As you can see the Big Sky Eagles are pumped to start the season. They're coming off a 3-7 campaign but were absolutely decimated with injuries which made it tough on an already thin roster. This year they've been focusing on conditioning to hopefully avoid injury, and apparently a tan complexion as well.
"The atmosphere has been good we have a lot of new starters as well as some returning. We had a lot of injuries last year so this year we are working on staying healthy , getting in shape because we don't have a lot of kids, so we have been doing a lot of conditioning so we can play five quarters," said Big Sky Senior Quarterback Chance Maes.
"Practices have been going well, we look a lot better than last year at this time. If we avoid injuries we are going to have a really good season," said Big Sky Senior Brock Shaide.
At practice Running Back Cory Diaz listens as Quarterback Chance Maes calls the play, which is a run through the B gap. The ground game for the Eagles should be solid. They have two punishing backs that Big Sky will lean on throughout the year.
"Our running backs are solid Diaz is 6' 190 pounds, Banna is 5'11 220 pounds. They can both run and are agile so we definitely feel that's a big strength," said Big Sky Head Coach Matt Johnson.
"The run game and we are going to have two tight ends sets, so they're going to see Diaz and Banna as work horses, so they're going to get a lot of carries and just good tough running," said Maes.
Coach Johnson says the Eagles are strong up front as well and hope to be more physical than their opponents. They hope that formula will get them to the playoffs which is something this senior class has yet to experience.
"We haven't made it to the playoffs since I have been there so hopefully to the playoffs and then beyond that," said Maes.
"We're extremely hungry, I have been at Big Sky for four years and we haven't made it to the playoffs once and I think we all really want that," said Shaide.