The latest news and notes from South Dakota State football fall camp. Half pads were in play Wednesday:
Two returners and one newcomer left the team prior to the start of camp: junior defensive end Nick Krings, redshirt freshman cornerback Herman Kleinsasser and redshirt freshman offensive lineman Ty Soulek.
Krings appeared in 12 games last season, totaling one tackle and half a sack. However, he was the No. 5 defensive end coming out of the spring meaning he was in line to get time. He is expected to remain at SDSU.
Kleinsasser is a Sully Buttes grad. Less is known about his future plans.
As for Soulek, his decision was related to a shoulder issue. He’s likely to go into business with his dad. His younger bro, Kellen, is at camp and eating up a lot of space on the defensive interior at nearly 300 pounds.
As for the coach that left SDSU, co-defensive coordinator Jay Bubak, he’s off to Kazakhstan. Yes, Kazakhstan - Borat’s home turf. Bubak, his wife and their five kids left Brookings on Wednesday. He’ll do mission work and contribute to a popcorn operation that’s run by his father-in-law.
From the moving but not leaving department, SDSU has made a couple of position adjustments. Redshirt freshman Dallas Brown goes from corner to safety, while true freshman Cole Langer will play defensive end instead of linebacker. Langer, the grandson of NFL Hall of Fame center Jim Langer, came to camp at 260 pounds, putting on weight relatively easily as expected now that he’s not playing so many different sports.
When SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier won his 100th game last season, a couple football were stamped to honor the achievement. One of them now is being used at practice, a fact that caught a player and an assistant off guard at different times Wednesday - they figured it was a mistake and attempted to set aside the ball.
Corner Trey Carr, an SDSU commit for 2014, was named to the Super 6 by the Omaha World Herald meaning the newspaper considers him one of the top six players in Nebraska.
Former Jacks receiver Dale Moss will make his Carolina Panthers preseason debut Friday against the Chicago Bears - the last team to cut him.
Redshirt freshman running back Isaac Rodriguez put on 25 pounds since last season. Meanwhile, true freshman back Bridgeport Tussler, the reining Minnesota prep player of the year, suffered a broken leg during the offseason and will be brought along appropriately.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.