AND Football Adds Northern Iowa Running Back – Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS – AND Football’s newest addition from the transfer portal will come to Grand Forks with experience at the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

Tyler Hoosman, who played four seasons in Northern Iowa, has decided to make the switch to AND to play his final season.

“I still have a year to qualify, so I knew this year would be crucial if I wanted to get to the next level,” Hoosman said. “I wanted to make it big. I know AND has a lot of good players coming back. I think they can be a top team at FCS if they can put the last few pieces together and I feel like I can contribute to that.”

Hoosman announced on Twitter in late April that his final three transfer destinations were AND, Western Illinois and Division II Power Northwest Missouri State.

“It was a tough decision,” said Hoosman. ‚ÄúSome schools were late, both FBS and FCS, but I know how important it is to be on a program in the summer. I will be (in Grand Forks) at the end of this month and will be there all summer. “

Hoosman, who is from Plainfield, Illinois, played for Northern Iowa for four seasons after being redshirted in 2017. His best season came in 2019, when he rushed for 403 yards and four touchdowns in nine games.

In the fall of 2021, Hoosman appeared in 11 games but was limited to 68 rushing yards and a touchdown. He caught three balls for 23 yards.

Hoosman said he had comprehensive skills.

“I always try to bring thunder and lightning into my game,” Hoosman said. “I don’t like being labeled as a runner type. I want to go through guys if need be, but I have that speed and blast when I need to.”

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Hoosman graduated with honors in business administration and a minor in sports administration.

AND will be looking for a new featured running back in 2022 as Otis Weah, who was an FCS All-American in Spring 2021, entered the transfer portal after the Fall 2021 season.

Weah is yet to announce his next destination.

Hoosman, who weighs 6ft and 215lbs, will join a group vying for the starting role including Luke Skokna, Isaiah Smith, Gavin Ziebarth and Creighton Mitchell.

Skokna, Smith and Ziebarth have all rushed for at least 100 yards in a game for the Fighting Hawks, while Mitchell thought about working into the offensive game plan before picking up an injury in a pre-season scrum at the end of the 2021 season.

After reaching the FCS quarterfinals in spring 2021, UND finished the playoffs 5:6 in autumn 2021.

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