Two injuries will have an effect on the Bison depth chart before the first practice. Jesse Hinz, who was in the mix for a starting berth at right tackle, is done for the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The playing status of starting tight end Garrett Bruhn is iffy at best with nerve damage in his shoulder, said head coach Craig Bohl.
On the plus side, they are two positions that do have depth. Junior Kevin Vaadeland has appeared to put his injured ways behind him and will contend for that spot along with junior Taylor Nelson. It will also be an opportunity for freshmen Derek Lee and Luke Albers to emerge.
Like Vaadeland, junior Jeff Jerve — once listed as a starter in the spring of 2011 — appears to be finally healthy and will challenge for the right tackle starting berth along with sophomore Jason Pomerenke. I’ve said for months replacing Paul Cornick in the offensive line will be a big piece of this year’s puzzle.