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NDSU football team holds first scrimmage of the spring

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The NDSU football team is just two weeks away from its annual Green and Gold Spring Game.

But until that time the new coaching staff is still trying to develop a young group that has the task of filling the holes left by 24 seniors.

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Saturday was a big step forward as the Bison held their first scrimmage of the spring, Chris Klieman got to see his team in full contact; several starters were held out.

But he had to like what he saw right from the get go; first play of the scrimmage, junior quarterback Carson Wentz drops back and throws a perfect pass to Andew Bonnet, he rumbles for 35 yards, the play came back though because of a holding call.

Defense showed up as well, red shirt freshman Alex Hahn, moved to defensive end, shows his speed to get the sack of Wentz.

Story of the day was former NDSCS Wildcat Melvin DeSouza, playing running back for the first time, emerges from the pile and breaks off a 75 yard touchdown run; DeSouza walked on to the team last year, he's from Eden Prairie, scored two touchdowns on the day; he stole the show.

The offensive attack continued as Wentz throws a perfect ball to sophomore Dee Gray, who's hoping for a big spring, he scores the touchdown.

And for good measure another rushing touchdown as former Spud Chase Morlock scampers into the end zone; it was a day dominated by the offense, but the head coach likes where his team sits after three weeks.

Chris Klieman/NDSU Head Coach: "I told our guys offensively we're making too many mistakes jumping off sides and false starts those things have to be cleaned up and on defense one thing we've prided ourselves on is not giving up big plays, can't tackle and can't keep guys in front of you you're going to have a struggle in this league."

Carson Wentz/NDSU Junior Quarterback: "Like to be perfect just like Coach Polasek end of the day is a learning process where we're at very confident offensively we also got to get better, overall 3 weeks in pretty confident where we're at."

Klieman says he hopes to get a couple more players back from injury by the end of the week.

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