Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
What the records won't show for the top two wide receivers in North Dakota State football history is what they endured to reach that status. Who knows, if Kole Heckendorf had different big toes, might he still be playing in the NFL? Turf toe on both feet cut into his Bison production and ultimately ended his pro football dream. The dream is still alive for NDSU senior Zach Vraa, a Rosemount High School graduate and former Minnesota Mr. Football who overcame collarbone issues in both shoulders his first two years and a hamstring problem last year.
Rosemount High School graduate Zach Vraa is going to give it a go Saturday when North Dakota State plays in the NCAA Division I FCS national title game. The team’s leading receiver ran some pass routes Thursday for the first time since injuring his hamstring in a second-round playoff win over South Dakota State in early December.