Sneak Peak: Vikings Give Fans Early Glimpse Of Next Season With Spring Preview
SIOUX FALLS, SD — Augustana football put on their Spring Preview at Kirkeby-Over Stadium on Saturday, giving the fans their first look at the Vikings for the upcoming fall when the regular season begins.
The Vikings went with a 24-period session, highlighted by lots of offense vs. defense matchups with various situational scenarios thrown in the mix throughout the day.
“I really liked our ability to move the ball from the minus-five out. In our backed-up scenario, we have to be able to flip the field in that situation so somebody doesn’t pin us back.” head coach Jerry Olszewski said on things he liked during the preview.
“Our goal-line defense did what it was supposed to, and played stout against some tough run game downhill.” Olszewski said after being asked what defensive moments stood out during the preview.
“The thing I’m most proud of is our boys. These men have really been diligent about practicing hard every day and improving their craft and getting better and representing Augustana College. All of those things came to fruition today, and I feel good about what we accomplished.” Olszewski said.
The Vikings’ offense really got revved up during a live scrimmage portion of the preview, delivering some highlight plays from both the running and passing game. “When you run the ball well, the pass game comes along. We will take what teams will give us, we have some sets and scores that we base off of defense looks. We’re not into our no-huddle stuff yet, but we have the ability to tempo up when we want as well. We wanted to run the ball, and do a good job of that, and that certainly helped our passing game. Conversely, our passing game helped our run game as well today.” Olszewski said.
Junior running back CJ Ham agreed with his coaches’ thoughts as well. “We were able to run the ball, if you are able to run the ball well, then we can setup our passing game, and it makes it very tough on defenses to have to play both aspects of our offense on every snap.” Ham said. “We ran the ball better today than we did last fall. I’m really excited to see what our unit can do once everything is in place in the fall.”
On the defensive side of the ball, new defensive coordinator Brian Bergstrom’s defense delivered some big hits and highlight reel plays of their own, while also showcasing to fans the tough and physical nature that Augustana became known for last season.
“Brian is a great teacher and is very organized, and great communicator. Our kids are understanding what they are supposed to do and how they are supposed to do it.” Olszewski said. “There is a lot of pride in playing great defense at Augustana College and that’s not going away. I’m really pleased at the job [Bergstrom] has done and know the job he is going to do will be fantastic.”
The Vikings will reconvene in the fall to open camp, and kick off the 2014-15 season on Sept. 6 on the road against Minnesota-Crookston at 1 p.m.
Courtesy: Augustana College