake Erickson

Brooklyn Park, Minn.

Offensive Guard


First team NCAA Division I FCS All-American

his senior year on the 2006 Football Gazette

All-America team...Worked his way into starting

lineup his senior year for the league champion

and 10-1 Bison...Protected quarterback Steve

Walker and opened holes for 1,000-yard rusher Kyle Steffes...

Named to Football Gazette’s All-Northwest Region first team and

all-GWFC first team by the media.

#77 Nate Safe

Cannon Falls, Minn.

Offensive Guard


First team All-NCAA Division I FCS his junior year

on the 2006 Dopke

squad... Earned second team All-America honors

from Associated Press, The Sports Network and

The Football Gazette...First team Football Gazette All-Northwest

Region in 2006...Started 22 games in a row over the 2005 and

2006 seasons and played in all 33 games overall during career...

Two-time All-GWFC first team selection by the coaches as a

sophomore and junior...Provided protection for quarterback

Steve Walker and opened holes for 1,000-yard rusher Kyle Steffes.

(see full bio on page 47)

Second Team

1965 Ken Rota# HB

1967 Dan Loose++ S

1969 Steve Krumrei# DB

1970 Dan Green# OT

1971 Tomm Smail+++ LB

1972 Steve Nelson# LB

Tomm Smail LB

1973 Steve Nelson# LB

Jon Hanson OG

1977 Jerry Rosburg# LB

1978 Perry Kozlowski# FS

1983 Mike Stratton# MG

Doug Hushka# CB

1985 Ted Hall# OG

Jim Dick# LB

1986 Tom Smith# OT

Paul Nielsen# MG

Chad Stark* RB

Rick Riemer* OG

1987 Ken Muckenhirn* DT

1988 Charlie Stock** OLB

1992 Kevin Bloom**% OG

Shawn Stewart% NG

1993 Kevin Bloom%** OG

Scott Fuchs%% SE

1995 Brad Servias%%% C

Isreal Moses%%**% SS

1996 Sean Fredricks**%% ILB

1997 Jake Morris** RB

1999 Tim Strehlow# WR

Lamar Gordon** RB

2000 Chuck Klabo**@ OT

Jared Maher#@%% ILB

Jared Peck@ TE

2001 Leif Murphy@ OLB

Jared Peck**%% TE

2003 Mike Wieser%%@ TE

2005 Mike Dragosavich#** P

Justin Frick** DT

2006 Nate Safe**#$ OT

Mike Dragosavich$** P

Justin Frick**&! DT

# Associated Press

## Litery Digest

++ American Football

Coaches Association

+++ Kodak

* Football News

** Football Gazette

% C.M. Frank

%% Daktronics/NCAA-II



$ The Sports Network

! College Sporting News


Third Team

1972 Mike Evenson# C

1973 Keith Krebsbach# DB

1977 Lew Curry# C

1980 Mark Speral# QB

1984 Stacy Robinson# WR

1988 Doug Lloyd** RB

1991 Dave Marion** OT

1992 Arden Beachy% QB

1993 T.R. McDonald%# SE

Scott Fuchs**%% OG

1994 Brad Servais%%**% C

Joe Toth** OLB

1995 Doug Van Meter OG


Gunar Gossard** OLB

1996 Evan Kooiker** OT

1999 Aaron Pederson** K

2000 Aaron Pederson** K

Richard Lewis** KR

2001 Aaron Pederson** P

2005 Tim Popowski** OT

2006 Justin Frick$ DT



1924 Claudie Miller## HB

1925 Claudie Miller## HB

1933 Roman Meyers# T

Fritz Hanson# HB

1937 Ernie Wheeler# HB

1946 Cliff Rothrock# C

1954 Glenn Hill# E

1963 Ron Hanson# E

1965 Ardell Wiegandt# LB

Walt Odegaard# DT

1966 Ken Rota# HB

1967 Ken Rota# HB

Mike Ahneman# LB

1968 Del Gehrett# S

1969 Joe Cichy# DB

Bruce Grasamke# QB

Bob Hyland# OG

Tim Mjos# HB

Marv Mortenson# OT

Chuck Wald# SE

1970 Mike Bentson# QB

Gary Leuer# DE

Paul Bothof# DT

Dennis Preboski# FB

Lyle Anderson# G

1971 Mike Bentson# QB

Tomm Smail+++# LB

Tom Varichak# HB

Bob Erickson# OT

1976 Jerry Rosburg# LB

Tim Jeske# DT

Lew Curry# C

1977 Jon Walter# OT

Curt Mosher# OG

Don Hutson# LB

1978 Dirk Kroeze# MG

Gordy Sprattler# RB

Mike McTague# WR

1979 Dirk Kroeze# DT

1980 Mark Speral# QB

1981 Mike Kasowski# RB

Todd Lecy# LB

Howard Holmen# OC

1982 Mark Nellermoe# QB

Mike Stratton# MG

1986 Chad Stark# RB

Dana Muehlhauser# DT

1987 Ken Muckenhirn# DT

1988 Paul Lenz# MG

Charlie Stock# OLB

Doug Lloyd# RB

Len Kretchman#** SE

1992 T.R. McDonald** SE

Arden Beachy** QB

1993 Scott Fuchs% OG

Steve Hansen%** DT

1994 Chad Pundsack**% DE

1995 Doug Van Meter% OG

Gunar Gossard% OLB

Reggie Scott** RB

Tim Jacobsen** CB

1997 Luke Samuel** OG

1998 Kevin Feeney** QB

Ben Ahneman** ILB

1999 Trent Houmann** OT

Ronnie Steffen** DT

2001 Jared Peck@ TE

Lamar Gordon**@ TB

Chuck Klabo** OT

2004 Tim Popowski& OT

2005 AJ Cooper** TE

2006 Craig Dahl** SS

Kyle Steffes** HB

2006 Great West Champions ��� ���



NDSU All-Conference Selections (First Team Only)

