On his way home: Gabe Lloyd to transfer from Wisconsin to NDSU


FARGO – Gabe Lloyd thought the phone call wouldn’t come through.

“Honestly, I wasn’t sure if I would hear from NDSU. I thought, ‘This will be the first school or not at all. “They might be a little upset about my last year.”

Lloyd received a call from the state of North Dakota. And the next part of his college football journey is ahead of him.

Lloyd will transfer from the University of Wisconsin and finish his college career at Fargo. The 6-4, 220-pound tight end has played 21 career games for the Badgers, mostly on special teams. He missed the entire 2019 season with a stress fracture in his foot.

Gabe Lloyd will transfer from Wisconsin to North Dakota State for this football season. (Wisconsin Athletics)

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“It was just time to go somewhere else and give myself a fresh start.”

Lloyd graduated from Wisconsin earlier this month and with the NCAA giving athletes an extra year of eligibility, he decided to enter the NCAA transfer portal in February. Almost immediately, Lloyd heard from NDSU offensive coordinator Tyler Roehl.

Roehl originally recruited Lloyd from Northeast Wisconsin Lutheran High School in Green Bay in 2015. Lloyd actually gave his verbal pledge to the Bison for the promotion of 2016. But days before signing day, Lloyd disengaged. after receiving a walking offer from Wisconsin.

“I don’t regret that decision at all. I got to experience Wisconsin culture and Big Ten football.”

Lloyd’s injury battles in 2019 and 2020 opened his eyes to look elsewhere. NDSU seemed a natural fit and not just because of their previous relationship.

Lloyd’s father, Doug, is a member of the NDSU Hall of Fame. He was part of the Bison Dynasty of the 1980s which won three national titles. Doug set a single-game school record with 239 rushing yards against South Dakota in 1988.

“I took a picture with my dad’s helmet on and sent Coach Roehl to him two weeks ago. My dad is also very excited to go back to games and see friends at Fargo.”

As for Gabe, this is the opportunity to really live on a missed chance.

“You don’t get a second chance too often. I’m introduced to the same school five years after not talking to them for five years.”


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