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Montana Tech Returns to the Football Field

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Montana Tech is back on the football field practicing, because in just weeks, instead of hitting bags, they'll be going up against their opponent.

The Orediggers return to the gridiron with a new look and a different feel as camp is officially under-way.

"We're excited, just being five days into camp here,” said head coach Chuck Morrell. “Guys are flying around. We have a lot of new faces out here right now. One of the key components is that we get those guys all on the same page leading up to game day."

Tech will feature a new offense this season, after hiring play caller peter Sterbick during the off season.

"We obviously have a brand new offense,” Coach Morrell said. “We spent a lot of time on it in the spring, but now we have to refine it and get it ready for game day. So that's a big thing that we're focused on right now."

The new offense will have some familiar faces returning this year.

Fifth year senior running back, Pat Hansen will be back for a final season.

After having four stellar season, Hansen is hoping to break the school’s all-time rushing record in 2014.

"I'm trying to improve through camp with pass blocking,” Hansen said. “I have to keep myself healthy, and work on all the little things that make you better like vision, catching balls, everything I need to do to help us win."

Like all other teams, the Orediggers have some youth on this year's squad.

That includes red shirt freshman Will Davey from Polson.

"It's going good so far,” Davey said. “There's a lot of high energy. I really love it. Coach Morrell is one of the greatest coaches I've ever had. It's great to play for him and it's a lot of fun here."

It's a new year with new players, filling the team with excitement going into the season.

“I'm proud of the way the guys came into camp really focused,” said Coach Morrell. “Coming off of a tough season last year, it would have been easy to kind of hang your head and not be ready to go. These guys don't know the difference. They're ready to go out there and fight for a Frontier Conference championship."

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