DSU's Tommy Sease

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There are still a few details to figure out when it comes to Dickinson State's football offensive depth chart.

But the Blue Hawks defense is a little more set with key players like Bismarck's Tommy Sease returning to the lineup.

Sease led the team with six sacks as a true freshman, and coaches say he'll have an even bigger impact this year.

"I have high expectations for him," said DSU defensive coordinator Arlan Hofland. "But I don't have nearly as high as Tommy has for himself. He's a very driven, very motivated young man, and he's just a natural. He's a good player and we expect a lot out of him. More than we typically would out of a younger player."

Sease doesn't see himself as a younger player anymore.

"This year I feel much more confident in my ability to do my job each time," Sease said. "I really haven't had to learn anything this year, everything has all been review. So it just makes it really easier. And it's nice because then I get an opportunity to help out the younger guys and it's always nice to help out the younger guys because you're only as good as your weakest link."

The Blue Hawks start the season earlier than most, hosting Montana State-Northern Saturday, August 22. Kickoff is at 6 p.m. MDT.