The Northern State Wolves open up play on Septmeber 1st, and they'll be out to prove some people wrong in the Northern Sun. The Wolves were picked to finish 11th in the preseason coaches poll. But with a lot of experience back, their goals are much higher.
Head Coach Tom Dosch is entering his third season with the program and he's already noticed a difference. The Wolves have been able to add some size up front with there most recent recruiting class, something Dosch hopes pays immediate dividends on the field.
"You look at our recruiting class the last year or two, we were able to get just a lot more big guys. That doesn't guarantee you anything but on the offensive line, defensive line, tight end. We just got bigger frame guys that can carry a lot of weight," Dosch said.
Senior Wide Reciever Chris Morton is one of the teams most dynamic skill players returning. Morton hauled in 7 of the teams 11 touchdown receptions a season ago. With some experience back the next step for the Wolves is learning how to close.
"Drawing on our experiences from the past, drawing on the fact that we have got several guys in our program that have played quite a bit. We expect to play at a high level, we expect to compete at a high level. Now it's a matter of finding ways to win games when you get to the fourth quarter," Dosch said.
The Wolves open up play on September 1st at Augustana.