FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- North Dakota State has taken an extended break in spring football practices with five days off in between sessions on the field.
One of the things head coach Chris Klieman wanted to develop this spring is depth.
Klieman said he felt like the starters last season were good but the Bison were lacking when the first stringers would come off the field.
One of the position groups where developing depth will be a key is a group where all four starters return.
The defensive backfield brings back safety Tre Dempsey, who led NDSU in interceptions in 2016, along with fellow safety Robbie Grimsley.
"Well it’s probably the first spring since I've been here where we actually have some experience coming back and it’s refreshing,” DB’s coach Joe Klanderman said.
Cornerbacks Jaylaan Wimbush and Jalen Alison are also back.
“Guys are playing a lot faster this spring than they've ever played since I've been here, in four years or whatever. So I'm really excited about the progress these guys are making, not just the starting four but the next, really, 10 guys,” Klanderman said.
“We've got a lot of guys that are playing fast and doing a lot of things right."
The Bison still have 11 spring practices remaining culminating in the annual Green and Gold Spring Game April 22nd.
You can watch the Spring Game on the KVLY/KFYR Bison Football Network with coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m.