(Sioux Falls)- The University of Sioux Falls football team has had a chip on their shoulder since last season ended, after going 9-2, and not getting a playoff berth in their first year in the NSIC.
"We had a good season, but it wasn't enough. We have to do better and we're looking to improve on that this year." says wide reciever Carrington Hanna.
"We thought about it all summer, we came up short of our goals, that's to get to the playoffs." says senior tightend Austin Vanhove.
Head coach Jed Stugart's crew are young. On offense, with only two returning starters, freshman Luke Papillion won the quarterback battle in camp. Senior wide reciever Carrington Hanna is the preseason offensive player of the year candidate in the NSIC.
"They have to keep an eye on him, but that opens things up for the other guys and that's good. Carrington's going to make his plays, but that's what having a guy like that does." says head coach Jed Stugart.
"We've got some new running backs so we can run the ball. We have a number of weapons, and then we've got Carrington Hanna." says junior offensive lineman Derek Delaney.
On defense, only four starters are back. The Coo are young on that side of the ball as well.
"Last year we were good at stopping the run, and that will be a key for us." says sophomore defensive back John Tidwell.
"Since we are young we can't give up the big play. That's key, we can't give up cheap ones." says Stugart.
USF opens the new season at Minnesota-Duluth on Saturday at 6pm.