The players are entering the middle of winter workouts and the coaching staff is in film hibernation for two weeks, most likely a self-evaluation of its team. Because of that, the head coach probably isn’t in a position to accurately answer questions anyway and put off talking about his team until film is done. But here are a few that are on the minds of myself and readers:
- With Derek McGinnis of Crete, Neb., coming to campus next fall, that will make five quarterbacks currently on the roster: Junior Brock Jensen, sophomore Esley Thorton and freshmen Carson Wentz and Ryan Stanford. The most-asked question without a doubt from readers is whether Thorton, one of the best all-around athletes to ever come out of the state in recent years, will see the field somewhere else, like safety.
- Who will replace the defensive leadership? Gone are valuable seniors Preston Evans, Chad Willson, Danny Eaves, John Pike, Coulter Boyer and Scott Stoczynski. I’ll also list defense-friendly punter Matt Voitglander in there. All of the aforementioned provided that championship intangible you just can’t coach.
- How is Brandon Jemison’s hip?
- What redshirt freshmen appear to have the most promise in spring football?
- Is there any assurance that Zach Vraa’s collarbone has been adquately taken care of?
- This is the first year, I think, that NDSU, so far, hasn’t lost an assistant coach under Craig Bohl. Has that helped?
- Is kicker Adam Keller up to the task?
- When will Deveon Dinwiddie’s unofficial signing become official? Where in the paperwork trail is the hangup?