Dickinson State will be without senior tight end Nate Zachmann for at least two games and possibly more after the Beach High School graduate injured the acromioclavicular (AC) joint in his right shoulder during the Blue Hawks’ loss at Montana Western last Saturday in Dillon, Mont.
“I just went up for the ball, and it was just off the tip of my fingers,” Zachmann said. “I came down on my right side. The guys came on top of me and it just snapped. I got up and I thought I was OK. It felt like a stinger is what it felt like. But I got up way too fast and I could feel it moving up and down, it was pretty nasty.”
The AC joint is at the top of the shoulder. Zachmann essentially suffered a badly separated shoulder.
He said he will be out for Saturday’s game against Montana State-Northern, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Badlands Activities Center, and will also miss the team’s trip to Southern Oregon.
Zachmann had three catches for 25 yards in the Blue Hawks’ first two games, including a 6-yard TD reception in the season opener against Rocky.
Zachmann has been primarily a blocking tight end, but had 14 receptions for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the 2011 season and looked to be more of a pass-catching receiver this year.
Now, the Blue Hawks will have to look to untested junior Brock Overbo – a true blocking tight end – and converted receiver Cody Clausen, a redshirt freshman, to play in their double tight end sets. It sounds like Cameron Hughes, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound starting defensive tackle on an already thin defensive front, could see some time at tight end in goal-line offenses and special teams situations.
“I’m confident in Cody and Brock, who are going to be backing me up,” Zachmann said. They’ll be working together and I’ll be on the sideline helping them.”