Spring thoughts

Spring thoughts

I’ve covered about 15 Bison football spring games and let’s hope there won’t be anymore where one quarterback runs both offenses. It’s disjointed and I’m sure it didn’t help Nick Mertens, who at times struggled to make the basic pass.

He didn’t look on the same page with receivers Warren Holloway and Sidney Haynes, but at least they have the summer to work on it. Other thoughts:

  • The best players on the field were defensive tackle Matt Gratzek and linebacker Preston Evans. Both have FCS All-American potential. A junior, Gratzek could be one of the leaders of this team that appears to be looking for four or five guys to take over.
  • The offensive line should be one of the strengths of this team, although it appeared to have a less-than-stellar day on Sunday. I didn’t see many huge holes out there.
  • Lee Vandal is solid at fullback and will take the reigns from Tyler Jangula just fine. He has the size, strength and good balance.
  • Kevin Jackson did some things out there that indicates you’ll hear his name. I would have liked to have seen him turn on the jets on his kickoff return rather than stutter-step and tippy-toe to the 20.
  • You have to like a guy like Vic Schuring, a walkon who will do anything to get on the field. He caught a halfback pass for the only touchdown.
  • Bison need Matt Anderson to take an elevated role at outside linebacker. He’s shown promise in the past and was recruited to be an impact player at that position.
  • Safety Cyrus Lemon can hit, flat-out hit people.
  • I like the look of 6-7 tight end Matt Veldman, especially if he can add another 10 pounds.
  • Good to see senior John Obarski give Shawn Bibeau some competition at kicker. He nailed a 41-yard field goal.
  • This team has a long way to go before it will contend for a conference title. Football is like the Kentucky Derby though, you never know. I thought last year’s team was great, and it finished 6-5. Right now, this group looks to struggle to get to .500. But so many other things come into play like team chemistry, togetherness, injuries, unexpected all-conference performances, fortune, coaching, leadership and maturity.  

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