We’re a week away from NDSU opening fall camp and Monday was a busy one on the football news front. Jeff and I conducted our usual season preview interview on Monday morning, look for the TV version coming later this week, but there was a couple of nuggets out of that today to give people a heads up on.
- Junior Brian Schaetz has battled injuries this entire summer, starting with a broken foot in June suffered during workouts that sidelined him, now a more serious ailment has crept up according to head coach Chris Klieman, a blood clot, that has Schaetz off the field indefinitely. Klieman was not sure when Schaetz would return, but that puts the Bison in a tough spot at defensive tackle, he’s the lone returning player at that position with playing experience. Nate Tanguay, Grant Morgan and Austin Farnlof all have redshirted and have yet to play in a game that counts. It appears two of those players will need a huge fall camp.
- The second piece of news was also eye-opening and that’s the news that Klieman has toyed with the idea of having senior safety Christian Dudzik play slot wide receiver. Klieman is hoping that one of his young wide receivers either Eric Perkins or Tyler Wrice or even an incoming true freshman can step into the spot formerly occupied by Ryan Smith, but if that doesn’t happen, he says he’s not opposed to having Dudzik get snaps there. Here’s a portion of our interview specifically addressing that topic.
- Lastly all players are accounted for and should be ready to go for the first day of camp, there’s only one player that won’t be here and that’s running back Eji Ejiya from Blaine, Minnesota who did not qualify academically. Klieman believes the 10 players that were held out of spring practice are all healthy and good to go.
It was a busy recruiting weekend for NDSU as well, picking up Braden Sikes on Friday, that was followed by two more verbals Sunday/Monday. Sunday night Eau Claire safety Jaxon Brown committed to NDSU. Brown had offers from Fordham, UND and SDSU to go along with the Bison, my interview with him from Dizzo’s Den on Monday can be heard here:
Later on Monday, the 6th verbal commitment for the Class of 2015 came in from Champlin Park defensive tackle Jack Darnell, who’s huge, 6’3, 264 pounds, who had offers from UND, Army and SDSU.
We’re just four days into the NFL Training Camp season but it appears Brock Jensen’s run with the Miami Dolphins is over. The Palm Beach Post is reporting that the all-time wins leader in FCS history was released by the Dolphins, after struggles in training and mini-camp. No preseason games have been played yet, which makes me think that Jensen has a chance to get picked up by someone else.
Lastly, Big 10 Commissioner Jim Delaney continues to make friends in the FCS ranks. He reiterated his stance about his conference eliminating games against the FCS, even after he said he knows that some FCS teams rank higher than bottom tier-FBS teams and cost less to schedule, but said it’s less about money, but more on the new strength of schedule model in the College Football Playoff. More on this on Tuesday. Enjoy and digest, the season is nearly here!