The Bison went indoors today in the Fargodome for a practice on the new turf and maybe the different environment helped the offense. Whatever the case, they looked much sharper than the previous two days on the natural grass practice fields.
The big news was the return of tight end Garrett Bruhn to full pads, something that was not expected for quite some time because of nerve damage in his shoulder. Head coach Craig Bohl said the shoulder will still have to be evaluated after contact, but the outlook looks OK.
- Running back Sam Ojuri returned to full pads after missing almost two weeks with a strained knee. “He’ll be able to do a lot of work so we’ll have him for the first game,” Bohl said.
- Receiver Carey Woods, a freshman from Bemidji, Minn., joined the team after resolving an NCAA Clearinghouse issue. He’ll most likely redshirt, especially after getting a late start to fall camp.
- NDSU announced the scrimmage Saturday will be closed to the public, media and family.
- I have yet to see freshman receiver Demetrius Gray drop a pass this week, which puts him ahead of Warren Holloway pace as a first-year player in practice.
- Walkon running back Eric Perkins just makes plays as a slot receiver. He’s in the Ryan Smith mode at 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds and has shown good hands on pass plays.
- Bruhn may be back, but tight end is not a lock solid position as far as depth. Kevin Vaadeland has missed practice time with what is being labeled minor injuries.
- The two catches of the day: an acrobatic leaping one by Nate Moody and a diving snab by Zach Vraa during a two-minute drill that led to a “game-winning” field goal by Adam Keller.
Tyler GimmestadJeff Jerve is still not healthy at right tackle, a battle that for now appears to be between Joe Haeg and Jason Pomerenke. More on this position later in the week. (Gimmestad is solid starter at right guard).