SIOUX FALLS, S.D (KELO) – Augustana Football gained its first convention championship of any form in 62 years final fall. The Vikings went 9-3 total however would fall to Bemidji State within the first spherical of the NCAA playoffs. With spring practices underway, Augie isn’t wanting to make use of final 12 months as momentum.
It was a historic season final fall for Augustana, however as Head Coach Jerry Olszewski says 2021 is useless.
“It all starts over again. The journey begins now during spring ball. That’s the exciting part. You know who’s the new leaders, some of the adjustments we had to make. Some of the things we weren’t as good at, install those things. Then the performance level, just trust the process of it,” Head Coach Jerry Olszewski mentioned.
The greatest query mark heading into the spring, is who will change Kyle Saddler at quarterback. Senior Connor Neil together with sophomores Thomas Scholten and Carter Robinson are battling for the beginning spot.
“You get a good balance of three different kind of players. I really like what our offensive staff has done to compliment the skills of those three,” Olszewski mentioned.
“We’re very confident in all of our quarterbacks. Anyone of them can play at anytime. So the competition is really high in that room right now,” Wide Receiver Devon Jones mentioned.
Defensively the Vikings lose the likes of All-American Logan Swanson, however just like the items they’ve coming again. This spring, their focus is straightforward.
“You know we were really great against the run, led the nation at all levels against the run, but we gave up too many explosive plays in the pass. So that’s been the focus of what we looked at in the offseason and what we’re working on in this spring ball now,” Olszewski mentioned.
Augie misplaced 26 seniors from the autumn, and the void left by that group has solely upped the extent of competitors this spring.
“It’s all about competing for spots and creating that middle class. Those two’s, three’s, those guys that can really compete on special teams,” Linebacker Eli Weber mentioned.
“Our one’s are one’s for a reason. We got to get the two’s, three’s and four’s to climb closer to that, and close the performance gap so we have the depth that we’ve been blessed with the last couple seasons,” Olszewski mentioned.
Augustana hosts its spring recreation at 1:00 O’clock on April twenty third and can conclude spring observe with a helmets solely session on the twenty sixth.