North Central Conference


1922 M. Ravine Latimer, C

1923 Ben Rumpeltes,T

1925 Claudie Miller, HB

1926 Claudie Miller, HB

1929 Pete Gernen, E

1932 Merlyn Jahr, G

Roman Meyers, E

1933 James Thompson, C

Leonard House, G

Roman Meyers, T

Charles (Acey) Olson, E

Bud Marquardt, E

Fritz Hanson, HB

1934 Fritz Hanson, HB

Herb Peschel, T

1935 Greg Sloan, E

Sam Westgate, E

Don Bettschen, G

Neville Reiners, QB

Earl Schranz, HB

Bob Erickson, FB

Stan Maynard, C

Lyle Sturgeon, T

Sam Dobervich, T


1947 Sid Cichy, T

1948 Ted Barnick, C

1949 Dom Gentile, E

Clink McGeary, C

1950 John Richards, G

1951 Ben Noland, B

1952 Chuck Thurm,E

Frank Esposito, QB

Bob Lauf,T

Ben Noland, B

1953 Glenn Hill, E

Frank Esposito, QB

Bob Lauf, T

1954 Glenn Hill, E

Pat Vickers, C

Emil Zuger, G

1955 Glenn Hill,E

1956 John Campagna, E

Roger Gebhart, G

Dick Tschider, C

1957 Dick Tschider, C

1958 Curt Quenette, FB

Don Remillong, G

1959 Curt Quenette, FB

Don Remillong, G

1961 John Staples, HB

Phil Hansen--League Defensive MVP in 1989 and 1990

1936 Lyle Sturgeon, T

Bob Erickson, HB

1937 Ernie Wheeler, HB

Elmer Holt, G

Chuck Pollack, T

1938 Ernie Wheeler, HB

Elmer Holt, G

Cecil Schrank,T

1939 Cecil Schrank, T

Cecil Sturgeon, B

1940 Don Johnston, QB

1942 Cliff Rothrock, C

Nick Soulis,E

John Zaic, T

Harry Treglawny, B

1946 Charles Basch, B

Cliff Rothrock, C

Jerry Mulready, B

Nick Soulis,E

Dennis Drews, B

Bill Dietz, T

Bob Yaggie, G

1964 Bill Sturdevant, HB

1965 Lowell Lindeman, E

Gary Benson, T

Ken Rota, HB

Rich Mische, FB

Steve Irgens, DE

Walt Odegaard,DT

Gene Gebhards, MG

Ron Hanson, DB

1966 Andy Knudson,E

Lowell Lindeman, E

Bob Hunter, T

Bob Sciacca, G

Walt Odegaard, DT

Matt Vukelich, DE

Mike Ahneman, LB

Rudy Baranko, S

1967 Jim Ferge, MG

Del Gehrett, S

Mike Ahneman, LB

Bob Hunter, G

John Heller, G

Tim Mjos, HB

Ken Rota, HB

1968 Bruce Nelson, T

Bob Hyland, G

Jim Ferge, DT, MVL

Del Gehrett, S

Paul Hatchett, HB

1969 Paul Hatchett, RB

Bob Hyland, OG, MVL

Bruce Grasamke, QB

Tim Mjos, RB, MVB

Chuck Wald, SE

Al Hoffman, OG

Marv Mortenson, T

Gary Leuer, T

Stu Helgason, LB

Steve Krumrei, DB

1970 Pete Lana, SE

Dan Green, T

Lyle Anderson, OG

Mike Bentson, QB

Dennis Preboski, RB

Gary Leuer, DE

Paul Bothof, DT

Joe Cichy, DB

1971 Mike Bentson, QB

Bob Erickson, OT

Tom Varichak, HB

1972 Pete Lana, SE

Bob Erickson, OT

Rich Henry, RB

Steve Nelson, DE

Tomm Smail, LB

1973 Bruce Reimer, RB

Jerry Dahl, DE

Pat Simmers, DT

Steve Nelson, LB, MVB

Keith Krebsbach, DB

1974 Jerry Dahl, DE, MVL

Gregg Marmesh, DT

Kim Garvey, LB

Nick Cichy, DB, MVB

1975 Gregg Marmesh, DT

Rick Budde, LB

1976 Rick Budde, LB, MVB

Tim Jeske, DT

Lew Curry, C, MVOL

Curt Mosher, OG

Jerry Rosburg, LB

Kevin Krebsbach, DB

1977 Jerry Rosburg, LB,


Jon Walter, OT, MVOL

Curt Mosher,OG

Mark Zelinski, MG

Perry Kozlowski, FS

Jim Baudry, RB

1978 Mike McTague, WR

Ken Ellett, OG

Gordy Sprattler, RB

Dirk Kroeze, MG

Perry Kozlowski, FS

1979 Mark Speral, QB

Dirk Kroeze, DT

Greg Gaughran, SS

1980 Mark Speral, QB

Joel Bladow, OG

Wayne Schluchter,


1981 Howard Holmen, C,


Mike Kasowski, RB

Kevin Peters, RB

Jim Kent, DE

Todd Lecy, LB

Wayne Schluchter,


1982 Cliff Carmody, OG

Mike Whetstone, OT

Mark Nellermoe, QB

Dan Harris, RB

Mike Stratton, MG

Steve Garske, LB,


Tom Shockman, SS

1983 Mike Whetstone, OG

Mike Stratton, MG

Chris Broome, OLB

Lee Monson, ILB

Doug Hushka, CB

Paul Olson, OT

1984 Stacy Robinson, WR

Greg Hagfors, C,


Ted Hall, OG

Lee Monson, ILB,


1985 Ted Hall, OG, MVOL

Paul Nielsen, MG

Jim Dick, ILB,


Tom Van Voorhis, FS

1986 Jeff Bentrim, QB,


Chad Stark, RB

Tom Smith, OT

Rick Riemer, OG

Paul Nielsen, MG

Jim Dick, ILB, MVDB

Tyron Braxton, CB

1987 Mike Favor, C

Charlie Stock,OLB

Ken Muckenhirn, DT

Jim Dick, Defensive MVP in 1985 &


Lew Curry, MVP offensive

lineman, 1976

Linebacker Rick Budde was the Defensive MVP in 1976


Schluchter, NCC

Defensive MVP

in 1980 & 1981


1988 Mike Favor, C, MVOL

Matt Tracy, OG

Len Kretchman, SE

Doug Lloyd, RB

Paul Lenz, MG, MVDL

Charlie Stock, OLB

Yorrick Byers, ILB

1989 Craig Johnson, OT

Chris Simdorn, QB

Tony Satter, RB

Phil Hansen,DT,


1990 Chris Kilen, OG

Dan Goettl, TE

Chris Simdorn, QB

Tony Satter, RB

Phil Hansen, DT,


Todd Wash, OLB

Ken Clark, DB

1991 Dave Marion, OT

Arden Beachy, QB

Pat Pringle, CB

1992 Kevin Bloom, OG

T.R. McDonald, SE

Arden Beachy, QB

Shawn Stewart, NG

1993 Kevin Bloom, OG

T.R. McDonald, SE

Steve Hansen, DT

1994 Brad Servais, C

Chad Pundsack, OLB

1995 Gunar Gossard, OLB

Brad Servais, C

Isreal Moses, SS

1996 Evan Kooiker, OT

Reggie Scott, RB

Mitch Clark, OLB

1997 Luke Samuel, OG

Jake Morris, TB

Sean Fredricks, LB


