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New Era for Augustana Football

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(Sioux Falls)-  First year Vikings head Jerry Olszewski has been working non-stop since taking the job.  He's been the head coach at Division III St. Olaf in Minnesota the past five years, and he's bringing some of that philosphy here.

"As a coach we need work together and improve every day and that will lead to wins.  If we lose you look back to what you need to work on and move on." says Olszewski.  

  On offensive, Augie has eight starters back, one of those is one of the premier running backs in the NSIC in junior Dajon Newell.  Redshirt freshman Trey Heid won the quarterback battle in camp and will be the starting signal caller.

"I'll do whatever I'm asked to help the team. If I carry the ball a lot or have to catch the ball that's fine." says Newell.

"We have some more tools in the tool box this year, we've got two good running backs, our tightends are looking good, and our wide recieviers have looked good as well." says Olszewski.

  On defense, the Vikings have seven returning starters.  This is an area that coach OJ really wants to see improvement on. They gave up too many big plays last year.

"Last year we were more aggressive.  Now we just sit back more and make the play, look for more turnovers." says senior defensive back Thomas Vanasek.

"We don't blitz as much, we just fill the gaps, and each person just makes the play." says senior defensive lineman Jake Lee.

  Augie opens the season at home Saturday against MSU-Moorhead. 

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