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DSU Football Holds Blue and Gray Scrimmage

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DICKINSON, ND- The Dickinson State University Football team held their traditional Blue and Gray scrimmage on Saturday, August 15th.

"I thought the scrimmage went pretty well," said Head Football Coach Pete Stanton. "Our returners seen a few series while our newcomers seen most of the time which allows for us coaches to evaluate their progress."

The scrimmage consisted of around 60 plays and also seen some special teams plays from punt, punt return and field goals.

Seth MoerkerkeRobert Sterling, and Haize Weber all seen time at the quarterback position each seeing around two to three series.

"I feel that our Quarterbacks did pretty well with executing our offense during the scrimmage," said Offensive Coordinator Jace Schillinger. "Majority of our base plays and formations are in so it was good to see them run the offense in a game like situation.

The Blue Hawks open the 2015 season on Saturday, August 22nd as they host the University of Montana- Northern in a non-conference game at 6:00 PM (MDT).

Dickinson State University Football Picked 2nd in NSAA Pre-Season Coaches Poll

Contributed by admin on Aug 18, 2015 - 11:30 PM
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MADISON, S.D. – For the third straight year, Valley City State (N.D.) was picked as the preseason favorite to win the North Star Athletic Association Football conference title, the preseason coaches' poll was announced Monday.  The preseason poll was voted by the league coaches.  Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

The Vikings tallied five first-place votes and earned 33 points in the NSAA Football Coaches' Preseason Poll.  VCSU won the league title for two consecutive years and qualified for the 2015 NAIA Football National Playoffs.  Valley City State lost to Carroll (Mont.) in the opening round of the national playoffs last season.

Dickinson State (N.D.) picked the final two first-place votes, collecting 30 points to finish second in the poll.  Jamestown (N.D.) finished third with 26 points. 

Presentation (S.D.) holds a slim margin for fourth place over Dakota State (S.D.).  The Saints garnered 21 points while the Trojans recorded 20 points in the coaches' poll.

Waldorf (Iowa) placed sixth in the preseason poll with 10 points, followed by Mayville State (N.D.) seventh with 7 points.

To earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Football Playoffs, a team need to be in the 'Top 20' in the national poll and win the conference title.

Dickinson State starts their season on Aug. 22 as they host Montana State-Northern.

Six other NSAA conference members will kick off their 2015 season on Aug. 29 with Presentation visiting Briar Cliff (Iowa), Mayville State hosting St. Mary (Kan.), VCSU traveling to UJ in a non-conference game, Dakota State hosting Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) and Waldorf welcoming Kansas Wesleyan.

The NSAA conference season begins on Sept. 12 as Dakota State host Waldorf in a night game at 6 p.m.  The football conference season ends on Nov. 8 with the NSAA Bowl game at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D.

Below is the complete results of 2015 NSAA Football Coaches' Preseason Poll:

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Rank School (1st Place Votes in Parenthesis) Points
1 Valley City State (N.D.) (5) 33
2 Dickinson State (N.D.) (2) 30
3 Jamestown (N.D.) 26
4 Presentation (S.D.) 21
5 Dakota State (S.D.) 20
6 Waldorf (Iowa) 10
7 Mayville State (N.D.) 7

Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director

A Look Inside the Dickinson State University Blue Hawk Football Camp

Contributed by admin on Aug 18, 2015 - 11:32 PM
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DICKINSON, ND- Dickinson State University Head Football Coach, Pete Stanton, talked Thursday about how the Blue Hawk football team’s pre-season camp was going.

“Camp has started off really well for us this year,” stated Stanton. “The guys came into camp in pretty good shape and we had about 40 guys stay this summer and really worked hard on their strength and fundamentals.”

The Blue Hawks had 98 players report to camp this year, 35 newcomers and 63 returners, which is an increase from the past few years.

“Our job as coaches is to teach our schemes and make sure that all of the players are getting on the same page,” said Stanton. “We need to refresh our returners and introduce our new guys to the way we do things in our program from fundamental basics to formations and plays.”

Over the first few days, the Blue Hawk football coaches have held numerous individual position meetings to ensure the mental development of the players so they can learn the playbook.

“The new guys are learning the playbook pretty well so far,” stated Stanton. “We watch all of our practices which allows us to critique each player and the offense and defense as a whole.”

The Blue Hawks open up their 2015 season on Saturday, August 22nd at 6:00 PM (MDT) at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center when they take on the Northern Lights of Montana State University- Northern.

“Our goals in camp are to most importantly prepare for our first game but also to build the team chemistry which will make us more of a complete team,” said Stanton. “The quicker we can build the team chemistry, the quicker we can really prepare for MSU-N.”

The Blue and Gray scrimmage is set for Saturday, August 15th at the Henry Biesiot Activities Center and will begin at 10:00 AM (MDT).

“During the scrimmage, we want to be sharp with our execution on both sides of the ball,” stated Stanton. “Most of our established players will see a limited amount of reps while our younger and new guys will see a lot of reps so we as coaches can evaluate them in a competitive atmosphere.”