Mikel Kallenbach, FS

John Torrance, P

1998 Ronnie Steffen, DT

1999 Trent Houmann, OT

Tim Strehlow, WR/KR

Lamar Gordon, RB

Ronnie Steffen, DT

Matt Swanson, CB

Jared Maher, ILB

Aaron Pederson, P

2000 Lamar Gordon, RB

Chuck Klabo, OT

Jared Peck, TE

Jared Maher, ILB

Richard Lewis, KR

2001 Lamar Gordon, RB

Jared Peck, TE

Leif Murphy, DL,


Aaron Pederson, P

Richard Lewis, KR

2002 Paul Keller, OG

Billy Erenberg, SS

2003 John Bonicelli, P

Rod Malone, RB

Mike Sheppard, DB

Travis Ware, DL

Mike Wieser, TE

Great West Football



2004 Rob Hunt, C

Nick Zilka, OL

Tim Popowski, OT

Kyle Steffes, HB

Isaac Snell, NG

Craig Dahl, SS

2005 Tim Popowski, OT

Nate Safe, OT

AJ Cooper, TE

Kyle Steffes, HB

2006 Steve Walker, QB


Nate Safe, OT

Kyle Steffes, HB

Justin Frick, DT

Joe Mays, MLB

Craig Dahl, SS

Mike Dragosavich, P

Lamar Gordon, NDSU’s only three-time first team allconference

performer (1999, 2000, 2001)

Jon Walter, MVP offensive

lineman, 1977



North Dakota State was the ONLY SCHOOL in North Central Conference HISTORY to win

nine conference games in a single league season until Nebraska-Omaha accomplished that feat

in 2000. The Bison accomplished that perfect 9-0 feat three times when the league went to nine

games in 1983--in 1986, 1988, and 1990.

Twenty-one North Dakota State players were named Most Valuable Players in the North

Central Conference since the recognition was started in the late 1960s including three who have

won the award twice. Defensive tackle JIM FERGE was the first in 1968.

RON ERHARDT, in his seven seasons at the helm of the Bison, won six North Central Conference

titles, more than any another coach in North Dakota State history. Rocky Hager, with

five crowns, and Don Morton, with four, are the only other NDSU coaches to win more than two


North Dakota State finished FIRST OR SECOND in the North Central Conference standings

32 times over a 40 year-period. Only third place finishes in 1978, 1993, 1999, and 2001;

a fourth place finish in 1998; a fifth place finish in 1996; a seventh place finish in 1975, and a

ninth place finish in 2002 found the Herd out of the top two spots. Incidentally, the Bison have

won 23 titles in those 40 years.

North Dakota State had 15 people inducted into the North Central Conference HALL OF

FAME and can also claim a 16th in Dr. Richard Koppenhaver. Koppenhaver was the athletic

director at North Dakota State from 1966-68, was an assistant football coach at NDSU prior to

that as well as serving as the athletic director at Minnesota State-Mankato and as NCC commissioner.


Mike Favor, MVP offensive lineman, 1988

Sean Fredricks, MVP linebacker, 1997

2006 Great West Champions ��� ���



North Dakota State Puts Student First

in Student-Athlete Phrase

North Dakota State University has a great tradition of success on

the football fi eld but it also has an outstanding record of success in the

classroom and the community.

The phrase “student-athlete” used by the National Collegiate Athletic

Association (NCAA) takes on a special meaning at North Dakota State.

The student-athlete at NDSU is a student fi rst and required to be in

constant pursuit of his or her degree. Assistant coaches as well as the

academic people are advisors for the student-athlete, seeing to it that his

or her academic pursuits and athletic commitments fi t together.

Those goals and ideals are refl ected in the record. North Dakota

State has been one of the most successful football programs in the nation

over the past four decades, winning 24 conference championships and

eight national championships while compiling an .800 winning percentage.

At the same time, the Bison have produced a Rhodes Scholar, 89

academic All-North Central Conference players, and 13 CoSIDA Academic


Eight Bison have earned the coveted Academic All-Conference

award three times including linebacker Mark Zelinski (1975-76-77),

quarterback Mark Speral (1978-79-80), defensive end Chris Rood (1978-

79-80), runningback Chad Stark (1984-85-86), linebacker Sean Fredricks

(1995-96-97) and strong safety Craig Dahl (2004-05-06). Linebacker

Charlie Stock (1985-86-87-88) and punter Casey Bradley (1985-86-87-88)

became the fi rst four-time selections in league history.

Fourteen All-American awards have been earned by Bison players on

the national academic scene. Both Tomm Smail, a linebacker, and Chris

Rood were two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America® selections.

To be eligible for these awards, a student must carry a 3.0 cumulative

grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) for conference honors and a 3.2-plus

cumulative grade-point average for national honors AND make a signifi -

cant contributuion to his team on the playing fi eld.

