NDSU will hold its first scrimmage of fall camp tomorrow afternoon at the Fargodome as Jeff already noted it is closed to the media and the public, spoke with head coach Chris Klieman this evening for some updates heading into the scrimmage:
- Staff will meet tomorrow to determine how many plays scrimmage will go, original plan was 60 plays, may be scaled back to 45, flu bug is running thru the team right now, three players had to be sent home today including Austin Kuhnert and Kyle Emanuel.
- Zach Vraa returned to practice on Thursday and has looked good, he was wearing the white no-contact jersey today, he was out earlier this week with concussion-like symptoms. Redshirt freshman tight end Jeff Ilies was back at practice after missing the last 3-4 days with an oblique injury.
- Chase Morlock will be held out of tomorrow’s scrimmage with a knee issue, Klieman intimated that he did not believe the injury to be anything serious.
- Brian Schaetz is back practicing after being out with first a broken foot, then a blood clot, Klieman says he looks very good on the defensive line and that unit as a whole is coming together well. Nate Tanguay and Grant Morgan have performed well, Austin Farnlof is having some good moments as well.
- Linebacker depth is progressing where Klieman wants it, Nick DeLuca looks solid, Bo Liekhus is getting more reps because of a groin problem with Esley Thorton. Klieman specifically made mention of MJ Stumpf, who has really come along, Klieman attributed his progress because of injuries during spring ball to Carlton Littlejohn and Travis Beck that Stumpf got many more reps and seems to have taken advantage of that.
- The biggest piece of news is that true freshman wide receiver RJ Urzendowski will play right away. Klieman said that Urzendowski “is good to go now”. His role is yet to be determined, but the practices I’ve been at Urzendowski hasn’t looked out of sorts at all. Urzendowski was one of the top recruits of the Class of 2014, but you wonder about the returners at wide receiver, Eric Perkins, DeSean Warren, Dee Gray, has Urzendowski passed all of them? Just doing a little research tonight, it’s been a few years since a true freshman wide receiver has played for NDSU, go back to 2011 and former walk-on Nate Moody. You’ll remember that the Bison dealt with injuries that entire season, Ryan Smith missed two games, Zach Vraa broke his other collarbone in the season opener against Lafayette. Interested to see what kind of year Urzendowski will have.
More updates to come as the weekend goes along, make sure you join Jeff and me on #KolpackAndIzzo tomorrow morning at 9 am on 970 WDAY.