The Northern Sun Conference starts its football season a little later than the others, which is why media day for the University of Mary is a little later the other universities in the state. Soccer and volleyball also took part in the program, but football is the top talker on most college campuses around the country.
The Marauders feel they'll have one side of the ball ahead of the other.
"We lost some of the best players in school history last year between Troy Guptil, Grant Singer, Elby Pope," said head coach Josh Kotelnicki. "And the key for us we have eight seniors on defense on the two-deep and it's my experience most of the time the best year of a player's career is their senior year, so I'm very optimistic about our outlook on the defensive side of the ball. I expect eight guys to play the best games of their careers this fall and I expect defense to lead the way."
The top three teams in the NSIC pre-season poll are on U-Mary's schedule, including Sioux Falls and Mankato in two of the first three weeks.
"That's competition," Kotelnicki said. "That's the name of the game. If anything I think playing some teams right off the bat, if you look at where Sioux Falls finishes last year even our incoming freshman understand that they're the third place team in our conference. They probably should have been in the playoffs, all that stuff, hopefully that sharpens the edge a little bit and puts more emphasis on every single day in practice."
The home opener against Upper Iowa on September 12 will be live on MeTV North Dakota. Two weeks later on September 26, the U-Mary verses Wayne State game will be shown live on NBC North Dakota Sports which includes KFYR-TV in Bismarck, KQCD-TV in Dickinson, KUMV-TV in Williston and KMOT-TV in Minot.