Biesiot: ILB Jay Grosz out 6-8 weeks

Dickinson State sophomore inside linebacker Jay Grosz will be out an extended amount of time after dislocating and fracturing his left elbow during Thursday night’s football game against Rocky Mountain College.

Grosz walked off the field under his own power following the extra-point attempt on Rocky’s first touchdown early in the second quarter and was immediately carted off the field and taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital.

DSU head coach Hank Biesiot said Saturday that Grosz will miss at least 6 to 8 weeks of the season, but hopes the Mott-Regent High School graduate can return to the team before the end of the season.

“You hope you can get him back late in the year, but … it’s up to his bones,” Biesiot said. “Everybody heals different.”

Biesiot said Grosz thinks the injury happened when he went up to try and block the extra-point attempt and a Rocky offensive lineman rolled over him.

Grosz missed much of hard-hitting work in preseason because of a broken left ring finger. He started Thursday alongside junior Nic Nicastro and, along with senior Jason Kraft, figured to play a major role at the inside linebacker position this season.

“He’s a kid who has really came on and we were looking at as a guy who was a starter,” Biesiot said.

Grosz’s injury suddenly makes DSU’s inside linebacker position look very thin.

Behind Kraft and Nicastro are junior Tyler Schmidkunz, who has shown his abilities as a capable backup in the past, and redshirt freshman Kyle Watson. Biesiot said redshirt freshman Ridgeley Kraft, a Dickinson High graduate who had been playing at both linebacker and fullback in the preseason, will likely return to defense full time.

Because Rocky was more a passing threat, Biesiot said defensive back Trevor Willis played at Grosz’s inside linebacker spot much of Thursday’s game.

made one of the game’s key plays when he sacked Rocky quarterback Mark Desin in the end zone for a safety late in the second quarter, setting up a DSU field goal that cut the Bears’ lead to 13-12 at halftime.

Biesiot said coaches may also look to move one of the Blue Hawks’ two backup outside linebackers, Zach McCoy or Matt Seibert, to the position.

“It’s a place where we don’t have a lot of bodies at right now,” Biesiot said. “When something like this happens, you try to get your best 11 out there.”

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