Bison concerned knee injury to running back Wilson could be serious

By Jeff Kolpack

Forum News Service

FARGO — North Dakota State’s hope of getting through spring football without a major injury may be over. Running back Seth Wilson, in line to be a featured player next fall, is sidelined with what is believed to be a serious knee injury.

Bison head coach Matt Entz said he couldn’t get into any specifics on anything with Wilson, but there appeared to be obvious concern in the Bison camp.

Wilson was not at practice on Monday, April 8.

The sophomore from Holmen, Wis., burst onto the Bison scene as a true freshman two years ago running for 194 yards in the FCS semifinal win over Sam Houston State. A hamstring injury slowed him at the start of last season and he eventually took advantage of the new NCAA four-game redshirt rule to preserve a season of eligibility.

He did average 10.5 yards per carry on 21 attempts, including a key 78-yarder in the semifinal win over South Dakota State. The play was the longest non-scoring run in NDSU history.

If Wilson is sidelined for an extensive period of time, the backfield will be left to seniors Ty Brooks and Dimitri Williams, junior Adam Cofield and freshman Saybein Clark. The Bison signed incoming scholarship running backs Kobe Johnson from Lawrenceville, Ga., and Jalen Bussey from Brandon, Fla.

Entz did confirm tight end Josh Babicz suffered an ankle injury that will keep him out the rest of spring practice, which concludes April 26 with a short scrimmage and national title ring ceremony at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

The 6-foot-6, 252-pound Babicz, from Barrington, Ill., is in line to be part of the tight rotation next fall along with starter Ben Ellefson and backup Noah Gindorff.