The next series in the offseason coverage of the North Dakota State football team focuses on several breakthrough players for the 2019 season.
The new NCAA rule that allowed players to play in four games and keep their redshirts seemed to work perfectly for NDSU in 2018. The Bison had several players go that route (Trey Lance, Saybein Clark, Tony Pierce) while other freshmen played a full season amount of games. Destin Talbert was one of those players.
Talbert played in one game thru the first six weeks of the season against North Alabama, but after a couple of injuries to players on special teams, Talbert was inserted into the lineup at Western Illinois. He never saw the bench again, playing the remainder of the season.
Talbert was elevated to backup cornerback as the season went along and showed potential that he will see the field this fall in backing up Marquise Bridges and Josh Hayes. Talbert used that playing experience to his benefit in spring ball and found himself earning more reps as the month of April moved along.
The secondary is an interesting position group for NDSU in 2019 with the graduations of Robbie Grimsley and Jalen Allison, two guys that played a ton of football over the last four years. Talbert seems like a player that could find his way into the mix this fall.