Coach: Chris Klieman
North Dakota Players to Watch:
Senior QB Easton Stick (6-2/221)
Easton Stick owns school records for total offense, passing touchdowns and total touchdowns will try for his 50th career victory Saturday when the top-ranked Bison begin their quest for their seventh FCS title in eight years. In his career, Stick has thrown for 8,495 yards and 86 touchdowns.
*Junior FS James Hendricks (6-1/209)
James Hendricks came to North Dakota State as a highly touted quarterback who had put up monster numbers at Bemidji High School (Mn). At first he was reluctant to switch positions, but now that he has, the North Dakota State junior has been named Second Team All-Missouri Valley.
Senior OC Tanner Volson (6-4/306)
Senior center Tanner Volson has played in 58 games during his Bison career. Volson is known for being technically sound, in both, the run and passing game. On Dec 20th, Volson was named the top offensive lineman in the Football Championship Subdivision with his selection to the FCS Athletic Directors Association All-America Team.
***Sophomore LB Jabril Cox (6-3/227)
Jabril Cox can wreak havoc at linebacker, leading NDSU with 84 tackles to go with four sacks and four interceptions, two of which he’s returned for touchdowns.
Coach: Aaron Best
Eastern Washington Players to watch:
Senior PK Roldan Alcobendas (6-0/180)
Alcobendas is now EWU’s all-time leader in kicking points (271), hitting 30 of his 41 field-goal attempts and adding 181 extra points. He is 10 for 10 in field goals this season, one of three FCS kickers with a perfect mark. He’s also been a model of consistency on extra points, setting a school record for consecutive extra points made (85).
***Sophomore QB Eric Barriere (6-1/195)
After All-America starter Gage Gubrud was lost for the season five games into the 2018 campaign, Barriere has taken over to guide EWU into the NCAA Division I Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, on Jan. 5. He led EWU to an 8-1 record in his nine starts, including a current seven-game winning streak to improve EWU’s record to 12-2 and help the Eagles set a school record for points in a season with 623.
Senior NT Jay-Tee Tiuli (6-4/320)
Tiuli was the Big Sky Conference Defensive MVP in 2018 and earned first team All-Big Sky honors. This is also his first All-America honor, and he is the first interior defensive lineman (not including defensive ends) to earn All-America honors for the Eagles since Renard Williams earned honorable mention in 2011 and first team accolades in 2010. Update: Tiuli will NOT play in the Championship game.
Senior OC Richard Blackburn (6-2/285)
Blackburn earned his second All-America honor in 2018 after earning second team All-Big Sky Conference honors three-straight seasons from 2016-18. The Eagles have now had 23 offensive linemen earn All-America accolades in 35 years in FCS (1984-2018), including 14 first team All-Americans. They have combined for 73 honors (37 first team, 19 second team, 5 third team and 12 honorable mention).
2019 D I Football Championship Game
North Dakota State vs. Eastern Washington
12:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2