Marauders season opener on Thursday

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BISMARCK, N.D. - The University of Mary football program is in the rebuilding process. There’s either no “better” way or no “worse” way to find out where you sit, then open the season against the pre-season favorite in the conference. In the Northern Sun, Minnesota State is that team.

But as you can imagine, the Marauders are more worried about themselves than the Mavericks. This late in camp, head coach Josh Kotelnicki says it’s a little hard to determine where they’re at right now.

"So when the offense does well, the defense doesn't do well and when the defense is doing well the offense doesn't look good so sometimes it's difficult to actually play that first game but I'm pretty confident of a couple of things at this point in fall camp. Number one I'm pretty confident we're significantly improved on the offensive side of the ball, significantly improved so I'm very happy for that," said Kotelnicki.

Kotelnicki explains why he believes his defense has also made strides in the off-season.

"I'm also pretty confident on defense. We have a very, very good player. I don't want to say dominate player because who knows we have to play the games but I believe to have a good defense you have to have a good player at every level of the defense. A good defensive lineman, a good linebacker and you have to have a good DB," said Kotelnicki.

The Marauders are scheduled for a 6:00 CT kickoff at the Bowl on Thursday.