A head start

A head start

One reason cornerback Daniel Eaves is getting a look at playing right away is the true freshman from Harvey, Ill., was in Fargo most of the summer participating in summer workouts with the veteran players. Richard Bowman did the same thing when he came out of high school in Houston — something that helped Bowman see the field probably sooner than was expected.

It says a lot about the maturity of a 17- or 18-year-old when they dive right into the college game. "The fact he was here all summer has helped his progress," said head coach Craig Bohl.

It also helps gain the respect of the older players. That, perhaps, is something true freshman Austin Richard needs to work on. Let’s just say players were not real impressed that Richard, from Fargo, did not feel the urge to drive a few minutes to work out with them. The 6-2 offensive lineman reported at 349 pounds, which is probably about 30 more than the Bison coaches would like to see.

Richard is a talent. At practice Thursday, he pulled on a sweep running play and bulldozed a defender into the ground. It got the attention of offensive coordinator Pat Perles.

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