Losing cornerback Brendin Pierre wasn’t the only hiccup this month. Backup quarterback Esley Thorton underwent a minor meniscus procedure, but is expected to be at full speed in the first month of camp.
The downfall to the injury is he is missing some quality workout time this month. He will remain the No. 2 QB heading into fall practice behind Brock Jensen.
As for Pierre, he will remain in school and regain his eligibility. He’s a mechanical engineering major who perhaps took a couple too many upper level classes that were of the very tough type. He played as a true freshman, so he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.
He’s the second major contributor to be lost to academics. Running back Mike Sigers will also miss this fall. Sigers has remained in Fargo this summer and word is he may try to regain his eligibility. Also look for the Bison to get running back John Crockett in the fall of 2012.
NDSU has had its eye on cornerback Bryan Shepherd for a while, probably since the day the Mavericks folded their program. The coaches like his size and say his athleticism on tape is pretty good. Cornerback Zach Colvin, a member of the 2010 signing day class, is expected to be academically cleared for the first day of practice. As of today, that hasn’t happened.