FARGO – North Dakota seniors Logan McCormick and Lane Tucker both came to Fargo as highly advertised freshmen.
McCormick came to NDSU from the Wisconsin High School power plant in Kimberly, where he never lost a game and won four state championships. Tucker arrived from Gillette, Wyoming with a host of offers from FBS and FCS schools.
– Definitely complained, as young players do. McCormick said when asked about the early days of the freshman year.
“As a young Bison, I say I was frustrated. I was that guy from Wyoming. Now I’m here, and I’m not that guy anymore, I got fired.” Tucker said.
McCormick has had an interesting road. He actually played 13 matches in the freshman year in 2017 and then dressed the following year. He believes it facilitated the transition to a full-time player.
“Being there to watch and meet helped me understand what winning means here.”
Meanwhile, Tucker offered his time, rising to beginner in 2020 and making an impression in the only game of the fall against Central Arkansas.
North Dakota State Jasir Cox, right, and Lane Tucker kicked Missouri State Jason Shelley in his football game on Saturday, October 23, 2021 in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
“I filled my shoes, I became the team leader. I’ve started the last two seasons, it’s definitely gratifying.” Tucker said.
Now both have to make a decision around 2022. With an extra year granted by the NCAA, both players can return for a second season. McCormick says he is ready to continue, while Tucker has not yet made his decision. They were roommates early in their careers and are grateful for the second one.
“I’m honest, he kept me alive. Surroundings are guys, do I really want this?” Tucker said.
“Five years may not seem like a long time, but I’m happy with what I’ve got to do here. I’m grateful for the time the coaches have also invested in me.”