North Dakota State’s senior quarterback Carson Wentz will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his throwing (right) wrist.
The wrist injury took place before halftime during Saturday’s 24-21 loss, but Wentz continued to play every down for the Bison against University of South Dakota.
Head coach Chris Klieman said that Wentz told him that he landed on it and at first he thought he just sprained his wrist.
Wentz is scheduled to have surgery Wednesday after Monday and Tuesday’s tests confirmed a non-displaced fracture.
“My heart goes out to him,” Klieman said. “He’s meant so much to our institution, meant so much to our football program (and ) the community and shoot, so much to me personally, I love the kid and wish him well.”
Wentz will continue to travel with the team throughout the season, and will even make the trip to Indiana Saturday.
“(He) will help Easton and Cole as much as he can,” Klieman added.
Redshirt freshman Easton Stick will make his first collegiate start against Indiana State University on Saturday.
Third-year sophomore Cole Davis will be Stick’s backup at the quarterback position, and the third-string quarterback will be freshman James Hendricks.
Stick ran the ball three times against Weber State University for 24-yards, and Davis played in five games last season and played against WSU earlier this year.
“I’m excited for Easton,” Klieman said. “He’s prepared the last six weeks like he is the guy, so I know from a preparation standpoint he’ll be ready to go.”
“I told (Easton) when I visited with him today (Tuesday), ‘When we recruited you we didn’t recruit you to just come in and be a practice player, I know it’s unfortunate how you are going to become the starter this week with Carson’s injury, but its your opportunity to show what you can do and leave your legacy.”
Through six games this season Wentz passed for 1,454 yards and 16 touchdowns and two interceptions, completing 114 of 179 of his passes. He was also named 2015 NCAA Division I Championship Most Outstanding Player.
On Tuesday morning, Wentz tweeted twice, writing, “When adversity strikes you have 2 options… Back down and quit… Or push and work that much harder to come back even better.
“I choose the latter.”
Wentz has the size and numbers to make it in the National Football League, and scouts have attended NDSU games this season to watch him perform against Bison opponents, but Klieman said the injury shouldn’t affect Wentz moving forward to the next level.
Klieman finished the press conference saying, “From what I understand its not going to affect anything at all on that front.”