For myself and the other 57 players on the 2006 Knights football squad, the first days of camp have been filled with practice, meetings, and walk-thru's, with some fun sprinkled in between. The 58 total football players is less than ideal, with the low number largely due to the coaching transition that took place this past offseason. With 28 upperclassmen, however, we believe that this squad has the talent and experience to compete and contend in the MIAC.
Today is the end of day three of our camp, the first under new head coach Kurt Ramler and there are encouraging signs that this will be a successful inaugural campaign for the new leader. Both the offense and defense will have a new look this season as Ramler is implementing a new system for an offense that returns nine starters and first-year defensive coordinator Bill Lund is revamping the defense, which ranked seventh in the MIAC in total defense in 2005.
"The offense is really clicking on all cylinders right now with the limited amount of plays we have learned," remarked senior quarterback Darren Caspers, "and I think we are all pleased with the way we are absorbing the concepts and techniques of the offense."
The coaching staff is not only challenging the players with the new playing styles and techniques, but they have also asked the players to think differently than they have in the past. For the upperclassmen, this has been especially challenging, as multiple years of football knowledge along with different attitudes have had to be altered to fit the new schemes on both sides of the ball and the TEAM attitude of our unit. It will be this new attitude, along with superb execution on offense, defense, and special teams that will breed success for our team this season.