Sky-high expectations – UMD football opens up with first day of practice

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Duluth, Minn. — The first day of football practice signifies a lot of things… for one, Fall is just around the corner… it also represents a fresh start.

On Monday, the UMD Bulldogs started a new chapter with the first practice of the season. Expectations are high for this group. The biggest story-line to start camp this year is the health of junior starting quarterback John Larson, who missed the last five games of last season with a nasty lower leg injury.

“We have high expecations for this fall, and understand that we have a lot of work ahead of us to get there. In the same sense, that’s why we’re kicking off today in helmets,” said head coach Curt Wiese. “This is the fall camp where John Larson goes into fall camp really knowing where he’s at, knowing exactly the position, and the role that he’s in.”

“I’m 100 percent. I got cleared just after spring ball last year. So yeah I’m excited. It’s been too long without playing football for me,” said Larson. “I feel like I’m 100 percent ready to go, so I’m just excited to get back out there and just start believing in my ankle again basically. Just make sure I trust it 100 percent come September 5th.”

The Bulldogs kick off against Minot State at home on September 5th.

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