FARGO, N.D. - After a pair of practices in helmets last week, the defending FCS National Champions worked out in full pads for the first time this spring.
They're also working under new coordinators.
Tyler Roehl was promoted to call the plays for the offense while David Braun was brought in to run the defense.
Roehl has been with the program as a player and also a coach, so he has history on his side.
"Our style of play, our number one goal going back since I stepped on campus in 2004, we're going to be the most physical offense in the nation. So to play with just helmets on, that's not our M-O. So we need to play with pads on and see the guys get the pads on again. I mean it's been a couple of months not, I think they were ready and I think we were ready as coaches, so it's great to see those guys flying around out there with pads on," said Roehl. "The biggest thing is we see a willingness and a want to. Guys are not satisfied with where they're at or where we're at as a program. We want to continue to do things better than they've ever been done before. We see an unquestioned effort that's the biggest thing that I'm going to walk about we have to play with unquestioned effort straining to finish in everything that we're doing, knowing what you're doing, there's MAs (Missed Assignment), especially the first day of pads. It's only Monday morning, but we got to start limiting mental mistakes with minimal to no MAs."
David Braun comes to NDSU from Northern Iowa where he was an assistant. He played for Matt Entz, so he's familiar with some of the coaches. But this spring is important for him to learn about the players wearing the green and gold.
"You know what, I'm getting more and more comfortable every day. It's been great, an unbelievable staff, unbelievable group to work with on the defensive side of the ball, specifically the safeties and corners, but there's just as much of a learning curve for your younger guys right now and there's also a learning curve for me just making sure that I'm speaking the same language as our guys and getting up to speed and as much as I'm going to challenge our younger guys. I'm challenging myself too, to make sure that I'm in those meetings, preparing our guys and getting ready to so for these practices," said Braun.
The NDSU Green-Gold spring game is on April 26 this year and just as we have for a number of years now, you can watch it on the KFYR-KVLY Bison Television Network.