Apologies for not posting earlier, some issues on updating the blog, did post the blog on WDAY.com, but here’s our report from Saturday.
Also as most know wide receiver Carey Woods has decided to leave the program. Woods was set to enter his junior year, his fourth year in the program. Woods had his struggles this past season, dropping a couple of passes, but it was something he told me on many occasions he was working on and was ready to take his game to the next level. Woods will always be remembered for his fabulous touchdown catch in the far corner end zone against Northern Iowa when NDSU was behind 13-0. He took a vicious hit against Sam Houston State this year in the semifinals, but was cleared to play in the national championship game. The biggest question going forward is now who picks up the slack at wide receiver? Clearly the two redshirt freshmen, Khayvonn Hawkins and Darrius Shepherd have emerged and now will be counted on.
It should be noted now that’s eleven member s out of 18 of the class of 2012 that are no longer with the school, including all three wide receivers that were recruited (Woods, Gray and Warren).
The other loss is linebacker James Gates, a sophomore out of Wisconsin, he was part of the 2013 recruiting class, he redshirted that season and played in just three games last season, he was a two-time all-state player out of Wisconsin, Menomonie’s all-time sacks leader. That just means the pressure is even greater on Dan Marlette and Levi Jordheim to step up at linebacker, keep an eye as well on Matt Plank, who had a big tackle in the scrimmage yesterday as well.
More updates to come as the final week of spring ball wraps up.