BISMARCK, N.D. - Football is the highest-profile fall sport, but during Media Day at the University of Mary soccer, volleyball and cross country also took to the podium.
The Marauders football team knows they have a lot to improve on, and if you're on the fence with that point, just look at the won-loss record. The U-Mary players and coaches are not running from their record but they are using it as motivation.
"So far five practices in, and I'm happy that it's night and day. That's what you really want to see as a head coach after a 1-10 season. That when you're in this spot again, and you're in fall camp and it's starting to get difficult and hot and physical and frustrating and disappointing and exciting and all those things at the same time, that the attitude is night and day. And so far, if you can't tell, what stands before you is a very, very happy football coach at this time," explains Josh Kotelnicki, University of Mary Head Coach.
"Game in and game out we were getting throttled, and it was, I mean, there was a lack of confidence on the field, which is natural I think when you experience something like that. But as juniors last year and transitioning into seniors this year, we realize that, you know, something has to chance. The culture has to change," says Landon Smith, Marauders Senior Defensive Lineman.
The Marauders are making a major change to their offense. U-Mary is going to an option based system.
"There's not a doubt in my mind that we're doing the right thing. You know, we didn't make that decision on a belief in a certain play. I don't care if we run full back traps or bubble screens, frankly, but as it ties to recruiting, as it ties to weather, and scheduling, those are the reasons we made that decision. So, very, very, very excited about the new offense. Looks good," says Kotelnicki.
The Marauders open the season with a night game at Concordia-St.Paul on September 3.
Kaleigh Emery will have much more on U-Mary Senior Zach Podall tomorrow in the Sports Spotlight.