CoSIDA Academic All-America® Selections

Smail Rood Hanson Borgenheimer Roshell





1971 Tomm Smail, LB

1972 Tomm Smail, LB

1973 Jon Hanson, OG

1978 Chris Rood, DE

1979 Chris Rood, DE

1982 Dan Borgenheimer, DT

1989 Mark Roshell, DT

1993 T.R. McDonald, SE

1997 Sean Fredricks, ILB

Jake Morris, RB

2004 Jared Essler, FS

Jayd Kittelson, OLB

Tony Stauss, QB

2005 Kole Zimmerman, OLB

2006 Craig Dahl, SS

McDonald Fredricks

Kittelson Stauss


1974 Mark Askew, DB

Kevin Krebsbach, DB

1975 Mark Zelinski, LB

Mark Askew, DB

1976 Mark Zelinski, DL

1977 Jon Walter, OT

Mark Zelinski, DL

Jerry Rosburg, LB

1978 Mark Speral, QB

Chris Rood, DE

Don Hutson, LB

1979 Scott VandeVoort, OT

Steve Sponberg, WR

Mark Speral, QB

Ron Grabowski, LB

Gregg Gaughran, DB

1980 Joe Bladow, OG

Steve Sponberg, WR

Mark Speral, QB

Chris Rood, DE

1981 Wayne Schluchter, DB

1982 Cliff Carmody, OG

Dan Borgenheimer,DT

Doug Hushka, CB

1983 Doug Hushka, CB

1984 Phil Duginski, OG

Chad Stark, RB

Jon Dunbar, OLB

Jeff Willer, DB

1985 Chad Stark, RB

Charlie Stock, OLB

Tom Van Voorhis, FS

Casey Bradley, P

1986 Chad Stark, RB

Jeff Bentrim, QB

Scott Schutt, OLB

Charlie Stock, OLB

Paul Nielsen, MG

Chris Servais, DB

Todd DeBates, FS

Casey Bradley, P

1987 Charlie Stock, OLB

Casey Bradley, P

Troy Stockstad, DB

1988 Doug Lloyd, RB

Dan Paulson, RB

Mark Roshell, OLB

Charlie Stock, OLB

Casey Bradley, P

1989 Craig Johnson, OT

Dan Goettl, TE;

Marty Sieh, RB

Troy Stockstad, WR


Former North Dakota State football

player JIM SCHINDLER was named

a Rhodes Scholar in 1966 after concluding

his football career.

Academic All-Conference

Mark Roshell, DL

Phil Hansen, DL

1990 Dan Goettl, TE

Marty Sieh, RB

Phil Hansen, DL

Ken Clark, DB

1991 Rob Greenwood, LB

1992 T.R. McDonald, WR

Arden Beachy, QB

Mat Steinberg, ILB

1993 T.R. McDonald, WR

Kyle Carlson, RB

Bruce Yaggie, NG

Joe Toth, OLB

1994 Rob Hyland, QB

Kyle Carlson, WR

Dennis Scheel, DT

Joe Toth, OLB

1995 Brad Servais, C

Aaron Siegfried, DT

Sean Fredricks, ILB

Jerome Cheatham, CB

1996 Sean Fredricks, ILB

Jerome Cheatham, CB

1997 Brian Boll, DL

Sean Fredricks, ILB

Mikel Kallenbach, FS

Sam Markell, OG

Jake Morris, RB

1998 Brian Boll, DL

Kevin Feeney, QB

1999 Chris Simmers, C

2001 Chad Simmers, ILB

2003 Ryan Simmers, FB

Jared Essler, FS


2004 Bobby Babich, CB

Craig Dahl, SS

Jared Essler, FS

Johnny Frank, FB

Kyle Ihry, SS

Jayd Kittelson, LB

Tim Popowski, OT

Tony Stauss, QB

Scott Walter, CB

Kole Zimmerman, LB

2005 Bobby Babich, CB

Craig Dahl, SS

Tim Popowski, OT

Scott Walter, CB

Kole Zimmerman, LB

Derek Arndt, TE

Andy DelaBarre, TE

Brett Itterman, LB

Hugh Medal, C

Ryan Olson, DB

Adam Palczewski, NG

2006 Craig Dahl, SS

Kole Heckendorf, WR

Ryan Olson, DB

Kyle Belmont, SS

Sam Boraas, FS

Jeff Curtis, LS

Jared Hines, TE

Brett Itterman, OLB

Ryan Parsons, QB

Barry Quickstad, FS

Bison Academic

All-Conference Breakdown


Charlie Stock (1985-86-87-88)

Casey Bradley (1985-86-87-88)


Mark Zelinski (1975-76-77)

Mark Speral (1978-79-80)

Chris Rood (1978-79-80)

Chad Stark (1984-85-86)

Sean Fredricks (1995-96-97)

Craig Dahl (2004-05-06)


Harry (Red) Blakely

Cy Arnold

Claudie Miller

Melvin (Fritz) Hanson

Ernie Wheeler

Cliff (Bony) Rothrock

Lawrence F. (Larry)


Marv Bachmeier

Eugene (Fitz)



C.C. (Casey)




Russ Anderson

Sam Westgate

H. Arnold (Swede)


Sid Cichy

Frank Esposito

Curt Quenette

Dr. H.R. Albrecht


Alex J. (Sliv) Nemzek

Earl (Skip) Bute

Leo G. May

Cy Lonsbrough

Charles (Acey) Olson

Neville M. Reiners

Lyle Sturgeon


George (Baldy) Hays

Robert C. Lauf

W.P. (Bud)


Johnny Mach

Manny Marget


G.V. (Viv) McKay

Roman Meyers

Ben P. Rumpeltes

Robert Saunders

Robert Weir


Ole Sand

Walter G. (Dolly)


Gregory H. Sloan

John (Jerry)


Oddvar Helgesen

Art Bunker

Glenn Hill Jr.


Delbert Moore

Herb Peschel

Ron McLeod

Dave Torson

Bruce Airheart

Benny Noland

Dennis Drews


Pete Gergen

Walt Odegaard

Ardell Wiegandt

Harry R. Bridgeford

W.L. (Wendy)


Dr. C.S. Putnam


Roy C. Pedersen



Lowell Linderman

Brian MacLaren

Ken Rota

Byron Jackson



Tim Mjos

Ross Fortier

Ron Schliemann

Jim Ferge

Stafford (Cod)



Joe Blakeslee

Gladys Bockwaldt


Terry Hanson

Gerry Suman

Ron Erhardt



Bob Hyland

Joe Cichy

Chuck Wald

Bruce Grasamke

Carl Rovig


Bill Demaray

Ralph Wirtz

Dr. E.P. Wenz



Bob Backlund

Mike Slack

Steve Krumrei

Pat Driscoll


Cliff Nygard

Warren Arman

Dick Hanson

Mike Bentson


Del Gehrett

Marv Mortenson

Mike Kuppich


Jerry Dahl

Steve Saladino

Lee Petersen

Chuck Bentson



Ken Blazei

Brad Rheingans

Phil Reimnitz

Joe Roller


Steve Nelson

Dick Marsden

Nick Cichy

Rick Budde

Bob Lowe (honorary)


Darrell Mudra


Mike Ahneman

Mike Whetstone


Dr. L.D. Loftsgard


Mike McTague

Dr. Denis Isrow


Gene Gebhards

Dan Loose

Collette Folstad


Dr. Robert Grant

Donnie Lauf

Dr. LaVern Freeh

Ed Graber (honorary)


