MSU-Northern football players are on campus as the coaching staff, under the direction of first year head coach Andrew Rolin get ready for the start of drills, that will lead to their season and home opener August 25th. The start of a new season with a new staff and many new players, coach Rolin says it’s best to begin from the ground up.
“The basics of the game of football because to be honest games are won and lost with those fundamentals. I don’t care what anybody says. There’s going to be install one, two, and three are still going to be hefty offensively. Defensively it’ll be a little more simplistic. There’s going to be a large focus on blocking, tackling and ball security. And taking the ball away on defense.”
While there will be plenty of new faces on the field, as the instruction gets underway, there are some players who have already been going through the learning process.
“Lot of our incoming guys whether it be a junior college transfer, 4 year transfer or freshman, incoming guy, we’ve had 15 or 16 of those guys that have been here since July. We got an idea about a lot of those guys. The rest of those incoming guys will have a conditioning test the first day,” says coach Rolin.
The Lights coaching staff will waste little time with only practices and drills for evaluation as on August 11th, they will have their first full scrimmage.
“Number one we always assess effort but after that it’s going to be execution. I don’t care how fast you are, how big you are or how strong you are. If you can’t execute the offense, defense or special teams then you can’t help us win. That’s what the 11th comes down to. It’s the quickest scrimmage I’ve ever had but it’s necessary given the amount of time we have before our first game,” said Rolin.
The scrimmage on Saturday the 11th will begin at 9:50 in the morning. The Lights open their football season Saturday August 25th vs. Mayville State. Kick-off at 1pm. This game and every game of the MSU-Northern football season will air live on QX-92.5FM and KPQX.com.