There’s competition on NDSU offensive lineFARGO — The North Dakota State defense was lauded as the victor last week in the annual Green vs. Gold spring football game. That doesn’t mean it’s time to pull the alarm for the offense.
By: Jeff Kolpack, Forum Communications Co.
FARGO — The North Dakota State defense was lauded as the victor last week in the annual Green vs. Gold spring football game. That doesn’t mean it’s time to pull the alarm for the offense.
The fact neither offense scored a touchdown is not cause to push the panic button, said offensive line coach Scott Fuchs.
“By the 15th day of practice, both sides have a decent idea of what the other side is doing and what the snap count is,” he said. “It’s a little bit unrealistic.”
NDSU ended spring ball without many depth chart surprises in the offensive line. Junior left tackle Billy Turner, senior center Joe Lund and junior right guard Tyler Gimmestad will go into fall as undisputed starters.
It will be the third year as a starter for Turner, who turned heads when he earned a starting spot as a true freshman. He’s expected to be one of the top players at his position in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision next season.
“He’s a lot more involved and a very athletic big man,” Fuchs said. “I will tell you this: He’s not sitting on that fact. He works hard in trying to improve on that.”
The Bison spent this spring trying to replace tackle Paul Cornick and left guard Austin Richard, both of whom were cornerstones the last two years. Richard was a four-year starter.
Junior Anthony LaVoy, senior Ty Beckius and freshman Josh Colville will battle at left guard in fall camp, Fuchs said. Colville missed half of spring ball with a minor knee procedure.
Right tackle has a similar competitive look with junior Jesse Hinz, sophomore Jason Pomerenke and junior Jeff Jerve. Hinz moved from center this spring.
“I think he’s better suited at tackle than center,” Fuchs said.
The 6-5 Pomerenke is up to 306 pounds and Jerve — who earned a starting spot a year ago in spring football — is still recovering from a knee injury.
“That’s a little bit of a wild card,” Fuchs said.
In all, head coach Craig Bohl said the offense finished the spring ahead of where it was a year ago.
“I know what we saw out there is not the finished product,” Fuchs said.
Kolpack is a sports reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.