Bison come out of 2015 relatively healthy; Morlock, Shepherd slated to miss spring ball
FARGO - Two North Dakota State players will miss spring football because of shoulder injuries, but in the grand scheme of a 15-game season, the Bison actually came out of the year in pretty good shape.
FARGO – Two North Dakota State players will miss spring football because of shoulder injuries, but in the grand scheme of a 15-game season, the Bison actually came out of the year in pretty good shape.
Wide receiver Darrius Shepherd and running back Chase Morlock both will be sidelined for a few months because of shoulder ailments-Shepherd, a separation that dated back to the South Dakota State game, and Morlock, a torn labrum. Both will be back for summer workouts, said head coach Chris Klieman.
NDSU won its fifth straight FCS title on Jan. 9 and the post-season injury list has been far worse in other years. For instance, eight key contributors in the 2012 title missed spring football in 2013.
"Actually it's really good," Klieman said of his team's health, although he cautioned it's possible a couple more players could face a medical procedure. "We'll find out but if not, that would be great if it were only those two."
Klieman said the fact NDSU's defense played less snaps this season was one factor. Plus, the Bison rotated more players on defense than they did last year for sure and possibly the year prior. On offense, the Bison rotated six players consistently on the offensive line. The running back depth went as far down as four players.
"It helped in that we didn't put such a load on those guys," Klieman said.
Klieman said backup defensive tackle Austin Farnlof left the team, but still plans to remain in school and graduate at NDSU. The junior redshirted in 2012 and sat out all of 2013 with an injury. He played in just three games this season.