Three players leave Bison football team
FARGO - The injury status for North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen was still not certain early Sunday evening. Meanwhile, three players from the state of Kansas left the team, according to head coach Craig Bohl.
Brothers DeShawn Dinwiddie and Deveon Dinwiddie quit with football futures that were unknown, if at all. Bohl said Deveon Dinwiddie, a junior running back, may transfer to an NCAA Division II school while DeShawn Dinwiddie, a sophomore linebacker, is still planning on remaining in school, perhaps in his hometown at Hutchinson Community College (Kan.).
"They said their focus is on academics," Bohl said.
Both were backup players. Deveon Dinwiddie was the team's third-leading rusher with 206 yards on 29 carries and three touchdowns. Only a few of those carries were performed with the outcome still in doubt.
DeShawn Dinwiddie, whose strides in spring football to make a significant contribution did not materialize this season, was mostly a special teams player.
Bohl said the linebacker depth shouldn't be compromised by his departure. He had 24 tackles in 11 games this year with one tackle for lost yardage.
"I think we have enough players to slide them around," Bohl said. "Quite frankly, I'm not that concerned about it."
Jacob Davis, from Wichita, was a top recruit last year who played in a couple of post-prep all-star games. He was a Kansas 6A all-state selection who redshirted this season.
The focus on Sunday, however, was on Jensen. He injured it in the course of Saturday's 28-3 Football Championship Subdivision second round win over South Dakota State. He said after the game he thought it may be ligament damage.
"We haven't heard, if it might be something you just have to tape up or something that needs surgery," Bohl said.
NDSU hosts Wofford College (S.C.) Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the FCS quarterfinals.
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