Some topics of discussion and my take:
1. Head coach Craig Bohl says backup quarterback Esley Thorton will play in the first half against Saint Francis Saturday. My take: This is more about a lesson learned last year than anything else (that Thorton is challenging for the starting job). NDSU needed two quarterbacks to get through the season and in the physical Missouri Valley, you best be able to have two quarterbacks ready. I thought the Bison should have done this last week, too.
2. D.J. McNorton will probably not play. Nobody saw him sprain an ankle and he walked around during Tuesday’s media day like nothing was wrong with him. My take: If the Gophers were the opponent on Saturday, he would play. Sam Ojuri has shown in the last month that there isn’t much of a dropoff, if any, from him and McNorton.
3. Fullback Berkley Grimm will play as a true freshman. My take: No surprise. The depth behind starter Andrew Grothmann was suspect coming into the season now that Garrett Bruhn has moved to tight end full time. Grimm is a tough guy who fits the position perfectly.