An offense is only as good as it's line.
But with a lot of young players on the Dickinson State team--growing can often be painful.
Jon Schaeffer takes a look at how that youth could develop into the Bluehawk's biggest strength in years to come.
Success for an offense doesn't start with the guy under center-- or the top tier running back.
It's the battles in the trenches that make the difference.
(HANK BIESIOT)"It's important you can't, it's what's up front that counts. It's a blend, it's still a work in progress."
For Dickinson State this season has been rough on the O-line
Youth is the biggest problem--of the 12 Offensive linemen on the roster-- 9 are sophomores or freshmen.
Because of the inexperience up front-- it's hard making sure every one is working as one.
(BIESIOT)"It's a communication thing. A lot of it especially if you aren't gifted with an unusual amount of ability it takes that communication and getting used to and getting some confidence in the guy next to you. We're still working on that a little bit.
Ryan Payne is one of two seniors on the offensive line.
Head coach Hank Biesiot is hoping that Payne can help mold these young players now so they become a strong unit in years to come.
(BIESIOT)"I think the best way is watch you do every day how you practice, that sets the best example. Game day brings everybody has got their own way maybe in game day but it all starts in practice and I think Ryan and Nick Yelton both did a real good job of setting tempo."
(RYAN PAYNE) "You come in with a certain set of skills and that can be improved by the things that you can control. The attitude the effort that's what our coaches, and myself try to stress with everyone whether we win or lose or what the situation is you can control how good you want to be. your attitude every play and the effort you put forth."
The growth of the young line at DSU could amount to offensive success down the road.
For Payne he's going to keep playing hard in the trenches-- even it doesn't get him much glory.
(RYAN PAYNE) "That's all I've ever known playing football is playing the line. Never touched the football or anything like that so that's all I really know but I love it and I wouldn't trade it for anything."
Dickinson State travels to Butte this weekend to play Montana Tech. The Diggers have lost 4 straight games, they are 1 and 4 this season.