Minnesota State Moorhead announced the signing of 27 players to its football program Wednesday. Dragons head coach Steve Laqua said one of the focuses in this class was finding players to upgrade the defense.
Here is the complete Dragons list:
Hunter Braaten, WR, 5-10, 160, Westhope, N.D. (Westhope-Newburg HS)
Jake Busse, DL, 6-3, 245, Waseca, Minn. (Waseca HS)
Jeff Cesario, DL, 6-0, 260, New Lenox, Ill. (Providence Catholic HS)
Tyler Eidsness, DB, 5-10, 175, Moorhead, Minn. (Moorhead HS)
Andrew Erickson, OL, 6-6, 270, St. Croix Falls, Wis. (St. Croix Falls HS)
Kayne Griffith, RB, 5-9, 170, Colfax, N.D. (Richland County HS)
Zach Hilliard, LB, 6-2, 185, Erie, Colo. (Louisville HS)
James Inman, DL, 6-2, 210, Bismarck, N.D. (Shiloh Christian HS)
Brett Lawrence, WR, 6-5, 185, Moorhead, Minn. (Moorhead HS)
Tyler Lazarz, TE, 6-5, 230, Antioch, Ill. (Antioch Community HS)
Jon Lehman, DB, 5-11, 178, Brookings, S.D. (Brookings HS)
Drew Lingle, DE, 6-3, 220, Bismarck, N.D.(Bismarck Century HS)
Logan Long, OL, 6-5, 315, Moweaqua, Ill. (Central A&M HS)
Austin Maanum, DB, 5-10, 180, Johnson, Minn. (Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley HS)
Connor McCarthy, LB, 6-0, 212, Minneapolis, Minn. (Holy Angels HS)
Spencer Meyer, DL, 6-6, 220, Grand Forks, N.D. (Central HS)
Jake Miller, OL, 6-5, 287, Sheboygan, Wis. (Sheboygan South HS)
Dustin Neseth, DL, 6-2, 250, Zimmerman, Minn. (Zimmerman HS)
Joe Rademacher, LB, 6-2, 205, St. Croix Falls, Wis. (St. Croix Falls HS)
Jerry Raye, DB, 5-8, 152, Los Alamitos, Calif. (Los Alamitos HS)
Grant Reuer, DB, 6-1, 170, Baxter, Minn. (Brainerd HS)
Lance Ruebke, WR, 5-11, 170, Ada, Minn. (Ada-Borup HS)
Ryan Schock, LB, 6-0, 190, Moorhead, Minn. (Moorhead HS)
Michael Strand, WR, 5-11, 170, Barnesville, Minn. (Barnesville HS)
Carter Thiel, DB, 6-4, 200, Wheaton, Minn. (Wheaton-Herman-Norcross HS)
Wyatt Youngblom, OL, 6-8, 325, Sisseton, S.D. (Sisseton HS)
Chase Montplaisir, QB, Fargo, N.D. (Shanley HS)
Minnesota State Moorhead point guard Malik Wood started to practice again earlier this week, head men’s basketball coach Chad Walthall said.
Wood, who is in his first season with the Dragons, had been sidelined with a high ankle sprain. The 5-foot-9 could see his first action with MSUM on Friday when the Dragons host rival Concordia at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.
“He should be ready to play a little bit on Friday,” Walthall said. “He’s a high energy guy. He is very athletic and very quick.”
Another newcomer, junior forward Urbane Bingham, has led the Dragons in scoring through two games. The 6-foot-8 Bingham is averaging 15.0 points per game in a reserve role.
“He is a big, strong guy,” Walthall said. “He is pretty skilled. He can shoot it. He can post it.”
Friday marks the 183rd meeting between the teams. MSUM has a 101-81 edge in the series against the Cobbers. The Dragons earned a 70-57 victory against Concordia last season.
“It’s our deepest team at this point,” Walthall said. “Whether we’re able to remain deep into conference play is another story.”
Concordia head football coach Terry Horan talks about playing at rival St. John’s this weekend. The Cobbers and the Johnnies are scheduled to play at 1 p.m. Saturday at Clemens Stadium in Collegeville, Minn. Both teams are undefeated (3-0 overall) and 1-0 in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play entering the game.
Minnesota State Moorhead starting quarterback Demetrius Carr has had his freshman season cut short.
Carr is expected to miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his left foot. He is set to have surgery on Friday.
“It was pretty tough for me,” Carr said. “This will be the first season for me that I have missed since I started playing football.”
A true freshman, Carr passed for 369 yards in his college debut last Saturday at Augustana.
“It is especially tough on him,” Dragons head coach Steve Laqua said. “He had his hopes set high on what he could do in the coming weeks.”
Carr will likely be able to receive a medical redshirt and have four years of eligibility remaining, Laqua said.
The Dragons have their home opener at 1 p.m. Saturday against Southwest Minnesota State at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Sophomore quarterback Jake Hodge will start in place of Carr.
Laqua said he also expects sophomore running back Zayne Medhaug to miss at least a month with a knee injury.
Two transfer players had big debuts for the Concordia football team, which earned 39-14 victory against the University of Jamestown last Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium.
Wide receiver Brandon Zylstra and defensive lineman Nate Adams are both former Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference players who are now with the Cobbers. Zylstra played at Augustana and Adams played at Bemidji State.
“Those are two types of guys that you need to get to another level,” Cobbers head coach Terry Horan said of the two Division II transfers.
Zylstra had five catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns against the Jimmies. Adams had five tackles, including one for a loss.
Odds and ends
Domenic Fraboni was moved to the offensive line right before the season-opener against Jamestown. Fraboni spent most of fall camp at fullback. … Senior running back Zach Southwick didn’t play in the season opener with a lower leg injury. Southwick is expected to be a game-time decision for next Saturday’s game at Buena Vista. … Cobbers junior quarterback Griffin Neal had an impressive opener, completing 16 of 19 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Neal, former Fargo South standout, was named MIAC offensive player of the year for his performance. He is only the fourth player in program history to throw for 300 or more yards in a game.