FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- The first scrimmage of NDSU’s 2016 fall camp is in the books.
The scrimmage was closed to the media, so there isn’t much I can tell you about what transpired, but I was able to catch up with head coach Chris Klieman afterwards and get his take.
- The team went about 60 to 65 plays. Klieman said they didn’t want to go above 70.
- Klieman was pleased with what he saw. He was especially happy with the first team defense and the way they played. Klieman pointed out, when I asked him about the things he didn’t like, the second team defense needed to sure up some things, specifically tackling. Klieman has been talking about building depth all fall and has mentioned how important it is that back-ups are ready to go should they be called upon.
- The roster is not set. I asked about some freshman that are impressing him now two weeks into camp. Klieman pointed out three guys on the offensive side, running backs Adam Cofield and (redshirt freshman) Ty Brooks, along with wide receiver Sean Engel. Klieman said the backfield is crowded but he thinks Brooks can be used in some way this season.
- Klieman said the message to the team is to not be comfortable. Meaning he doesn’t want guys who are presumed starters to be satisfied by just getting the start. Klieman said they are still working on the depth on the offensive line saying they will likely have seven or eight guys rotating in during games this season.
- There are no major injuries to this point. Junior defensive end Nate Tanguay did not participate in the scrimmage Saturday. He has been dealing with a shoulder issue, which limited him all last week, but isn’t expected to miss any games. Same goes for junior wide receiver RJ Urzendowski who has been nursing a tweaked hamstring. Urzendowski also did not participate Saturday but Klieman expects him to be back and ready to go for the season opener.
The Bison will have Sunday off before returning to the practice field next week and beginning their focus on Charleston Southern. Klieman says they will still work on NDSU vs. NDSU but they’ll begin to work in the details of their game plan against CSU.