Bison Huddle: Kuhnert's leadership coming through

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FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- North Dakota State continues Spring Football workouts with their second scrimmage Friday morning.

While the Bison released a depth chart at the beginning of spring workouts head coach Chris Klieman said it was just a framework and nothing is set in stone.

A position group facing a big turnover from last year's FCS semi-final squad is the offensive line. The "rams" lost three starters from the 2016 group.

Offensive line coach Conor Riley says the group is prepared to have the next man up, citing previous years where they've had to replace guys like Billy Turner and Joe Haeg, both now playing in the NFL.
Senior Austin Kuhnert does return to the line, but is making the move from center to guard. Kuhnert learned the spot in his redshirt freshman year before changing to center the last two years.

"It's going well. I've still got a few things to get back to with how it was my first year," Kuhnert said. "It was pretty simple. I kind of figured at the end [of last season] that I was going to have to change. So I thought reviewing some of the assignments and everything that we needed to do. It wasn't that big of a change at all."

Riley has noticed Kuhnert's emerging leadership qualities this spring.

"The way that he approaches his craft every single day whether its in individual or whether when we're working with younger guys he's getting in that huddle and coaching those guys up," Riley said.
"But the best leadership quality he has is the way that he performs out on the practice field. It is something that I truly appreciate about Austin. The guy loves the game of football and he loves competing."

Spring football concludes with the Green and Gold Spring Game Saturday, April 22nd.

Coverage of the game begins at 12:30 on the KVLY KFYR Bison Football Network.