NDSU put the finishing touches on fall camp yesterday morning as school officially begins in Fargo today. The football team will be switching its practice times to the afternoons now as they enter game prep for the season opener against Cal Poly.
I visited with head coach Chris Klieman by phone late yesterday to ask about Saturday’s scrimmage and to see if any decisions had been made on freshmen getting into the lineup. Here are the headlines.
- No substantial injuries emerged from the scrimmage.
- Klieman says no decision has been made on the backup quarterback. He says he wants both Holden Hotchkiss and Noah Sanders to get as many reps in practice over the next week to determine who it will be. Would like to have a decision by Monday or Tuesday next week. The depth chart will be out Monday, along with Klieman’s first press conference, we’ll see if there’s a determination then.
- Two freshmen have likely played their way onto special teams, strong safety James Kaczor from St. Cloud and linebacker Jasir Cox. Kaczor has impressed since he arrived on campus, he is the 8th of ten children in his family, and was a high school standout at St. Cloud Tech. Cox has the length to be a difference maker, he’s not as tall as his older brother Jabril, but is quick and has a solid reach. He’ll be on the field against Cal Poly.
- Two injuries to update everyone on, first on redshirt freshman wide receiver Christian Watson, as mentioned last week, he has a walking boot on and his status for the season opener is likely doubtful at this point. This may open up a spot for one of the true freshmen wide receivers to play, perhaps Phoenix Sproles. Also, sophomore Seth Wilson tweaked a hamstring last week, as I mentioned last Wednesday he was not practicing. Wilson is questionable/doubtful for the opener, but with the depth at running back the Bison have, that’s at least one hit they can take.
- NDSU announced its team captains Monday, no surprise that Easton Stick is one, he’s now a three-time captain. Darrius Shepherd is as well, he was a captain last year. There are two first-time captains, Bruce Anderson and Robbie Grimsley. I thought it was interesting the other two captain selections since they were both former walk-ons, Aaron Steidl and Levi Jordheim. Both have worked their way into the starting lineup and become important members of the Bison defense. I had a story on Steidl’s road last year in Frisco.
I’ve included the initial depth chart that we received from NDSU at media day and we’ll see how that changes next week before the season opener with Cal Poly.
There are a couple other items to let fans of the blog know about, the Kolpack and Izzo radio show may be gone, but we’re not done talking. Or new podcast will debut later this week, look for it in the Apple Store and Google Play. That will be a weekly staple debuting each Friday during the football season.
Also later this week, my annual preseason bracketology will be posted for all to ridicule as we try to predict the 24 team field.
Lastly, our weekly video blogs will begin next Monday, right after Klieman’s press conference. We’re ready for a new season of Bison football, we hope you make sure the blog is a daily staple.