NDSU football team set to begin spring football under new head coach Chris KliemanFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The three time defending national champions of the FCS, return to the football field on Saturday, as NDSU opens spring practice under new head coach Chris Klieman.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The three time defending national champions of the FCS, return to the football field on Saturday, as NDSU opens spring practice under new head coach Chris Klieman.
Chris Klieman/NDSU Football Head Coach: “My biggest challenge will be to understand that I'm not the assistant anymore and let the coaches’ coach. That's what I plan on doing. I want to make sure that I'm with the offense quite a bit. So that will probably be the biggest change for me, going out there when the first horn blows and I don't have to be anywhere.”
You know the pressure that comes with the job, I'm sure you felt it right away at that first press conference. Do you feel it’s ratcheted up a notch now that you will actually be out on the field come Saturday?
Klieman: “Not in spring ball. I think spring ball is a time where we try to find out who our players are, where our depth is, who do we need to develop. I don't think I'll feel that. It will just be a different position, a different spot to look at things from. Looking at things both offensively and defensively.”
I think obviously the biggest question for Bison fans, is it Carson Wentz's job to lose? What do you need to see out of him in the spring to make sure he is the number one guy going into the fall?
Klieman: “Carson would be the first one to tell you, it's not my job, I've got to go out and win the job. That's what I like so well about Carson is, don't hand it to me, I'll earn it. The thing that I've really been impressed with Carson with is his leadership abilities and his leadership qualities in the weight room, in the winter conditioning. just being that vocal guy and you can tell that people will follow.”
King Frazer is obviously a notable name. What do you want to see out of him in the spring?
Klieman: “He's got to come in and learn our system. We're different. Nebraska and NDSU are different. What we're expecting out of him is probably a little bit different. He has high expectations for himself and he's a really prideful young man which I like. Coach Paulasek will reign him in and reign them all in. You have to play our system our way. You can see in winter conditioning he has come explosiveness for a kid who is 225 pounds, or 222 pounds somewhere in there. He's the type of back that's had success here.”
A handful of players including Colten Heagle and linebackers Carlton Littlejohn and Travis Beck, will sit out spring workouts, while recovering from injury.