It's easy to get excited and see that football's back already at Minot State and why not? Spring practice began this week with Todd Hoffner, the new head coach of the Beavers, leading the way, and he's looking to improve a team that won just two games last season.
MSU returns some good talent on the offensive end. The Beavers leading passer, rusher, and 2nd leading receiver form last year are all back. Last year is of little concern for Coach Hoffner. He wants players to know that it's clean slate from here on out.
"I like the energy. I like the way our guys are adhering to everything we've been telling them. I think they're gravitating towards the direction and vision of the program and I think that the assistant coaches are doing a fantastic job of motivating our players and getting them fired up to practice," Hoffner says.
The Beavers practice all throughout the month of April, but the main goal at the end of the spring season has nothing to do with strategy.
"Football is a collision sport. There are going to be bumps and bruises. Those kind of things do happen. The biggest thing is we want to come out healthy and we want to learn a lot more about the players that are currently here so that we can assess, evaluate, and also look at what we need to do to add to whatever's here at this point in time," he continues.
Minot State's spring schedule ends with the spring game at Herb Parker, under the lights, on May 2nd.