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Published April 07, 2013, 09:32 PM

UND is Building for the next year in Big Sky

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The trial season in the Big Sky is over for UND, now the coaches and players are hoping to put the lessons they learned this past fall to work in spring drills the next couple of weeks.

By: Dan Corey, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- The trial season in the Big Sky is over for UND, now the coaches and players are hoping to put the lessons they learned this past fall to work in spring drills the next couple of weeks.

"UND One, UND two, UND three, lets go to work."

After coming off a losing season, it was nice to finally strap on the helmets.

Chris Mussman: "It felt good to get back out there, you know, we got a long way to go."

The UND football team went 5-6 in their first season in the Big Sky conference and are trying to push away some NATS question marks.

Mussman: "Offensively we need to develop some depth in the o-line, we need to have one or two kids step up here. Tight end world, you need to have a guy step up. Quarterback, obviously everyone's going to be talking about that position."

The early front-runner for that spot, is Detroit Lakes native Joe Mollberg, who says red-shirting last year has helped his game.

Joe Mollberg: "I got to travel with the team and just taking snaps behind Marcus and Brayden last year was good. The coaches did a great job getting me ready."

Another group of guys getting him ready..his veteran wide-receiving core..where the goal is simple.

Greg Hardin: "Put up a lot of points because in the big sky there are a lot of good teams and some games we're going to need our defense to make stops."

A defense..that is focusing on the fundamentals.

Mussman: "Tackling, obviously was part of our Achilles heel last year, we didn't tackle very well..and turnovers."

That message is trickling down to the players..who are emphasizing the "three T's"

Cordero Finley: "Teaching, Tackling, and Turnovers. Hoping the small things, lead to big results."

Baylee Carr: "Take it step by step, day by day keep preparing in the class."

UND opens up the 2013 season at home against Valparaiso on August 29th.

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