Boyd Christenson


Rich Mische

Matt Vukelich

Randy Lussenden

Roger Grooters



Gilmour Dobie


Carolyn Schmidt

Lynn Forde

Lew Curry


Pete Lana

Carl “Buck” Nystrom


Ron Waggoner

Paul “Red” Brostrom

Ed Kolpack


Joe McCormick

Mary Goebel


Tomm Smail

Tom Assel

Dom Gentile

Autumn Ross

Del Johnson



Dr. Ade Sponberg


Mark Gibbons

Mark Reimnitz

Mike Bollmann

Mark Speral

Becky Clairmont


Bob Roy

Mark Emerson

Keith Krebsbach

Bernie Graner

Norm Vennerstrom

Kathy Kappel-


Lori Knetter-Robbins


Curt Bacon

Perry Kozlowski

Dr. Paul Shogren

Dick Tschider

Donna Palivec

Laura Jacobson-


Ravine “Gorilla”




Don Morton


Gene Gamache

Stacy Robinson

Gary Leuer

Mike Langlais

Patti Rolf

Deb Bergerson-



Rocky Hager


George Thole

Jeff Askew

Lance Berwald

Kim Brekke-Heisler

Peggy Zimmerman-



John Dahl

Gretchen Hammond-


Dr. Fred Walsh


Mike Driscoll

Nancy Dietman-


Wayne Schluchter

Jeff Bentrim

Erv Inniger



Earle Solomonson


Chad Stark

Brian Bachmeier

Greg Hagfors

Dr. Doug Hushka

Tom Leutz

Janice Woods

Trisha Reichl-Cyr


John Morgan

Janet Cobbs


Lisa Stamp Thomas

Yorrick “Snuffy”


Tyrone Braxton

Mike Favor


Mike Stratton

Lora Jean (Schloss)


Paul W. Nielsen

Pat (Smykowski)


Kristi Kremer


Joe Regnier


Dale Beling


John Bodine

Phil Hansen

Brady Lipp

Shelley (Oistad) Rice

Amy (Quist)



Edie Boyer

Cliff Carmody

Doug Hanson

Sam Kucenic

Doug Lloyd

Dana Patsie (Retten)

Bev Weiman (Owen)

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Four Bison Enshrined

College Football

Hall of Fame






Four former North Dakota State personalities have

been inducted into the National Football Founda

tion's College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend,

IN. They are coach GILMOUR DOBIE, inducted in 1951

after a career at NDSU, Washington, Navy, Cornell and

Boston College; two-time All-America defensive back

(1969 & 1970) JOE CICHY, a 1997 inductee; 1986 Harlon

Hill Trophy-winning quarterback JEFF BENTRIM, inducted

in 1998; and coach DARRELL MUDRA, inducted in

2000 after a career at Adams State, NDSU, Florida State,

Western Illinois, Eastern Illinois and Northern Iowa.

Division II

Hall of Fame

The Division II Football

Hall of Fame was inaugurated

in 1999 with former

Bison quarterback JEFF

BENTRIM (left) inducted in the charter

class with Walter Payton and Johnny Bailey.

The Hall of Fame is located in Braly Municipal Stadium

in Florence, Alabama, the site of the NCAA

national championship game. In 2004, former NFL

standout and two-time All-America defensive end

PHIL HANSEN (1987-90) was inducted into the


NCAA Division II

Football Team of the

Quarter Century

Four former North Dakota

State athletes were

named to the NCAA Division

II Football Team of the Quarter

Century selected in 1997 by

a nationwide panel as part of the

celebration of the 25th Division II

Football Championship game. Any

player who competed as a Division

II player between 1973 and 1996 was

eligible. North Dakota State, North Alabama and Texas

A&M-Kingsville led the team with four selections each.

Named from NDSU were quarterback JEFF BENTRIM,

who started in four straight title games from 1983 to

1986, two-time All-America center MIKE FAVOR (1985-

88), former NFL star and two-time All-America defensive

tackle PHIL HANSEN (1987-90), and two-time All-

America linebacker JIM DICK (1982-86).





Rimington Award

North Dakota State’s Rob Hunt

was the 2004 NCAA I-AA recipient

of the Dave Rimington

Award, which annually honors

the outstanding outstanding

centers throughout the ranks of

college football. The Cavalier,

N.D., native played in the 2005

Hula Bowl Maui All-Star Game.

He started all 42 games during

his career. Hunt was the 2004

Great West Football Conference

Offensive Lineman of the Year.

He was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the

fi fth round of the 2005 NFL draft.

Dennis Drews Trophy

Dennis Drews

The North Dakota State

“Most Valuable Player”

award is named after 1946 allconference

halfback Dennis Drews.

Drews was the captain of both the

1947 and 1948 Bison teams and

served as an assistant coach for

the Bison freshman team.

He served in the Armed Forces in

both World War II and the Korean

War, earning the Distinguished Flying

Cross, the World War II Victory

Medal, and the Korean Service

Medal. He was awarded the Air

Medal for Meritorious Service in the

Korean War in March 1953.

He was killed in a training fl ight in

an F84F Thunderstreak at Dow Air

Force Base in Bangor, Maine, in

July 1954.

Dennis Drews Trophy Winners

1954 Pat Vickers C

1955 Glenn K. Hill End

1956 Roger Gebhart G

1957 Dick Tschider C

1958 Curt Quenette FB

1959 Curt Quenette FB

1960 John Stalpes HB

1961 Bob Yaggie G

1962 Dan Thesing FB

1963 Joe Anderson End

1964 Bill Sturdevant HB

1965 Ardell Wiegandt LB

1966 Matt Vukelich End

1967 Ken Rota HB

1968 Jim Ferge DT

Paul Hatchett HB

1969 Tim Mjos HB

1970 Dennis Preboski FB

1971 Mike Bentson QB

1972 Rich Henry FB

Steve Nelson LB/DE

1973 Steve Nelson LB

1974 Jerry Dahl DE

1975 Rick Budde LB

1976 Rick Budde LB

1977 Jerry Rosburg LB

1978 Mike McTague Flanker

1979 Mark Speral QB

1980 Mark Speral QB

1981 Mike Kasowski RB

1982 Mark Nellermoe QB

1983 Mike Whetstone OG

1984 Jeff Bentrim QB

1985 Jeff Bentrim QB

1986 Jeff Bentrim QB

1987 Mike Favor C

1988 Mike Favor C

1988 Charlie Stock LB

1989 Chris Simdorn QB

1990 Chris Simdorn QB

1991 Dave Marion OT

1992 Arden Beachy QB

1993 T.R. McDonald SE

1994 Brad Servais C

Joe Toth LB

1995 Brad Servais C

Gunar Gossard OLB

1996 Kevin Feeney QB

1997 Jake Morris RB

Sean Fredricks ILB

1998 Kevin Feeney QB

1999 Tim Strehlow WR

2000 Lamar Gordon RB

2001 Leif Murphy OLB

2002 Billy Erenberg SS

2003 Tony Stauss QB

2004 Rob Hunt C

2005 Kyle Steffes HB

2006 Steve Walker QB

East -West Shrine

(January in San Francisco)

1936–Lyle Sturgeon, T

1987–Chad Stark, FB

1991–Phil Hansen, DT



(December in Montgomery, Ala.)

