I can’t add much to what Jeff posted earlier, but a couple extra thoughts…
Pat Paschall looks like he’s becoming a really tough runner. He’s always been a slasher, but he fought for some extra yards Saturday and seems very comfortable with contact which I did not always see in previous years.
Nick Mertens had a very strong start to the scrimmage, which had to be encouraging to the coaches. He hit Gary Williams with a nice touch pass on a deep ball, but then on a 2 point conversion found the tight end in traffic in the middle of the field. Please read again the last 8 words of the previous sentence.
Dante Perez had one bad pass, an interception at about the 10 yard line, and while that was a bad play, no doubt, he’s also shown a nice ability to put the ball in tight windows for completions. He seems pretty accurate in the few occasions I’ve seen him. Compared to Mertens and Jensen, he looks really small, but is pretty elusive in the pocket.
Jensen got some work late in the scrimmage and did some nice things. QB’s were fair game for contact in this scrimmage which was interesting, and Jensen tucked it in and ran for a nice first down. He’s no Bolt, but appears to move very well. Completed his only pass if memory serves.
Offensive line looks to be coming along. Jeff mentioned Ojuri and Segers, and they did some nice things, but it looked to me that they had some good holes to run through. Mike Fairbairn told us earlier in camp that the interior 3 guys, Foster, Buckman, and Richard are the best 3 interior guys he’s worked against since he’s been at NDSU.
Pretty basic offensive stuff. There’s been some rumbling about QB’s running more, etc. but we didn’t see any of that.
Defense appeared to have a pretty disappointing day, coaches not happy with the big plays. Tackling looked to be pretty sound, though.
And just a comment here…I don’t see any way that Mertens doesn’t start at Iowa State…very familiar with the offense and Bohl is going to want as few distractions as possible going into that one…Doesn’t hurt that he showed well on Saturday, either.