The University of Southern California may be the benchmark for long-term excellence at the fourth quarter situation, where Heisman trophy winners and NFL players are in the alumni. If the list was limited to one or two times, the goal would probably go to Miami University.
The hurricanes were named “Quarterback U” in the 1980s and 90s thanks to Heisman winners, Gino Toretta and Vinnie Testaverde and colleges Bernie Kosar and Ken Dorsey.
If the U Moniker Quarterback stretched to the FCS, two of the best candidates out there are facing another Saturday afternoon at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. California Davis and North Dakota State: two successful programs at NCAA Division II level are making a mark in the FCS, the more Bison than the Aggies.
Jake Maier from the fourth quarter of UC Davis, the Aggressive Year on the Great Sky. He came to Davis in 2017 after one year of junior college football or he could be threatening the Aggies career record book.
It is a true virtual FCS Quarter in both schools. Maier continued to hear from Davis's fourth quarters. There is plenty, like Ken Brien, J.T. Sullivan, Kevin Daft, Mike Moroski and Scott Barry. Each of them had bullets in the NFL, and Brien's child poster became a first round pick at New York Jets in 1983.
“They are almost every home game, most of them,” said Maier. “They send me messages on social media. It really means to me that the old quarters are so willing to guide me on my journey here. Fourth-back brotherhood here and I am lucky to be part of it. ”
NDSU's excellence begins behind a center with players in the 1960s and 70s. Jeff Bentrim and Chris Simdorn were the winners of the Harlon Hill Award in 1986 and 1990, honoring the best player in Section II.
The move to Division I increased this visibility. Steve Walker led the Bison to 10-1 backup seasons during the transition of Section I. Brock Jensen was in charge of NDSU to three direct FCS titles from 2011-13 and he left all the time in FCS history. .
It was given by Carson Wentz and left school with two national titles and the overall Draft NFL Pick of Philadelphia Eagles.
Easton Stick Jensen set aside as FCS took the lead at the fourth quarter. In the last three weeks, redshirt freshman Trey Lance has shown signs that the quadrant train is not about to slow down soon.
“The biggest thing Trey has done is that he is well prepared for this case,” said Randy Hedberg, NDSU's lead associate who works with the quarterbacks. “Last year he spent a lot of time having put Easton around and I think Easton showed him how to prepare. There is still a long way to go, there is no question about it and Trey is the first to let you know. But I think it started well so far. ”
As a result of its inception, 29 out of 39 countries were going through 9 territories with no interception, the FCS is addressing efficiency.
Maier is also coming hot. He spent 389 yards and four landings last week in 41-13 win over Lehigh (Pa.) And was named as the Roundabout of the Great Sky Conference.
In addition, he reinforced Aggie's overarching status. It is third in the history of the school with 8,521 yards passing.
Daft has two single game performances with 495 games and 482 yards respectively. The next three are by Maier before Oullivan. O'Brien's career is the 11th best in the history of the school.
Oullivan is the career leader with 10,745. Maier could challenge him with a great season and he could do it in three years.
“I look at the record books and some of these guys are the fourth best quarter ever, not just at Davis but in the country,” said Maier. “It was incredible the numbers they put up and the games they were able to win.”
Maier sees the same thing at NDSU, where Wentz is one of the players he is expecting.
“He said how he behaves, a Christian man and the way he conducts his team. “And his respect. Many principles (NDSU) believe that I am consistent with what we have in Davis. ”
Hedberg said that it would not be as far as NDSU school to be labeled as a “Fourth Quarter” school. Wentz was not even doing the entire Missouri Valley Football Conferencing team and Stick didn't do it until his senior year.
“We're not going to be big in statistics, it's not what we do here at NDSU,” says Hedberg. “But when you are 49-3 as the fourth quarter (stick), it's a good thing and you tell you a lot about the job.”
Where Walker, Jensen, Wentz and Stick help on the recruitment route. At least makes his reputation. It certainly helped Lance from Marshall, Minn.
“Children see it all and they have an interest in NDSU because of that,” says Hedberg. “They know what happened to those guys and their success after college. But also, the system we run is very friendly to make a fifth fifth to look at the next level.
Wentz was toast in the Draft NFL 2016. A stick in the fifth round went to Los Angeles Chargers last spring. Jensen spent time in NFL training camps and in the CFL.
“We had a good history here and we hope it will continue in the years ahead,” said Hedberg, “with the guys in our program and new people.”