FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota State's Brock Jensen isn't often mentioned among the top quarterbacks in college football, or even his own division.
His coach cites one quality that he believes will earn him a shot at the pros: Jensen wins.
Jensen has won more games than any other quarterback in the history of the Football Championship Subdivision, formerly known as Division I-AA. He needs one more victory in this weekend's FCS title game against Towson to give the Bison their third straight national title.
Yet Bison Nation was rankled earlier this month when Jensen was not among the finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which goes annually to the top offensive player in FCS. The award went to Jimmy Garoppolo of Eastern Illinois. The other finalists were quarterback Vernon Adams of Eastern Washington and running back Terrance West of Towson.
"The FCS all-time winning quarterback must not stack up against total yards," NDSU coach Craig Bohl said. "We're disappointed for Brock, but Brock has booked that and moved on. I wouldn't trade him. All those other guys? He's our guy."
Jensen shows his interest in the debate with a shrug of the shoulders. Awards are for other people to decide, he says. He would rather talk about the team's quest for three straight FCS titles, which will be determined Saturday in Frisco, Texas.
"It's the last game of the year. It's the championship. That's mainly where my focus is," he said.
Jensen has won 47 games with the Bison, 46 as a starter and one when he came off the bench as a freshman to beat Morgan State. Earlier this season, he surpassed Armanti Edwards, who won 43 times while leading Appalachian State to three straight FCS titles from 2005 to 2007.
While Jensen might not have the flair or the numbers of Garoppolo and Adams, he has blown open the record books at a school with a proud football history. He is NDSU's career leader in pass attempts (1,106), pass completions (690), passing touchdowns (69), passing yards (8,463) and total offense (9,683).