North Dakota State begins its spring football drills on Wednesday morning inside the Dacotah Field bubble. Head coach Chris Klieman will hold a press conference to preview spring ball today at 1. On the eve of these fifteen practices starting up, here’s five guys I’m watching over the next month that Bison fans should have an eye on as well.
- Jabril Cox – 6’3, 230 lbs, linebacker – The redshirt freshman turned heads during fall camp and according to the coaches nearly had his redshirt pulled. His athleticism jumps off the page at you when you watch him. Cox is listed as the backup at the sam linebacker spot to Chris Board, but a strong spring could carry him to the starting spot by the time August rolls around.
- Adam Cofield – 5’11, 205 lbs, running back – Cofield was the top running back commit for the Class of 2016 and likely will get an opportunity this spring to work his way into the offense. Lance Dunn and Bruce Anderson return, Demaris Purifoy and Ty Brooks are also in the mix, but Cofield’s raw ability bears watching. His speed stood out to me on his tape in high school, curious to see how it translates to college.
- Dillon Radunz – 6’6, 288 lbs, offensive tackle – Radunz has the attention of the Bison staff simply because of his talent and ability. Radunz remember told Mizzou no the day before signing day last February. He’s currently listed as the backup at left tackle to Colin Conner and going up against Greg Menard and the Tuzska brothers will get him ready for what the Valley holds. I’m not a great offensive line mind, but he looks very impressive.
- Cordell Volson – 6’6, 299 lbs, offensive tackle – Speaking of very impressive, that’s exactly what Cordell Volson is. Volson is the hidden gem among the Bison coaches, growing by 30 pounds during his redshirt season. He’s not among the initial two-deep to start the spring, but believe that will change by April 22nd. His talent is just starting to show thru that by fall camp, he’s among the guys getting reps up front.
- Cole Karcz – 6’4, 263 lbs, defensive tackle – Karcz was on the road to seeing the field last year before a foot injury derailed those plans late in the season. He’s moved from the outside to the inside, to a spot where NDSU desperately needs some help. Karcz has great strength and speed and going against Tanner Volson and Austin Kuhnert can only help in both of those areas. It’s important that he stays healthy this spring as NDSU evaluates what they have up the middle.
UPDATED (5:05 pm): Here’s the depth chart NDSU released prior to today’s press conference: