EJ Welch

The Sioux have recently received a commitment from junior college defensive lineman Euylan (EJ) Welch.  Welch, from Mesabi Range CTC in Minnesota, goes 6’2″ 285 and was an all-conference and honorable mention all-american performer at Mesabi Range.  The Biwabik, MN native should be ready to go next semester for spring ball.

Welch appears to have very good feet and a quick burst off the line of scrimmage to go with his massive size.   He was truly a one-man wrecking crew in the MCCC, ending the season with 6 sacks and 16 TFL’s.  Welch was also a very good basketball player in high school for Mesabi East and it has translated to the football field as he has good agility for a big man.  On top of that, he played basketball for Mesabi Range CTC last season, averaging 9 pts and 5 rebs per game.

He should provide some valuable minutes along the defensive line with the loss of Broc Bellmore and we fully expect him to fight for a starting spot during spring ball.  Learning to take on double teams and play the run consistently in a 3-4 defense will be key to his success.  He will be very valuable if he can learn to play both the DE (5 technique) and the nose guard position in the 3-4 to create depth along the defensive line.  We think he definitely has the size, athleticism and skill to play both positions – a rare combination.


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    Looks like a very impressive athlete at the DL position – nice pickup! Adding both him and DL from NDSCS is a huge plus, especially since UND is losing only one of three starters on the DL (B.Belmore) and none if you consider the late season lineup.

  2. That would be outstanding if he is indeed able to play anywhere on the d-line. Versatility like that is huge, and it speaks to the combination of strength and athleticism he evidently possesses. Great to see he’ll be on campus spring semester as well.

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