Steve Laqua liked what he saw from one side of the football during Sunday’s Minnesota State Moorhead scrimmage. The second-year head coach didn’t like what he saw from the other side.
“I thought the defense played well, extremely well,” Laqua said. “I thought the offense played poorly.”
The Dragons ran 60 plays Sunday, which was the first scrimmage of fall camp. Laqua said he expected the defense to be ahead of the offense at this point since the defense has more returning experience.
“It’s not a surprise,” Laqua said. “It doesn’t make it easier to swallow.”
Redshirt freshman quarterback Myles Montplaisir took around 25 snaps at quarterback. Montplaisir is No. 1 on the depth chart to this point of fall camp.
“Nothing is in stone,” Laqua said. “The race is not over. He is in the lead right now.”
Redshirt freshman Ryan Toelle, and true freshmen Justin Geiter and Jake Hodge are also in that QB mix.
Laqua said three true freshmen have a solid chance for playing time on the offensive line – left tackle Brennen Bierman, left guard Troy Peterson and center Jake Antolak.
The Dragons also look to be young in the secondary, but Laqua likes the talent at those spots.
“They are very much improved from a year ago, our talent level,” Laqua said.
True freshman Shea DeJong is in the lead to start at strong safety. True freshman Nico Caramella and sophomore Anthony Binford are in competition at the other safety spot.
Sophomore Zack Askelson, redshirt freshman Chris Binford and true freshmen Sheldon Jones, Jaylen Raye and Brandon Nelson are all competing for time at the two cornerback spots.
Laqua said true freshman running back Zayne Medhaug, from Wahpeton, N.D., is challenging for a spot near the top of the depth chart.