The Bison offensive line ended spring ball with a depth chart that is clear at left tackle, center and right guard and competitive at right tackle and left guard. In essence, it’s about the same situation as a year ago this time when Billy Turner, Paul Cornick and Austin Richard were the returning cornerstones.
In essence, there are three returning starters in Turner, Joe Lund and Tyler Gimmestad. There is a three-way battle at both left guard and right tackle with the reserves there also in the mix for depth behind Turner and Gimmestad.
Here is a story that ran in today’s Forum:
The North Dakota State defense was lauded as the victor last week in the annual Green vs. Gold spring football game. That doesn’t mean it’s time to pull the alarm for the offense.
The fact neither offense scored a touchdown is not cause to push the panic button, said offensive line coach Scott Fuchs. “By the 15th day of practice, both sides have a decent idea of what the other side is doing and what the snap count is,” he said. “It’s a little bit unrealistic.”
NDSU ended spring ball without many depth chart surprises in the offensive line. Junior left tackle Billy Turner, senior center Joe Lund and junior right guard Tyler Gimmestad will go into fall as undisputed starters.
It will be the third year as a starter for Turner, who turned heads when he earned a starting spot as a true freshman. He’s expected to be one of the top players at his position in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision next season.“He’s a lot more involved and a very athletic big man,” Fuchs said. “I will tell you this: He’s not sitting on that fact. He works hard in trying to improve on that.”