1938–Ernie Wheeler, HB

1990–Phil Hansen, DT

Coaches All-American

(Lubbock, Texas)

1974–Steve Nelson, LB

Senior Bowl

(January in Mobile, Ala)

1985–Stacy Robinson, WR

2002–Lamar Gordon, RB

All-American Classic

(January in Florida)

1991–Phil Hansen, DT

Hula Bowl

(January in Hawaii)

2005–Rob Hunt, C

IntaJuice North-South

All-Star Classic

(December in Houston, Texas)

2006–Craig Dahl, SS



here during his NFL

playing days with the

Buffalo Bills) is the

only Bison to have

played in three postseason




Snow/Cactus Bowl

(January at Fargodome before moving to

Kingsville, Texas, in 2001)

1994–T.R. McDonald, SE

Steve Hansen, DT

1995–Joe Toth, OLB

Chad Pundsack, DE

1996–Brad Servais, C

Tim Jacobsen, CB

1997–Mitch Clark, OLB

Kris Kortuem, DT

1998–Sean Fredricks, ILB

Jake Morris, RB

1999–Luke Samuel, OG

Ben Ahneman, ILB

2000–Tim Strehlow, WR

Aaron Skyberg, DB

Ronnie Steffen, DT

Courtney Samuel, DB

2001–Matt Swanson, CB

John Semchenko, C

2002–Jared Peck, TE

Pete Campion, OT

2003–Leif Murphy, DE

2004–Mike Sheppard, SS

Rod Malone, RB

2006 Great West Champions ��� ���



Team Captains

Year Name Position

1894 Unknown

1895 Unknown

1896 Unknown

1897 Ben Meinecke HB

1898 Thomas H. Manns T

1899 James McGuigan FB

1900 T.F. Manns Back

1901 T.F. Manns Back

1902 Byron Wilde HB

1903 Charles Rose HB

1904 Unknown

1905 Charles Oshwald G

1906 Fred Birch E

1907 Pete Tierney QB

1908 Leo Nemzek FB

1909 Bert Haskins C

1910 Palmer Foss HB

1911 Cliff Schroeder T

1912 Edgar Olson G

1913 Grover Edwards G

1914 Ralph Coulkins QB

1915 Steve (Dick) Bjornson T

1916 Steve (Dick) Bjornson T

1917 Bill Nemzek T

1919 Paul J. Peterson G

1920 S. Lynn Huey T

1921 M. Ravine Latimer T

1922 Louis Duerner QB

1923 Ben Rumpeltes T

1924 Wallace Thompson C

1925 Wallace Thompson C

1926 Claudie Miller HB

1927 Cy Peschel Back

1928 George Hays End

1929 Stafford (Cod) Ordahl C

1930 Leo May HB

1931 Cy Lonsbrough HB

1932 Walter Schoenfelder T

1933 Roman Meyers T

1934 Charles (Acey) Olson End

1935 Sam Dobervich T

1936 Bob Erickson HB

1937 Forrest Stevens End

Emil May HB

1938 Ray Hawkins End

Ernie Wheeler HB

1939 Harry Johnson T

Cecil Scrank T

1940 Don Johnston QB

1941 Brucke Fulks G

1942 Harry Treglawny T

1945 Don Hofmeister QB

1946 Cliff Rothrock C

1947 Dennis Drews HB

Paul Moores T

1948 Dennis Drews HB

1949 LaVern Freeh G

Neil Gustafson FB

1950 Game captains

1951 Game captains

1952 Unknown

1953 Charles Thum End

1954 Glenn Hill End

Paul Werner T

1955 Pat Vickers FB

Emil Zueger G


Year Name Position

1956 Unknown

1957 Roger Gebhart G

1958 Jerry Kingrey HB

Curt Quenette FB

1959 Ross Fortier QB

Cur Quenette FB

1960 Tom Egan C

Robert Kovich T

1961 Dave Gentzkow FB

John Stalpes HB

1962 Ron Erdmann QB

1963 Joe Anderson E

Jim Driscoll E

1964 Tom Holmgren T

Bill Sturdevant HB

Ardell Wiegandt LB/OG

1965 Gene Gebhards MG

Lowell Linderman SE

Ardell Wiegandt LB/OG

1966 Mike Hasbargen FB

Lowell Linderman SE

Walt Odegaard DT

Matt Vukelich DE

1967 Mike Ahneman LB

Terry Hanson QB

John Heller G

1968 Jim Ferge DE

Jack Hagen FB

1969 Stu Helgason LB

Robert Hyland G

1970 Joe Cichy SS

Dennis Preboski FB

1971 Lyle Anderson G

Mike Bentson QB

Tom Marman DT

1972 Tomm Smail LB

Bob Erickson OT

1973 Steve Nelson LB

Steve McMillan FB

1974 Bruce Reimer RB

Nick Cichy SS

1975 Mark Askew FS

Doug Johnson OG

1976 Dave Roby HB

Dale Nordick OT

Rick Budde LB

Kevin Krebsbach CB

1977 Jon Walter OT

Lew Curry C

Jerry Rosburg LB

Clem Clooten DE

1978 Ken Ellett OG

Mike McTague Flanker

Don Hutson LB

Perry Kozlowski FS

1979 Lane Brettingen TE

Scott VandeVoort OT

Russ Shroyer LB

Gregg Gaughran SS

1980 Mark Speral QB

Steve Sponberg Flanker

Joel Bladow OG

Jim Kent LB

1981 Mike Kasowski RB

Wayne Schluchter FS

Year Name Position

1982 Mark Nellermoe QB

Dan Borgenheimer DT

1983 Tom Shockman SS

Steve Krause DT

Dave Piepkorn OG

1984 Lee Monson LB

Greg Hagfors C

1985 Tom Van Voorhis FS

Ted Hall OG

1986 Jim Dick LB

Jeff Bentrim QB

1987 Ken Muckenhirn DT

Kerry Meske TE

1988 Mike Favor C

Charlie Stock LB

1989 Craig Johnson OG

Todd Zabel CB

1990 Phil Hansen DT

Ken Clark FS

Dan Goettl TE

1991 Dave Marion OT

Todd Wash OLB

1992 Mark Hansen RB

Mat Steinberg ILB

1993 Arden Beachy QB

Steve Hansen DT

Bruce Yaggie NG

1994 Chris Jones ILB

Kevin Holm TE

1995 Brad Servais C

Gunar Gossard OLB

1996 Kelly Artz SE

Eric Heismeyer TE

Greg Coleman ILB

1997 Scott Swanson WR

Mikel Kallenbach FS

Sean Fredricks ILB

Jerome Cheatham CB

Year Name Position

1998 Ben Ahneman ILB

Kevin Feeney QB

1999 Tim Strehlow WR

Eric Nelson WR

Ronnie Steffen DT

Aaron Skyberg SS

2000 Eric Nelson WR

Ryan Johnson QB

Jared Maher ILB

Luke Shafer FS

2001 Josh Hauble OG

Lamar Gordon TB

Wade Kittelson ILB

Travis Sturdevant FS

2002 Game captains

2003 Tony Stauss QB

Rob Hunt C

Mike Sheppard OLB

Josh Mock LB

2004 Tony Stauss QB

Jared Essler FS

Rob Hunt C

Matt Gorman CB

2005 Craig Dahl SS

Tim Popowski OT

Alvin Robinson DE

Steve Walker QB

Kole Zimmerman LB

2006 Craig Dahl SS

Justin Frick DT

