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Eric Peterson, Published January 22 2013

Dragons football team loses leading tackler from last season

MOORHEAD – The leading tackler in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last season has left the Minnesota State Moorhead football program.

Strong safety Shea DeJong plans to transfer to a Division I Football Subdivision Championship program and walk-on, said Dragons head coach Steve Laqua.

“It’s something that initially stings,” Laqua said. “We have to treat it like a senior that was starting there and has graduated.”

The 5-foot-8, 170-pound DeJong started as a true freshman last fall. He had 121 tackles in 11 games for MSUM in the fall, averaging 11 tackles per game to lead the NSIC.

Sophomores-to-be Nico Caramella and Brandon Nelson and junior-to-be Anthony Binford are expected to compete for the starting spot at strong safety, Laqua said.

“They all saw action last year,” Laqua said.

In other roster news, Myles Montplaisir is making a position change to wide receiver. Montplaisir played quarterback for MSUM last fall in his redshirt freshman season.

Montplaisir still could be used at quarterback next fall in short yardage situations to take advantage of his running ability, Laqua said.

National signing day is Feb. 6 and Laqua said the plan is to sign 20-25 players to add to the roster, which currently has around 50 players. With walk-ons, Laqua would like to see the roster reach around 85 players by next fall.

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