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Jeff Kolpack, Published August 15 2012

Bison football senior Bruhn returns to the field

FARGO – Upon further review, North Dakota State tight end Garrett Bruhn might play after all. The senior was back at practice on Wednesday, much earlier than expected.

Bruhn missed the first two weeks of practice with nerve damage in his shoulder.

“The initial outlook was not very promising,” said head coach Craig Bohl.

He’s still not out of the woods. Bohl said doctors will evaluate his shoulder to see how it responds to full contact. It’s a position that is not real deep with the departure of senior Matt Veldman and the unknown injury status of junior Kevin Vaadeland.

Bruhn was fifth on the team in receptions last year with 11. As a position, tight ends had 44 catches last year.

“We’re not where we want to be right now,” Bohl said. “We’re not as deep or executing how we want to if we’re going to play winning football.”

Bison picked to win Summit volleyball title

NDSU was picked to win its third straight Summit League volleyball title in a vote of league coaches.

The Bison picked up six first-place votes. Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne got the other three for second place. The Mastodons were followed by Oakland University, South Dakota State, IUPUI, South Dakota, Missouri-Kansas City, Western Illinois and Nebraska-Omaha.

Omaha, in its first year in the league, is ineligible for the tournament title because it is going through an NCAA transition. This will be the first year USD will be eligible for post-season competition.

NDSU opens its season a week from Friday at the Northern Illinois Invitational.

Etc. etc. etc.

NDSU announced the football intrasquad scrimmage scheduled for Saturday will be closed to the public, family and media. … Starting running back Sam Ojuri (strained knee) returned to full pads for the first time in fall camp. … Freshman receiver Carey Woods from Bemidji, Minn., joined the team after taking care of an NCAA Clearinghouse eligibility issue.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia

Kolpack is the host of the WDAY Golf Show Saturdays from 8-9 a.m. on 970-AM.