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FARGO — After getting a taste of college football by playing in four games last season, Saybein Clark was expected to see more of the field next fall for North Dakota State. Now he may see it a lot. Bison head coach Matt Entz confirmed Wednesday, April 10, that running back Seth Wilson tore the ACL in his knee last Friday in practice and is expected to miss next season. He had surgery this week. That immediately bumped Clark up another spot in the Bison running back line. He got more than enough work during Wednesday morning’s practice. Clark looked gassed after finishing the two hours of drills and plays. “I knew I was going to be put in the rotation a lot more than I was last year,” Clark said. “But with the injury to Seth Wilson, I’m in there more than I ever thought I would.” NDSU was so deep in the backfield last year that Clark, a highly touted recruit out of Sioux City, Iowa, was afforded the ultimate learning season. He got enough work in practice to play in four games, the maximum allowable under a new NCAA rule that preserved his year of eligibility. There will most likely be no more waiting in the wings. Wilson’s departure leaves the Bison with seniors Ty Brooks and Dimitri Williams and junior Adam Cofield in the backfield. The Bison also signed incoming freshmen Jalen Bussey from Tampa, Fla., and Kobe Johnson from Lawrenceville, Ga. Clark ran for over 4,100 yards in his high school career at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School. His signing with NDSU created some buzz after he picked the Bison, despite holding a scholarship offer from the University of Iowa. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry last fall for the Bison on his 14 attempts. There also wasn’t room for many carries with senior running backs Bruce Anderson and Lance Dunn. “Lance and Bruce were big role models for me,” Clark said. “Coming in, I played a lot different than they expected. I bring some different things to the table but they taught me in general things that they do to be better at college football.” Admittedly, college football was a big change last fall for Clark and he said it hit him fast. “The welcome-to-college-football moments happened all the time in fall camp,” he said. “You just get used to the grind and get used to practicing as a Division I football player. You know what you need to bring to the table every day and how hard you have to work to be good.” Wilson’s injury was of the noncontact variety. The knee appeared to give out after he planted to make a cut. “I never thought that would happen but injuries happen when you least expect them,” Clark said. “Then you have to step up, learn the book, eliminate mental errors, go out there and do what you can.” At 6-foot-1 and 206 pounds, Clark is the biggest Bison back, although Williams and Cofield are 202 and 204 pounds respectively. The 5-9, 182-pound Brooks is the big-play threat — he averaged 7.1 yards per carry last season. NDSU reached the halfway point of spring football practice on Wednesday and it’s clear Clark will be a bigger part of the running back mix than he was a week ago.

FARGO — After getting a taste of college football by playing in four games last season, Saybein Clark was expected to see more of the field next fall for North Dakota State. Now he may see it a lot.
Bison head coach Matt Entz confirmed Wednesday, April 10, that running back Seth Wilson tore the ACL in his knee last Friday in practice and is expected to miss next season. He had surgery this week. That immediately bumped Clark up another spot in the Bison running back line.
He got more than enough work during Wednesday morning’s practice. Clark looked gassed after finishing the two hours of drills and plays.
“I knew I was going to be put in the rotation a lot more than I was last year,” Clark said. “But with the injury to Seth Wilson, I’m in there more than I ever thought I would.”
NDSU was so deep in the backfield last year that Clark, a highly touted recruit out of Sioux City, Iowa, was afforded the ultimate learning season. He got enough work in practice to play in four games, the maximum allowable under a new NCAA rule that preserved his year of eligibility.
There will most likely be no more waiting in the wings.
Wilson’s departure leaves the Bison with seniors Ty Brooks and Dimitri Williams and junior Adam Cofield in the backfield. The Bison also signed incoming freshmen Jalen Bussey from Tampa, Fla., and Kobe Johnson from Lawrenceville, Ga.
Clark ran for over 4,100 yards in his high school career at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School. His signing with NDSU created some buzz after he picked the Bison, despite holding a scholarship offer from the University of Iowa.
He averaged 6.5 yards per carry last fall for the Bison on his 14 attempts. There also wasn’t room for many carries with senior running backs Bruce Anderson and Lance Dunn.
“Lance and Bruce were big role models for me,” Clark said. “Coming in, I played a lot different than they expected. I bring some different things to the table but they taught me in general things that they do to be better at college football.”
Admittedly, college football was a big change last fall for Clark and he said it hit him fast.
“The welcome-to-college-football moments happened all the time in fall camp,” he said. “You just get used to the grind and get used to practicing as a Division I football player. You know what you need to bring to the table every day and how hard you have to work to be good.”
Wilson’s injury was of the noncontact variety. The knee appeared to give out after he planted to make a cut.
“I never thought that would happen but injuries happen when you least expect them,” Clark said. “Then you have to step up, learn the book, eliminate mental errors, go out there and do what you can.”
At 6-foot-1 and 206 pounds, Clark is the biggest Bison back, although Williams and Cofield are 202 and 204 pounds respectively. The 5-9, 182-pound Brooks is the big-play threat — he averaged 7.1 yards per carry last season.
NDSU reached the halfway point of spring football practice on Wednesday and it’s clear Clark will be a bigger part of the running back mix than he was a week ago.