Hello Justin Berendzen (@jrberendzen on Twitter) with my FCS semifinals matchup preview.
James Madison University at North Dakota State University
Should be a great game at the Fargo Dome this Friday. The Bison offense has senior wide receiver Christian Watson who has 740 receiving yards and 7 touchdowns they also possess junior running back TaMerik Williams who has 696 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns. Defensively for JMU they have redshirt junior linebacker Diamonte Tucker-Dorsey who holds 106 tackles, 7.5 TFLs and 4 interceptions and redshirt senior defensive lineman Bryce Carter who has 47 tackles, 19 TFLs and 8 sacks and the Dukes also have redshirt senior defensive back Wayne Davis who has 50 tackles and 4 PBUs. The James Madison offense has redshirt freshman wide receiver Antwane Wells Jr who possesses 1,197 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns and they also have redshirt junior wide receiver Kris Thornton who has 1,050 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns and redshirt sophomore running back Latrele Palmer who has 858 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns. Defensively for North Dakota State they have sophomore defensive lineman Eli Mostaert who holds 38 tackles, 10 TFLs and 7.5 sacks also the Bison have defensive lineman Brayden Thomas who has 24 tackles,13.5 TFLs and 9 sacks and senior linebacker Jasir Cox who has 47 tackles and 3 interceptions and sophomore defensive back Courtney Eubanks who has 38 tackles and 6 PBUs.
South Dakota State University at Montana State University
Obviously not the same feeling as JMU at NDSU has but this matchup should be fun and competitive. Montana State’s offense includes junior running back Isaiah Ifanse who has 1,539 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns and senior receiver Lance McCutcheon who has 917 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensively for the Jackrabbits they have sophomore linebacker Adam Bock who holds 119 tackles, 9 TFLs and 6 PBUs and senior defensive lineman Reece Winkelman who has 29 tackles, 12 TFLs and 5.5 sacks and senior defensive lineman Tolu Ogunrinde who has 17 tackles, 6.5 TFLs and 4.5 sacks. The South Dakota State offense has senior running back Pierre Strong Jr who has 1,592 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns and junior wide receiver Jaxon Janke who possesses 1,079 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns and they also have sophomore tight end Tucker Kraft who has 677 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns. For the Bobcats defense they have senior linebacker Troy Andersen who has 127 tackles, 13 TFLs and 7 PBUs and junior linebacker Callahan O’Reilly who holds 79 tackles and 3 PBUs and junior defensive back Ty Okada whose hometown is Woodbury, Minnesota has 72 tackles, 6 TFLs, and 6 PBUs and they also have senior defensive lineman Daniel Hardy who possesses 65 tackles, 20.5 TFLs and 14 sacks.