The Minot State football team braved the elements this morning as they kicked off spring football drills. Despite temperatures below freezing,
the football team hit the field just before 6 a.m. The Beavers will have 15 practices over the next month and for new head football coach Todd Hoffner, it's a chance to evaluate where the team is at and which direction it needs to go.
Todd Hoffner, MSU Football Coach:I think it's awesome to be out here with our young men, give them an opportunity to work with a football and actually train together and get our co-coordinators an opportunity to introduce our new scheme, it's a great day to be a Beaver. I think we got a lot of energy, I think the guys are really adhering to what we're trying to teach and what we're coaching and it's a fresh start for everybody so it's a great time for us to assess, to evaluate, to get an opportunity to see these young men playing football basically. We obviously still have recruiting to do, we're excited to work with the men that are here, they're all a part of our program and you know everything's going great so far but it's day one. At times it didn't look like football but at other times it did so it's pretty typical for day one stuff but I'm happy the direction that we're going.
Leon LaDeaux, Sophomore:It's exciting. It's always nice to get back on the field, 5 in the morning doesn't bother us, it's good that we got a lot of faces in this year, we need competition, we need to build depth, everyone's competing for a starting job, no one's, to the coaches here, no one's a returning starter no one's a returning bench warmer, everyone has an opportunity to compete which has been great. It's going to help us reach that next level.
Levi Freidt, Senior:Going back to the past years, spring ball, we've installed something different every spring ball so kind of nothing new to me that we're changing something up again I mean so it's, we're going to learn it, we're going to do it and we're going to stick to this through the fall I mean.
The Beavers also have named Brian Boerboom as their new offensive coordinator. Boerboom was the offensive line coach at Southeast Missouri.
The Beavers will wrap up spring camp with an intersquad scrimmage on May 2nd.