Bison Huddle: Emphasis on Ellefson

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- Tight end and fullback are two positions seemingly being pushed aside by college football coaches around the country with the emphasis being put on speed rather than strength.

The Bison are the anomaly featuring the fullback and tight end extensively in their offense primarily as added run protection but also to catch passes when opposing defenses have been lulled to sleep with the run game.

One of the guys who is expected to take his first snap in a Bison uniform this fall is redshirt freshman tight end Ben Ellefson. At 6’4” and 244 lbs. the Hawley, Minnesota native is leaving an impression on the Bison coaching staff this fall. Head Coach Chris Klieman telling us that Ellefson will be in for a majority of the team’s snaps on offense, depending on the gameplan that week. What Klieman says separates Ellefson from the other tight ends on the roster is his run blocking ability, which, as I mentioned earlier, is the primary reason for the position in the Bison offense calling Ellefson a “dynamite blocker at the point of attack.”

Klieman also said the Bison will rotate the tight ends more this year with the departure of Andrew Bonnett and Luke Albers.
Nate Jenson, Jeff Illies, and Connor Wentz are also in the mix for playing time once the season begins.