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Published April 08, 2012, 08:41 PM

Bison defense looks to be in good hands

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It happens every season, players graduate and new players have to step in. Half way through Spring ball, the Bison defense looks to be in good hands.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- It happens every season, players graduate and new players have to step in. Half way through Spring ball, the Bison defense looks to be in good hands.

Defensive coordinator Chris Kleiman is in a new role himself.

The defense punished the offense in Saturday's scrimmage, especially up front where the Bison return a pretty strong corps. The group is led by Junior-to-be Cole Jirik who finished second on the team in sacks last season with 7.

Jirik spent the last few seasons learning from All-Missouri Valley first teamer Coulter Boyer, but realizes his role needs to change.

Jirik says, " I grew up with Coulter and Stocynzki ahead of me the whole time. So, they were the leadership to look up to. Now that they're gone I have to step up and lead some of the younger guys. We have a pretty young defense the way it is. So, we have to find some defensive leaders. Ah, I think we have the makings to be a pretty good defense again. We're still a long way out from where we were last year. We have all of fall and half of spring here left. So, we have the potential to get there, but potential is a dangerous word."

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