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Forum staff reports, Published August 15 2009

Bison Camp Update

Impressions after the ninth day of North Dakota State fall football practice:

Cornerback Josh Gatlin, a transfer from the North Dakota State College of Science, started to get in the flow after sitting out the first week with transcript issues associated with his transfer. At almost 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Gatlin provides a physical presence on the corner in much the same fashion as John Richardson did last year. “And he has excellent speed,” Bohl said.

Returner/receiver Shamen Washington had a couple of dynamic plays, which Bohl called “encouraging to see.” Washington never fully recovered after his knee injury in the spring of 2008.

Linebacker Preston Evans returned to full contact practice after missing time with a groin injury. Evans will be counted on as one of the leaders of the defense. “He has the ability when he smacks people to get the ball out and put it on the ground,” Bohl said. “We need him out there.”

There was no movement in the quarterback position, which Bohl called “a competitive battle.”

– Jeff Kolpack