The Vikings are entering this spring feeling a lot more confident knowing exactly what Coach Olszewski expects of them. He has a stockyard of running backs and a tough decision to make at quarterback.
In their first season under the direction of Jerry Olszewski, the Vikings finished 4-7. Now, in his second year, Coach O.J. and his players can't stress enough how important it is to know the system as they head into their Spring Game.
"Incredibly," exclaimed Vikings Head Coach Jerry Olszewski. "I don't want to understate the fact that football is football, without question. However having the guys have a comfort in what we're doing and how we want to do it has been a tremendous edition to out unit. It helps offensively, defensively, and even special teams."
"Last year we were unproductive as an offense," added Augie Senior WR Grant Gebhardt. "I think with the familiarity of the playbook it is going to be a lot better this year."
The Vikings front seven are pretty much set on defense and their offense has little holes as well. However, on Saturday fans can expect to see position battles taking place in the secondary, wide outs, and the most important position on the field.
"The biggest battle is the quarterback battle," Gebhardt stated. "Right now nothing is set in stone and all three of those guys are doing a really good job."
"The quarterback position has been a great battle as well. The kids are playing really well. As we go forward those are spots that we want to see develop over the next three practices, then we will have a great summer," Olszewski added.
Redshirt sophomore, Trey Heid, started all 11 games last season completing 58% of his passes for over 1,800 yards and 10 touchdowns. He will be competing against two redshirt freshman in Brandon Valley graduate, Chase Marso, and Colorado native, Nathan Merriman.
"I really applaud the diligent work ethic our young quarterbacks have put in and we are young. We have a redshirt sophomore and two redshirt freshmen, but that doesn't represent their knowledge of the game and how they have constructed this offense while working within it," Olszewski said.
Augustana will hold its annual Spring Preview on Saturday at 11:00 at Kirkeby-Over Stadium. Non-perishable food items and free-will donations to benefit Feeding South Dakota will be accepted as admission to the event.