The NDSU freshman class took a hit on Saturday when receiver DeSean Warren went down with a probable torn ACL. The highly-touted Warren had the same injury to his opposite knee in high school that caused him to miss his senior season.
Warren was hurt in a non-contact drill. Running back Sam Ojuri is out two weeks with a strained knee, said head coach Craig Bohl. Defensive lineman Ryan Drevlow will miss a couple of more days with a shoulder problem. Other happenings in practice on Saturday:
- Receiver Zach Vraa was catching everything in sight. No receiver can go up and get a ball like Vraa, a sophomore.
- Cornerback Andre Martin, a senior transfer from Northern Iowa, looks to be an immediate leader in the secondary.
- I got my first look at running back John Crockett and nobody could tell he’s been out two years. He’s a physical back with explosion, as advertised, and caught every ball thrown at him. Hardly the look of a back with rust. With Ojuri out, Crockett will get even more reps.
- Sophomore cornerback Zach Colvin struggled with a couple of pass interference penalties but it was hard to be very critical of anybody on defense.
- Freshman receiver Dee Gray literally looks like he capable of stepping into Warren Holloway’s shoes. He wears the same No. 81, is tall for a receiver and got behind the secondary on one long pass reception.
- The linebacking crew is not going to miss one leadership beat in the middle. Last year it was senior Preston Evans. Junior Grant Olson is playing every bit of that part so far.