The first game for the youngest head football coach in the NCAA is underway.
Photo courtesy: University of Mary
The University of Mary and St. Cloud State started this evening and 28-year-old Craig Bagnell is looking to lead his alma matter out of the cellar.
The former quarterback is expected to have an exciting offense, but Bagnell says his defense will be exotic as well.
"A lot of moving parts to it. We're not going to be a stalemate defense. We're going to be moving around and showing a lot of different looks and try to confuse the opposing offense as much as we can so Coach Holinka has done a tremendous job with those guys in creating that culture of just the energy and the sense of urgency that they need to play with on defense and I think he's got those guys moving in the right direction and now it's just continuing that as we go throughout the year," said Bagnell.
Bagnell says the most important thing in the opener is just do not beat yourself with mistakes. But the Marauders also have to deal with a talented opponent.
"St. Cloud's going to be good,” Bagnell said. “They have a good group of kids coming back from last year. They're a physical team. They have some good players so we're going to have to come out and execute and play at a high level, a little more than maybe some people thing we can do but I know it's going to be a good game. They're going to have a good squad and it's going to be a packed hour at their home opener so it's going to be a fun environment to play in."
We will let you know how the Marauders do in Bagnell’s head coaching debut tonight at 10.