PREP FOOTBALL: Marshall’s Caden Fenger signs National Letter of Intent to play football at Valley City State University

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Caden Fenger poses for a photo with his family after signing his National Letter of Intent on Thursday to play football at Valley City State University.

MARSHALL — With a quick signature, the next step to Caden Fenger’s athletic career was complete. The Marshall senior signed his National Letter of Intent on Thursday to play football at Valley City State University in Valley City, North Dakota.

Fenger said it felt good to finally have this day come and officially be committed.

“It feels good,” Fenger said. “I’ve been waiting a long time for this, so it’s exciting.”

Fenger added what drew him to Valley City State was the overall atmosphere of the campus and the program.

“They have a great program for my major and the football program seems like a great group of guys and coaches that have been there for 30 years, so it was a good fit,” Fenger said.

The past few years, Fenger has been a key contributor to Marshall’s success on the gridiron and the hardwood. This past fall, Fenger was third on the team in total tackles at 33.5, including seven sacks and nine tackles for a loss and forced three fumbles. He attributed that success to the impact his coaches and teammates have had on him.

He said his coaches have helped him develop a hard work ethic and helped him become who he is today.

“My football coaches have developed me to be a better man and pushed me through a lot of adversity,” Fenger said. “And in basketball there are so many toughness situations we end up getting into and it’s a lot of grit in both football and basketball. Those two-a-day practices and just working hard, they really impacted me that way.”

Fenger added his teammates bring a good balance of fun and hard work to practices and games and they help push him to improve every day.

“Sometimes they’re a group of funny guys and it’s hard to stay focused with them sometimes but when we get going, it’s really fun to work with them,” Fenger said. “Some of them motivate me; Deylin [Hasert] is going to Iowa State and that just pushes me because I try and go against him more and make myself a better player.”

Fenger said he plans to major in fisheries and wildlife conservation management and become a Department of Natural Resources officer. He also will play outside linebacker at Valley City State. Going into next year, Fenger said he’s looking forward to just getting back on the field and playing the game he loves.

“I’m looking forward to just getting out there and be able to play football again,” Fenger said. “I miss it already.”


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