Steve Walker QB

Kyle Steffes HB

North Dakota State captains Kyle Steffes (23), Justin Frick

(82), Craig Dahl (20) and Steve Walker (right) come out prior

to the 2006 Minnesota game at the Metrodome.



Editor’s note: This message,

delivered to the North Dakota

State football team just before

the 1988 national championship win

over Portland State, is former Bison

All-American Mike Whetstone’s legacy

to the program he loved so much. He

was an inspiration for the ’88 Bison.

Whetstone died of cancer three days

following the victory. This message

was recorded prior to the semifinal

game with Sacramento State and now

hangs with his picture on a plaque in

the Bison team room at Dacotah Field.

“Sometimes the amazing thing is I

don't know what Bison Pride is myself,

anyone who has been a Bison or will

be a Bison will

some day relate

to what I’m saying.

“To me Bison

Pride is not


running around,

being rah, rah,

and jumping up and down. It’s more

of a feeling you have knowing that the

whole is greater than the sum of its


“No one person is Bison Pride. It

takes 48 tough bastards if you're in the

playoffs and it takes 75 tough bastards

during the regular season. It takes the

players and coaches working together

for a common good.

“Deep down, Bison Pride is the love

we have for each other. I have noticed

over the years that my true friends, my

true life, everything evolves around

Bison players and Bison people. I

have friends outside of football, but for

the most part, everything comes back

to football, Bison football.

“The amazing thing that I have found

in the last six months since discovering

cancer is that people who have

rallied around me the most are the

Bison players and Bison alumni. I had

former players come down to Rochester

to visit me in the hospital--they

traveled 300 miles just to visit me. I

had friends from high school who were

just 20 miles away, and they didn’t visit

me. They just called on the phone.

“I guess to me that is what Bison Pride

is all about, everybody looking out for

each other. The strength of the Herd

is in the Bison and the strength of the

Bison is in the Herd. Bison Pride is

knowing that everybody is looking out

for everyone else.

“I want every Bison that’s ever been

involved in the program to know I love

them. Kick some butt this weekend.

We can’t let those California people

think they're better than us. Go out

there and get ’em guys.”

Mike Whetstone, 1988



Only one number (79) has ever

been retired in North Dakota

State football history. It belonged

to defensive tackle Paul Allen

Bothof who played for the Bison from

1968 through 1970.

A two-year starter and an allconference

selection in 1970, the

6-foot-6, 245-pound giant was called

the “best-looking football player in

this game” by a pro scout at the 1969

Camellia Bowl at the end of his junior


But Bothof’s career came to a

tragic end on Sunday, October 25,

1970, two weeks before the end of

the regular season, as he was the

victim of an accidental shooting while


No player has ever worn that

jersey number for the Bison since.

2006 Great West Champions ��� ���




North Dakota State's tradition in the North

Central Conference is steeped and


The Bison program is the winningest in the

history of the NCC with 17 outright championships

and 26 total league football titles. That

includes seven straight crowns from 1964 to

1970 and six straight titles from 1981 to 1986.

North Dakota State became a charter

member of the NCC in 1921 and captured its

fi rst league title in 1925.



The NCC Trophy

The Bison are the most successful bowl

and playoff team in the history of the

NCAA on a Division II level.

North Dakota State is 35-13 in postseason

play (regional bowls or playoff games). The

chart is 30-12 in 17 NCAA playoff years (appearances

in 1976-77-81-82-83-84-85-86-88-89-

90-91-92-94-95-97-2000). Prior to the playoffs,

NDSU appeared in six regional bowl games

from 1964 to 1970, going 5-1.

The Bison had never lost an opening round

NCAA playoff game until 1991 and are now 25-8

in the last 33 playoff games including national

crowns in 1983-85-86-88-90.


One of the time-honored traditions in

NDSU football history is the picture of

the snorting Bison that sits above the

team room door at Dacotah Field (pictured at

far right) and now also at the Fargodome. It is

tradition that each Bison football player pat or

slap that Bison on the way out of the team room

prior to taking the fi eld on game day.

That emblem has become such a tradition

that it now travels everywhere with the Bison.

Begun in the 1960s by then-trainer Denis Isrow,

its appearance coincides with the .800 winning

percentage the Bison have established since

1964. Former Bison player Pete Lana designed

the original snorting Bison logo and that underwent

a revision in 1998.


he Nickel Trophy, resting 2,500 times

larger than a regular fi ve- Tcent

piece and weighing 75 pounds, was

inaugurated in 1938 and is presented to the

winner of the formerly annual North Dakota vs.

North Dakota State football contest.

