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PHOTOS: Scenes from opening days of Bison football fall camp

Defending NCAA Division I FCS national champion NDSU started practice for fall football camp this week.

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North Dakota State wide receiver RaJa Nelson reaches for a pass during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, August 5, 2022.
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FARGO — North Dakota State started its fall football camp this week and christened its new artificial turf field on Friday, Aug. 5. The surface is in the shadow of the under-construction indoor practice facility.

Bison senior offensive tackle Cody Mauch said the size of the new practice facility has been a topic of conversation as the structure was being built and now nearing completion.

“It just turned into a joke. Every time we drove by like, ‘Hey, what’s this thing going to be? It’s going to be huge.’ We were joking about it," said Mauch, in his sixth season in the program. “It just seems like six years flew by. It seems like six years ago I was the little guy who didn’t know what was going on, running all over the place. ... This (practice facility) wasn’t even thought of six years ago. It’s cool to see the program progress like this.”

The Bison opened fall camp Thursday and held their first official practice on Dacotah Field before moving over to the new practice field Friday. NDSU is set to open the regular season at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 3 against Drake at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

Below are images from the opening days of fall practice:

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North Dakota State offensive lineman grind out drills during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
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North Dakota State wide receiver Phoenix Sproles checks his helmet during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, August 5, 2022.
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North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz gives direction during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, August 5, 2022.
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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller fires a pass under the watchful eye of coach Randy Hedberg during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, August 5, 2022.
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North Dakota State running backs go through drills during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, August 5, 2022.
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North Dakota State defensive backs gear up for practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
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North Dakota State defensive linemen ready for drills during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, August 5, 2022.
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North Dakota State punter Kaedin Steindorf and teammates get to work during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, August 5, 2022.
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North Dakota State players stretch out during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.
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Former North Dakota State linebacker Nick DeLuca watches drills during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022. DeLuca is interning on the Bison strength training staff.
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North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege takes a break during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State safety Michael Tutsie runs drills during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State safety Michael Tutsie leaps to grab a pass during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller fires a pass while working out with teammates during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller stretches out during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller takes aim during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege chats with head coach Matt Entz during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege readies for drills during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege warms up with teammates during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State quarterback Cole Payton runs during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State quarterback Cole Payton runs drills during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State's Jalen Bussey and Raja Nelson run during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State running backs take a break during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State University football players take the field during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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North Dakota State University football players take the field during the opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.
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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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