Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- More than 100 players hit the field on Saturday night for the first practice of 2014 for the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football team at Malosky Stadium under the direction of second-year head coach Curt Wiese.
The Bulldogs are coming off an (11-2) season a year ago which also saw them clinch a NCAA tournament berth. UMD will be led by 14 seniors this fall.
While Wiese said the quarterback position is locked up by sophomore Drew Bauer, the running back spot is more of a question mark with senior Austin Sikorski still sidelined after being stabbed two weeks ago.
For now, Wiese admits he's just glad to back on the field with the guys.
"You know, having an opportunity to talk to our seniors as they walked out here," said Wiese. "They have a little different feeling this year having it be their last. Excited to be back and excited to put the offseason behind us."
"A lot of energy out here," said junior running back Logan Lauters. "You know, we've been working out for five-six months now. Spring ball you can't really prepare for teams so a lot of excitement out here. Everyone's getting ready for the season."
UMD will open up the season on Sept. 6 against Concordia-St. Paul.