I don’t know the exact reason why Saturday’s scrimmage is being closed to the public and media but you can probably assume it has something to do with the threat of camera phones or media photographers giving away some formations that NDSU doesn’t want its first opponent or opponents to know. It’s ususally not for trick play reasons. I do know TV camermen are told not to shoot wide shots of practice as a condition for them being there and apparently that unwritten rule was violated earlier in fall practice. Not sure who but it wasn’t WDAY, that I know.
If it’s just a matter of closing one scrimmage, that’s not a huge deal to me. Those things are always hard to gauge anyway: was that good defense or bad offense? There are four weeks worth of other practices for me to get my stuff done and if I can’t do that, then it’s time to find something else to do.
As for other stuff:
- Offensive tackle Jeff Jerve had a procedure done to his knee meant to “inject some stuff into his knee,” Bohl said. He’s expected back next week.
- I think noseguard Leevon Perry is going to be a first team all-American this year. A former high school quarterback, he hasn’t lost his agility and is playing at 280 pounds now.
- Bryan Shepherd and Christian Dudzik are in a tight battle for the starting free safety spot.
- Marcus Williams and freshman Marcus Brantley were returning punts on Friday.
- Bohl said no decision has been made on removing any redshirts. Receiver Demetrius Gray continues to gets reps with the first and second team offense.
- Bohl said the backup quarterback battle is still ongoing between Esley Thorton and Carson Wentz, with Saturday’s scrimmage looming big with both. A No. 2 will have to be named once game week preparation begins because of the number of reps the top two quarterbacks get in practice.
- NDSU has been inside the Fargodome more this fall camp because of the new turf, which is easier on the players’ legs.
- Junior college linebacker Antonio Rodgers saw some time with the first couple of teams in practice, I think for the first time.
- Got an extended look at freshman punter Ben LeCompte in practice and there looked to be no major concerns.