College football: Sioux offensive line ages fast
The last players to leave Memorial Stadium on Wednesday were the Sioux offensive linemen. They stayed to watch film of the team's scrimmage the day before. "We're young," UND offensive line coach Rod Carey said. "We have to spend the extra time."...
The last players to leave Memorial Stadium on Wednesday were the Sioux offensive linemen.
They stayed to watch film of the team's scrimmage the day before.
"We're young," UND offensive line coach Rod Carey said. "We have to spend the extra time."
Regardless of what was learned watching the film, it simply was a good day for the offensive line.
Senior offensive linemen Kyle Bondy and David Koelln both were cleared to play by UND's medical staff, a welcome addition for a relatively inexperienced Sioux line that enters next week's opener at Texas Tech. The two had not participated in full drills since the start of preseason camp earlier this month.
"Our depth got a lot better today," Carey added.
Bondy is projected as a starter. Koelln also will be in the mix.
Bondy, a 6-foot-6, 290-pound left tackle, was a second-team all-Great West Conference selection last season. Koelln, a center, worked his way into the starting lineup but battled through injuries much of the season.
"It's my senior year and I want to be out there," said Koelln, a 6-5, 279-pounder from Rochester, Minn.
Carey said the Sioux will work with 10 offensive linemen this season. But there are only three seniors in the bunch -- Bondy, Koelln and Zach Keller.
Bondy is projected to start at left tackle while Keller is the likely starter at right guard.
The absence of the two seniors from UND's preseason camp, however, has opened the door for younger linemen.
Carey said the starting lineup hasn't been set. But there have been a couple of younger players who have taken a lot of reps opened some eyes so far.
"Creighton Schroyer is the surprise of the camp," Carey said.
Schroyer, a 6-3, 276-pound junior from Pipestone, Minn., has been playing right tackle in camp.
Ian McGurran, a redshirt freshman from Fargo North, has been taking reps at center.
If the starting line next week at Tech includes Bondy, junior left guard Keith Queoff, McGurran, Keller and Schroyer, it will be a line that includes two seniors, two juniors and a redshirt freshman.
It also could be one of the lightest lines in recent seasons. The average weight of the group is 280 pounds.
But it's a line that is improving daily, Carey said. And help -- in the form of experience -- has finally arrived.
"If we can get Dave and Kyle into the mix, we'll be fine," Carey said.
And Koelln fully expects to be in the mix, starting today. Like his teammates, Koelln can't wait for next week's opportunity at Texas Tech.
"It's probably the game of my year, probably of my career," Koelln said.
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