FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- The Bison released their first depth chart on media day. With as many players who saw the field in 2015 there aren't many surprises but there are still some spots with competition as the camp continues on. We’ll take a look at a few of those spots in this article.
#64 Colin Conner, 6-5, 305, So. Mineral Point, Wisconsin
#68 Zack J. Johnson, 6-6, 301, RFr. Blaine, Minnesota
With Joe Haeg being drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the fifth round it leaves a big void for who will be protecting Easton Stick’s blindside. Colin Conner is listed first on the depth chart. The sophomore appeared in seven games in 2015 after redshirting his first year. During his media day press conference head coach Chris Klieman said they will start to narrow down who will be the starter after their first scrimmage on the second Saturday of Fall Camp. Klieman added he feels really good about the depth and the competition at the tackle spot and along the entire offensive line, mentioning specifically Conner, Luke Bacon, and Tanner Volson. Bacon is listed as the backup to Jack Plankers at right guard while Volson is listed as the backup center behind Austin Kuhnert. In the past, and I don’t expect this to change, the Bison have had a rotation in the offensive line of about 7 or 8 guys based on personnel groupings and different plays.
Jalen Allison, 6-0, 183, So. Papillion, Nebraska
Jaylaan Wimbush, 6-0, 188, So. St. Petersburg, Florida
Tre Fort, 5-8, 180, RFr. Moorhead, Minnesota
With the news of Dakota Reid leaving the team in the first week of camp, this leaves just three players listed on the two-deep for the two spots. Sophomores Jalen Allison and Jaylaan Wimbush saw playing time in 2015. Tre Fort redshirted last year. Klieman says this spot, much like the offensive line, will likely be decided by the time the team enters the third week of fall camp. The Bison also have a few more options to choose from, including Senior Quinton McCoy who played in just four games in 2015 after transferring from Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College, but they are all young and relatively inexperienced. This might be the battle to pay closest attention to this fall camp. Especially when this group will be tested against one of the best receivers in the country when Cooper Kupp and Eastern Washington come to Fargo September 10th.
It’s still very early on and Klieman has said the team’s primary focus is NDSU vs. NDSU during these first two weeks of camp. They won’t even begin to look at Charleston Southern until the Bison are at least two weeks into practice.