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Jeff Kolpack, Published November 03 2009

Bison notebook: Bohl Q&A turns into injury rundown

The weekly Craig Bohl news conference has turned into the North Dakota State injury report in recent weeks. Monday was no different.

Freshman quarterback Jose Mohler has bursitis in his throwing arm, but the fact the Bison are idle Saturday may be enough time for him to start against Indiana State in two weeks.

NDSU disclosed following the 14-7 win at Western Illinois on Saturday that Mohler had trouble throwing the deep ball because of swelling “up and down his arm.”

“If he gets back to full speed, he’ll start,” Bohl said. “We’ll see how he progresses.”

Last year at this time, Bohl figured his team had more injuries than he had ever seen. On Monday, he said this year has topped last year.

“I’ve coached 29 years and I’ve never had two kickers hurt,” he said. “I’ve never had one hurt. Sometimes you just have years like this and that’s what I attribute it to. We’ve sustained a lot of injuries that I would not have foreseen.”

Cornerback Richard Bowman, whose career was nearly over two years ago because of spinal surgery, lost some feeling in his body after a collision near the goal line against the Leathernecks. His status is uncertain.

Also, fullback Lee Vandal and defensive tackle Matt Gratzek will probably return with undisclosed injuries. Linebacker Eddie Beson, however, may have a meniscus tear in his knee and could be lost for the final two games.

It’s the opposite knee that Beson tore two up two years ago. If he can’t play, that leaves true freshman Brandon Jemison as the only regular left at linebacker. Jemison played outstanding against Western Illinois, Bohl said, and is having one of the best Bison freshman seasons at that position in a long time.

Bohl said his play is ahead of where Ramon Humber was at in his freshman year. Humber is a rookie with the Indianapolis Colts.

“Linebacker in the Tampa 2 system is a complicated position,” Bohl said. “It takes more than just being aggressive. He’s the strongest, most explosive 200 pounds that I’ve been around.”

Bison women open with mix of veterans, youth

The NDSU women, who open their season tonight with an exhibition game against Minnesota State Moorhead, will start five familiar faces: guards Katie Birkel and Inger Hodgson, forwards Abby Plucker and Ashley Samuelson and center Jill Zaruba.

Plucker, who missed almost all of last season, is completely healed from shoulder surgery, said head coach Carolyn DeHoff.

“She looks great,” she said.

Look for a mix of true freshmen to make a bid to get into the regular substitution rotation. Center Janae Burich and guard Hannah Linz are the best bets followed by guards Danielle DaGagne and Ashley Tingelstad.

Freshman outside hitter takes Summit honor

Freshman outside hitter Brynn Joki was named Summit League women’s volleyball Offensive Player of the Week after hitting .633 with zero attacking errors and averaged 3.17 kills per set in 3-0 victories over UMKC and Southern Utah last week.

Joki hit .625 with 10 kills, five digs, two blocks and a career-high two service aces in the win over UMKC. She had a career-high .643 hitting percentage with nine kills, seven digs and three blocks against Southern Utah.

The Bison host South Dakota State Saturday in their last regular season home match.

“This will be a week of push and make sure not feeling too comfortable,” said head coach Erich Hinterstocker. “We’re going go press this week.”

Etc. etc. etc.

The Bison soccer team, which clinched a share of The Summit League title by defeating Centenary Monday, will take the No. 3 seed to the conference tournament this weekend at top-seeded South Dakota State. … Running back Pat Paschall regained his status as the top rusher in Division I Football Championship Subdivision averaging 141.0 yards per game. Meanwhile, senior Shamen Washington went from 24th to seventh in kickoff returns with a 27.8-yard average. NDSU is 25th in total offense averaging 385.2 yards per game. … Head men’s basketball coach Saul Phillips said senior Josh Vaughan is the “clear No. 1 pick” to take over the starting point guard duties. Freshman Nate Zastrow and sophomore Drew Lundberg are in a battle for backup minutes. … Of the true freshman, Phillips said 6-3 guard Mike Felt will play and 6-9 forward Jordan Aaberg and Zastrow will probably play, although he said the final decision to redshirt is the players’. Guard Taylor Braun will definitely redshirt.


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