Whether you're in high school, college, the Big Sky Conference, or the PAC-12 there's always an excitement level when it comes to fall camp. For the Griz it marks a clean slate and a chance to improve from a season ago.
"The whole team couldn't be more happy to be out here, a lot of us stayed here for the summer and we had a really successful summer program and we are really happy on what we did as a team during the summer. We are coming in with a lot of confidence but we have a chip on our shoulder from last year and we are ready to get to work," said Senior Offensive Lineman Danny Kistler.
"Yea there's a whole different outlook coming into this year after doing what we did last season. The theme since they came back to school in January or actually after they walked off the field at the Montana State game was we have to get better and finish when we have an opportunity to win. The effort and the focus all winter long has been on we have to finish and we have to play four quarters etc. etc.," said Griz Head Coach Mick Delaney.
Last season the Griz finished 5-6 for their first losing season in over a decade.
"I think anybody would be lying if they tell you we don't talk about it or think about it, it's something that has lit a fire underneath us this year. But at the same time we are always looking forward, it's always the next play, next practice, next scrimmage, next game and we like to keep our focus there. We can't really do anything about what happened last season it's in the books and none of us can do anything to change that so we just want to work as hard as we can so we can have a different outcome this year," said Kistler.
The Griz coaching staff hopes the experience coming back this year will make the difference in improving in the win loss column.
"A year ago this time we had one starter on the defensive side of the football team this year we have ten, so it's the complete opposite. So the enthusiasm there is high and offensively Jordan is back with us and that makes a huge difference. We have five starting offensive lineman, our running back situation is solid, our wide receiver situation is solid, our tight end position is solid and our kicking game is solid. So it's a matter of us working and working and getting ourselves to be a really good football team," said Delaney.
The Griz will have their first scrimmage Sunday the 11th at 7:45 in Washington Grizzly stadium.