FARGO, N.D. – When it comes to the Montana State Bobcats, it’s not hard to see their formula for success. It all starts under center with Troy Andersen.
The sophomore quarterback has rushed and thrown for more than 1,000 yards each and has a combined 23 touchdowns. In order to stop the Bobcats, you have to stop the Dillon native. But North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman knows that is no easy task.
“A real fun kid to watch in the fact that he played some linebacker early in the season. They give it to him on jet sweeps as, I guess, as a Wildcat formation, and he comes across. A really good player and obviously for us to be successful, it starts with him,” said Klieman on Andersen.
Klieman said that Andersen’s athleticism and feel for the game makes him the most dangerous player on the opposite sideline. NDSU is cooking up a game plan to contain him, which Klieman eluded to would be to shut down the edge of the field, because once Andersen gets outside the numbers, he’s hard to catch.
But Klieman knows shutting Andersen down for all four quarters, is a near impossible task.
“We have to find a way to limit some of his success. He’s going to have some success, he’s just too good of a player to say, ‘Boy, you’re just going to shut him down.’ I don’t think anybody has all year. We just need to try to find a way to not give up explosive plays,” said Klieman.