We are now a week away from gameday in Manhattan and we’ve talked plenty on the countdown about this matchup and the potential for this 2013 team, but for this stat I wanted to just peer ahead to a year from now and 2014, when NDSU is supposed to open at Iowa State. As many of you know NDSU has 26 seniors on its roster for this year, an absurd number when you think of it, but it brings up a concerning number for next year.
Countdown To 2013: NerdStat #7:
- 27: That’s the number of players that have left the team over the past 3 classes. That may not seem like that large of number but when you take a closer look you can figure out why NDSU is playing some true freshmen for this upcoming season.
2010 (5): There are five players out of what many consider one of NDSU’s best class now longer with the team, Wes Hudson and Don Carter who were dismissed from the team, along with Jason Pomerenke, Andy Pfieffer and Tyler Gefroh who have all left.
2011 (17): This is the class with the most attrition, Andrew Okland, Lyle Norman, Joey Sonnenfeld, Frank Veldman, Joe Horvath, Matt Jones, Ryan Stanford, Berkley Grimm, Josh Lisenby, Nick Scoliere, DeShawn Dinwiddie and Derek Lee all gone. Four more walk-ons, Leighton Talmadge, Dan Wood, Brandon Chrest and Alex LaVoy also are no longer with the team. Dannell Miles signed, but never made it to Fargo.
2012 (6): The most recent redshirts are not off to a great start either, two left to go home, Jacob Davis and Sam Hahn, two were kicked off the team, Chuks Amaechi and Marcus Brantley, Zach Riopelle left and Brett Pierce has been suspended.
Craig Bohl stressed that the 2013 class is important for many reasons, let alone depth for this season, but many of these players will be seeing major minutes next season. It should be pointed out of the 2011 class, just 10 remain now, but plenty have or will play big minutes from Joe Haeg at right tackle to Andrew Bonnet at fullback to Josh Colville and Ben LeCompte, it seems NDSU has hit some home runs with the ones that stayed. Something to watch for sure as the season goes along.