Spring football: first day in full pads

Spring football: first day in full pads
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Today, Wednesday, was another step in the Bison spring football process — the first day in full pads. Here are a few thoughts from head coach Chris Klieman heading into the two-hour workout:

  • As expected, the interior defensive line will probably grab the attention of the coaches. Klieman said he’s curious to see how Austin Farnlof has rebounded from knee surgery. On the other side, he’s curious to see how the young offensive linemen like Jack Plankers, Landon Lechler and Jeremy Kelly hold up to the pressure; whether they can hold the fort at the point of attack.
  • Running back King Frazier, the transfer from Nebraska, had a good opening weekend. Klieman said he looks faster than he figured.
  • Klieman said sophomore middle linebacker Nick DeLuca has made “quantum leaps” since the end of last season, looks to be more knowledgeable with the defense. There was some speculation that the 6-3, 237-pound DeLuca would get big enough to be a defensive end, but Klieman likes him at linebacker.
  • Defensive tackles coach Nick Goeser knows he has his work cut out for him after seeing four guys graduate last season. “You know what, it’s exciting too,” he said. “We’re going to find out what kind of a coach I am real quick.”
  • We have a story going in Thursday’s Forum on Tanguay. He’s 6-4 and 288 pounds, and hopes to be a solid 295 next season. It’s a forgone conclusion that there’s no way anybody should expect him to be at the level Perry, Drevlow and Luecke were last season, but you have to start somewhere. Although don’t tell that to Tanguay: “I full expect myself not to miss a beat from where those guys left off last year,” he said.
  • Tanguay was one of several who lifted twice a day during winter workouts, getting up at 5:30 a.m. to get to the BSA for a 6 a.m. start and then returning later in the day. “It’s crazy but I loved it,” he said.

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