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Coming into spring ball the football staff really wanted to build on a running game that led the Dakota Athletic Conference a year ago.  They also wanted to expand their passing game behind freshman quarterback Drew Hodgs who was very successful in his first season as a Yellow Jacket. 

“Going into the 2008 season the offense is going to have to take the burden off the defense.  We need to expand offensively from a year ago and build on the talent and experience we have returning” said Coach Scott.

Defensively the Yellow Jackets have two areas of emphasis.  Both areas took a hit after losing key players to graduation.  The defensive line lost two All-Conference players in Rodney Wasche and Andy Seamann.  At the safety position the Jackets lost four year starter and All-American Tanner Tetrault and a reliable backup in Garland Sanders.  The defense does return a solid core of linebackers and cornerbacks for the 2008 season. 

“Since I have been here this is the first time that the offense is a little further ahead than the defense in spring ball.  It’s for no reason than loss to graduation and young kids getting first hand experience.  I can see in the next five practices things starting to change with the defense as they start to gain experience” added Coach Scott.

The Yellow Jackets will be continuing spring ball for five more practices.  They will conclude with an open to the public inter-squad scrimmage on Saturday, April 26th.  The scrimmage will start at 10:30am at Lyle Hare Stadium.

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