Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 13:10
With every great movie comes a great cast, a good writer, a creative director and an unsung hero. Now, these unsung heroes don’t win Oscars, they aren’t in the final scene and get the girl, no, they are there for the audience’s enjoyment to act as a change-of-pace-guy. Take Tommy Lee Jones for example. He absolutely killed it in the movie “Lincoln” while playing Thaddeus Stevens. He stole every scene! It’s not only the movies—this happens on the field. You could say there are several Tommy Lee Jones’ on the Bison football team.
Brock Jensen may be leading the game-winning drive down the field, and Sam Ojuri may be scoring all the touchdowns and stealing the headlines, but what about that guy making the third down stop to force the ball back to the Bison? I have been blessed to voice my opinion two times a week in a student publication; how could I not give some dap to the forgotten heroes that play their hearts out every Saturday?
5. Andrew Grothmann
Since coming to NDSU, Grothmann has played nearly every game. He’s on pace to suit up for his 50th Bison football game this week against Southern Illinois. Grothmann has led the way for thousand-yard rushers DJ McNorton, Sam Ojuri and John Crockett, making him the college equivalent of Lorenzo Neal. Also, Grothmann owns sheep, which makes you eligible for any list.
4. CJ Smith
Daddy who? Smith has been making play after play this season opposite of All-American Marcus Williams. The sophomore corner is from Burnsville, Minn., which guarantees he will be a successful college football player. City bias aside, Smith has been somewhat of a revelation filling the hole Andre Martin Jr. left last season. Smith hasn’t received too much credit yet, but he’s young and if he keeps coming up with clutch interceptions his time WILL come.
3b. Michael Murphy
Murphy has been the long snapper for the past four years. This position is known for getting zero love, but without him, the next guy on the countdown is useless.
3a. Ben LeCompte
Jared Medenwald, host of Sports for Dummies (9-11 a.m. every Sunday on 96.3 KNDS), thinks LeCompte has been the MVP in two games for the Bison this season. I usually don’t agree with Führer Medenwald, but LeCompte has come up HUGE for the Bison this season, flipping field position on several occasions. He’s not to the Mike Dragosavich level yet, but he’s darn close.
2. Danny Luecke
The team nicknamed him Danny Football (A+ for respect, C- for creativity). Luecke is a Fargo native that is truly a self-made Bison. He wasn’t given a scholarship out of Fargo South High School; he earned one with his hard work and determination on the practice field. Now, Luecke is making play after play working in the defensive line rotation and has accumulated three tackles behind the line of scrimmage this season.
1. Colten Heagle
It’s no secret I have a football crush on Mr. Heagle. He’s everything you want from a strong safety. Heagle leads the team with 19 solo tackles and is second on the team to Grant Olson in total tackles through five games. The kid is a tackling machine who is a nightmare matchup for any team in the country. The Troy Polamalu style of reckless abandon is what makes Heagle so fun to watch every Saturday, making him the ultimate “Unsung Hero.”