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Jeff Kolpack, Published February 25 2014

Bison prepare to open first spring football season under new head coach

FARGO – Some of it will depend on the weather, but North Dakota State is set to begin its first spring football season under new head coach Chris Klieman at the end of March.

The annual spring game will be April 26 at the Fargodome.

Like the past two years, the fact NDSU’s season extended into early January will have an impact on practice as well as the annual intrasquad game. Several players underwent procedures that will probably keep them out until next fall.

For instance, the Bison are down to 10 available offensive linemen for spring football, and if any of them get hurt, that could put some creativity into the Green vs. Gold game.

“We’re a work in progress,” Klieman said.

So is recruiting, which saw two more players sign letters of intents. Both are safeties in Jaylaan Wimbush from St. Petersburg, Fla., and Molick Scott from Greensboro, N.C.

Klieman said the Bison still have scholarship room to add at least one more player. He’s looking at either an offensive lineman, defensive lineman or both.

“It’s pretty selective,” he said.

Asked if he would consider going the junior college route, Klieman said, “the best available is what I would say.”

He said freshman defensive tackle Austin Farnlof, who missed last season with an ACL injury, has progressed well in winter workouts and will be able to practice 100 percent in spring ball. The defensive line is perhaps the unit most in need of developing depth.

The Bison lost four seniors who manned the interior two spots as well as saw a freshman recruit leave.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

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