Below are three position groups to watch as Minnesota State Moorhead opens fall football camp Saturday. The common theme to each is youth.
The Dragons have 45 true freshmen and 13 redshirt freshmen on their 89-man roster, according to head coach Steve Laqua.
“I anticipate with as much youth as there is the depth chart is something that is going to be moving fairly frequently.”
- Quarterback: The Dragons don’t have one quarterback on the roster who has taken a snap in a college football game. Redshirt freshman Myles Montplaisir, from Fargo Shanley, tops the depth chart. Redshirt freshman Ryan Toelle is No. 2 on the depth chart. Laqua said true freshmen Justin Geiter and Jake Hodge will also have a chance to compete for spots on the depth chart. “We’ve got to feel good with the starter and we’ve got to feel good with the backup,” Laqua said.
- Offensive line: MSUM has a senior, junior and three sophomores slated to start as it enters fall camp. In addition, Laqua said three incoming freshmen are also going to vie for spots on the depth chart. “How fast your young offensive linemen come around will be important,” Laqua said. “That is a place that we need to be better.”
- Secondary: Laqua said he expects six incoming freshmen two compete for spots on the two-deep depth chart at both safety spots and cornerback. Sophomore Zack Askelson is one of the few players with experience coming back in the secondary. Askelson was fifth on the team in tackles last fall with 33. “We are extremely young back there,” Laqua said.