Two inches thick and 22 inches in diameter, it is

an exact replica of the once-minted U.S. coin. It

has been the object of many intercampus raids,

recoveries, and more thefts.

The late Robert Kunkel, a UND alumnus and

Chicago advertising executive, was the originator

of the trophy. Blue Key, honorary service

fraternity on each campus, awards the Nickel


The aluminum alloy "slug" has been won 30 times by the Bison and 35 times by UND including

last year's 28-21 Sioux overtime win in Grand Forks. NDSU had possession of the trophy for 12

consecutive seasons until UND's victory in 1993. (NDSU's NCAA playoff win in 1995 over UND

does not count.)


North Dakota State quarterbacks and the

Harlon Hill Trophy have a great deal in

common. Jeff Bentrim was the fi rst winner

of the trophy in 1986 to honor the nation's

best NCAA Division II player and Chris Simdorn

added his name to the list in 1990.

The award

is named after former

North Alabama

and Chicago Bears

player Harlon Hill.

North Alabama and the

community of Florence,

Alabama are sponsoring

the award in conjunction

with the NCAA national



championship game that

is played there every


Bentrim quarterbacked

the Bison in four

national championship

games (three victories),

set an NCAA career

record for rushing

touchdowns (64), and

led the nation in scoring

for three consecutive

years--the only player

in any division ever to

accomplish that feat.

Simdorn quarterbacked the Herd to two

national titles, including a stunning display in the

51-11 title win in 1990 over Indiana (PA) when

he ran for two TDs and passed for three more.

NDSU running back Lamar Gordon was a fi nalist

for the Hill Award in 2000, fi nishing third in

the fi nal balloting.

NCAA Champions











North Dakota State has claimed eight

national championships over the years.

The Bison earned the fi rst three crowns

via the wire service polls in 1965, 1968 and


Four came in the 1980s and another to begin

the 1990s as the Bison took national crowns

through the playoff system (began in 1973) in

1983, 1985, 1986, 1988 and 1990.

Trophy Center of Attention For Land-Grant Rivals

NDSU, SDSU to Meet Again This Season For a Piece of the Rock

HANKINSON, N.D.--A new era in the

rivalry between NDSU and South Dakota

State University was unveiled April 21,

2004, with the announcement of a new

traveling trophy. The “Dakota Marker”

trophy will be presented to the winner of

the Bison-Jackrabbit football game. Both

schools gain NCAA Division I status this


North Dakota State and South Dakota

State, both members of the Great West

Football Conference, square off again this

season at 1 p.m. Nov. 17 in Brookings.

NDSU posted a 41-28 victory over SDSU

before a school record crowd of 19,053 at

the Fargodome during the 2006 season.

The Jackrabbits edged the Bison 24-21 in

the final minute of the 2004 game at Couglin-Alumni

Stadium, while NDSU defeated

SDSU 41-17 in 2005 in Fargo.

Supported by the NDSU Blue Key

chapter and the SDSU Student Association,

the trophy will be a replica of quartzite

monuments placed along the board of the

two states in the 1890s.

NDSU President Joseph A. Chapman

was one of several people who attended

a news conference held at the border to

announce the new trophy.

“Both of these institutions have long

histories in the land-grant tradition of

excellence in the classroom, excellence in

service and excellence in research,” Chapman

said. “We also have a long tradition

of excellence in the athletic arena. This is

going to be fun moving to the next level.”

Adam Jones, president of the NDSU

Blue Key chapter noted that the first

football game between the institutions

was held in 1903 and there have been 89

games held. He said moving to Division I

was a good idea.

“This progressive move will elevate

these institutions of higher learning from

their present outstanding regional recognition

to nationally recognized land grant universities

and top class athletic programs,”

Jones said.

NDSU student body president Dan

Mostad said, “This will be a game that

our students and SDSU students will look

forward to every fall. I foresee this being

the game that will captivate the attention of

both of these great states.”

Bison athletic director Gene Taylor

said, “My compliments to our students,

from both NDSU and SDSU, for taking the

initiative for this new trophy. I believe the

Dakota Marker will only enhance what is

North Dakota State and South Dakota State players, along with other football fans and school officials, walk to the

site of a news conference near the state border where the Dakota Marker football traveling trophy was announced.


already a very competitive rivalry between

two quality football programs.”

The trophy will be a model of the

original border monuments that were 7 feet

long and 10 inches square. The markers

were placed at half-mile intervals along the

border, with “S.D” on the south side and

“N.D” on the north side.

“Today is indeed a historic day for

two great and storied institutions,” said

Amanda Mattingly, president of the SDSU

Student Association. “The students at

SDSU look forward to a long, competitive

and friendly rivalry that will capture the essence

of the future and the past.”

SDSU President Peggy Miller said the

states share a common heritage as part of

the Dakota Territory, which was established

in 1861. She also praised the students’

efforts to develop the trophy.

“You are doing something new. You

are taking the first step. You’re being

the pioneers that your ancestors were,”

Miller said. “Bravo to you and everyone

involved. This will be the rivalry of the

(Dakota) territory.”

2006 Great West Champions ��� ���




Why The Bison?

North Dakota State University's

athletic teams have progressed

from the "Farmers" in

the 1890s, to the "Aggies" in the early

1900s, to the "Bison," North Dakota

State's current athletic symbol. It was

developed by head football coach

Stan Borleske in 1919 because he

and members of the football team

didn't like being known as the Aggies.

Borleske wanted a strong and fi erce

mascot. The Bison was a logical

choice. The great animals once

roamed the North Dakota prairie in

vast numbers, and over the years

Bison athletic teams added an additional

name, the "Thundering Herd."

The Herd

Now this is the law of the prairie

As old and as true as the sky

And the Bison that keep it will prosper

And the Bison that break it will die

As the creeper that girdles

the tree trunk

This law is the fi nal word:

For the strength of the Herd

is the Bison

And the strength of the Bison

is the Herd.

Bison Heritage . . . . .

Congressional Medal of

Honor Awarded to Bison


BERYL H. NEWMAN played end for the North

Dakota State football team from 1933 through 1936.

He was a member of the United States Army in

World War II and participated in the invasion of Italy.

That was where this Bison made

a niche for himself in the history

of the United States, becoming

one of the rare recipients of the

nation's highest award, The Congressional

Medal of Honor, for

bravery above and beyond the call

of duty. Here is a partial text of

that commendation . . . . .

The White House

Washington, DC










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