Aug 30, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; North Dakota State Bison quarterback Brock Jensen (16) hands off the ball during first-half action against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers: The answer at backup could be in the 2014 NFL Draft

 

 

Here are Brock Jensen’s statistics from today’s game with Furhman – a 38-7 win:

 

NCAA DIVISION I FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP – SECOND ROUND

Final
Furman
North Dakota State

Brock Jensen

 

SPLITS CMP ATT YDS CMP% YPA LNG TD INT SACK RAT
This Game 15 25 249 60.0 9.96 52 2 0 1 170.1

 

Something caught me by surprise the other day.

On Monday, Aaron Rodgers celebrated his 30th year on Planet Earth. I say Planet Earth because the way he plays when he’s healthy makes me doubt that he’s actually human. But, 30?!? Where the hell has time gone? It feels like just yesterday he was sitting on the sideline watching Brett Favre at the helm.  Thirty years isn’t old for a quarterback by any means, but it’s not young either.

Don’t get me wrong, Rodgers has a lot of time left with the Packers but he won’t be here forever. Aaron Rodgers was brought in as a rookie and backed up Brett Favre in his first three seasons. Aaron ended up falling further in the draft than most thought and he became Favre’s understudy. He learned from one of the best and it may be getting close to where the Green Bay Packers need to start shopping for the next best thing.

One quarterback that the Packers should consider is Brock Jensen out of  North Dakota State University. As a member of the Bison, have you “Herd” of him (pun intended)?

The Bison are the current back-to-back defending NCAA Division I-FCS National Champions and have a 39-2 record since the start of 2011, the best record in all of Division I Football during that time frame. As of Nov. 24, the Bison have won 20 straight games, third longest streak in FCS history. The NDSU Bison are the only FCS program to ever be ranked higher than #34 in the AP National Football Poll.  They are a small school team that has beaten top BCS schools such as Kansas State. There’s no doubt this team could ruin many BCS school’s seasons.

The man responsible for all this success is the 6-3, 225-pound senior from Waupaca, Wisconsin, who has really made a name for himself in the college football world. In Jensen’s 50 games played at NDSU, he has tallied 7,881 yards, 64 touchdowns, and only 20 interceptions. He owns just about every record there is to own by NDSU quarterbacks and he’s on pace to lead the Bison to their third straight FCS title.

Here is a list of a few of Brock’s accomplishments

  • 2013 College Football Performance.com Quarterback Watch List

    North Dakota State Bison quarterback Brock Jensen throws a pass against the Sam Houston State Bearkats during the FCS Championship football game at FC Dallas Stadium. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports photograph

  • 2012 NCAA FCS National Championship MVP
  • 2012 College Sporting News FCS Playoff MVP
  • 2011, 2012 College Football Performance.com Weekly H.M. (5x)
  • 2011 College Sports Madness.com MVFC Player of the Week

On CBS Sports’ 2014 NFL Draft Quarterback Prospects page, Jensen ranks #30 out of all active college quarterbacks. Jensen has good NFL size, is strong and athletic, and throws with accuracy. The way the Packers’ season has gone, one could argue they need to add strength at many different positions, much on the defense. However, Jensen could be a bargain that could be a great long-term addition.

Like I said before, Aaron has got many good years left with the Packers but he could teach a young quarterback how to succeed in the NFL.

Brock Jensen and the top-seeded Bison host Furman today in FCS Second Round of the playoffs.

To catch Brock in action tune into ESPN 3 or ESPN Game Plan at 2:30 p.m. CST.

He’s worth a look.

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