UND Football commit turns to cross country during uncertain fall, now leads West Central Area on the gridiron | INFORUM

Local News 26-10-2020 IN FORUM 31

MOORHEAD-- West Central Area/Ashby senior Jaden Norby does it all. Not only is he a standout athlete on the gridiron, he is most recently a four sport varsity athlete.

This summer, Norby committed to play college football at the University of North Dakota. He was met with uncertainty though after the Minnesota High School football season was initially scheduled to start in the spring. So Norby traded his football cleats for running shoes, joining the Knights cross country team.

"I'm just excited to be playing right now. We didn't have a season. I joined cross country and everyone thought it was weird that I was in cross country, but it was a good thing. But now we have football. I'm so glad we're playing right now. I'm probably in the best shape of my life right now. So I'm playing kick off, kick return, punt, offense, defense, all the time basically. So I love being out on the field," said Norby.

Through the Knights first four games, Norby has seven total touchdowns and plays all 48 minutes of the game. He scored one touchdown on Saturday, as the Knights fell 40-8 to Breckenridge at Jim Gotta Stadium. That was the Knights first loss of the year.

Norby initially thought he was going to play football in high school, before attending a football camp a few years ago that changed his plan.

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"I went to a few camps and I went for quarterback because that's the position I was going to be playing in high school and they're like no you're going to be a tight end. I ended up doing good at the tight end spot and I thought you know what I could maybe do this. Now I'm getting recruited to go to UND as a tight end. I still can't believe I'm going there, it's super cool," said Norby.

This year Norby also has the chance to play with his younger brothers Jake and Hunter. Jaden also has another brother that will go through the Knights football program.

"It's pretty cool, he's (Hunter) on my side of the ball on the defensive side. So he'll get more reps on offense too. Jake is freshman, he's on the sidelines right now because he is hurt. But it's always nice.. I'll see him on defense and so I get to go out there and maybe push him in the snow because our field is so full of snow. But it's nice to play with those guys. We've got the vision, we have a very good chance to make it back to that section championship. When I was a freshman we made it to state, I played in the section championship game and it was so much fun, we got to play at the FargoDome and I hope we can make it back this year and I think that we have the team to do it this year."

Norby says that he wants to study physical therapy in college and UND had the best fit to balance both school and football.

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