Opdahl is Dakota State’s Quiet Star
Opdahl is Dakota State's Quiet Star
MADISON, SD…Austin Opdahl’s objective for each game is simple.
“Yup (the quarterback) trusts in me to come down with the ball no matter where he puts it so that’s my job.” DSU Senior Austin Opdahl says.
How he does that is anything but.
“You can’t explain it. Half the time I’m sitting there going ‘oh no! Oh no! Oh My! Oh Wow!’ And just like, my goodness.” DSU Head Football Coach Josh Anderson says.
Maybe Austin makes it look easy because he knows what it’s like to be the receiving and giving end.
At Chester Opdahl played quarterback and knew how to run an up tempo offense, something that Dakota State has taken to another level.
“It’s just fast, as fast as you can go. By third quarter you see defenses sucking air and bending over. It’s a good time!” Austin says.
And he quickly formed a bond and chemistry with his fellow freshman quarterback in 2014, Jacob Giles.
“I mean we have a really good relationship both on and off the field. He just makes it easy especially after playing so long with somebody like that who’s so good. You know exactly where he’s going to be and he’s not going to mistakes when he’s there.” DSU Senior QB Jacob Giles says.
That led to a breakout 2016 season in which Opdahl hauled in 73 passes for nearly 1100 yards and 16 touchdowns.
“He ends up being the conference player of the year, also an All-American, and not too many people are bringing his name up just because he’s not flamboyant, he’s not in your face, he’s not going to showboat, he’s extremely humble and quiet.” Anderson says.
Austin’s first game of 2017 was pretty loud. 17 catches for 333 yards and four touchdowns, all DSU records….
“Jake has a lot of trust in me. I have a lot of trust in him. So he puts it up I’ve got to come down with it every time. So that’s my mentality.” Opdahl says.
…and all just another day on the job for Opdahl!
In Madison Zach Borg, KDLT Sports