U-Mary football kicks off spring ball

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After an offseason full of gym workouts, U-Mary football is finally putting the pads back on for the start of spring ball.

The Marauders opened year two of the Craig Bagnell era with two practices over the weekend at the Bismarck Golf Bubble.

This time last year the Marauders were about 50 strong. This year, 80 guys are in pads competing.

In this first month, the coaching staff is focusing on situational plays, rather than the whole playbook right away.

“The whole offense is not going in this spring. Our whole defense isn’t going in this spring,” head coach Craig Bagnell said. “We’re putting in our first down offense, our third and medium offense and our red zone offense, so our guys know that when we leave spring ball, our goals are to get better at those areas offensively. That way we can say when we leave spring ball, did we get better or not? And defensively, same deal. We’ve got choice downs, third and short, and red zone defense. Those are our focuses.”

Mastering those situations could go a long way toward improving from last season’s 1-10 record.

“I think we had a lot of close games, a lot of games that were decided by a play or two, really,” wideout Luke Little said. “That’s our big focus: working on those details to make sure we’re winning those extra couple plays that are going to put us over the top in those couple games.”

The Marauders open the season Sept. 5 at home against St. Cloud State.

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