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PHOTOS: Dragons open fall football camp with 'youthful excitement'

Minnesota State Moorhead had its first fall camp practice Monday for the 2022 football season.

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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Carter Birrenkott catches a pass as head coach Steve Laqua watches during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Moorhead had its first fall football practice Monday, Aug. 8, at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium.

The Dragons posted a 5-6 record overall and in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last fall.

MSUM sophomore quarterback Tommy Falk, from Jamestown, N.D., returns as the starter. Falk completed 252 of 413 passes for 2,874 yards and 20 touchdowns with 10 interceptions last season. The Dragons also return their top rusher in sophomore Luke Imdieke, who rushed for 299 yards and a touchdown on 78 attempts a season ago. Junior receiver Ryan Bieberdorf was second on the team in receiving last fall with 59 catches for 696 yards and seven touchdowns.

MSUM has 116 players to start fall camp, including 14 seniors, head coach Steve Laqua said.

“This year it’s more of a youthful excitement and energy that is at practice," Laqua said. “We’re an experienced young group and I think that is an exciting place to be.”

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The Dragons are slated to open the regular season at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Alex Nemzek Stadium against the University of Sioux Falls. Below are images from the team's first fall camp practice:

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Minnesota State Moorhead linebacker Josiah Behm readies for drills during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead linebacker Josiah Behm defends during passing drills on opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Cody Sorenson takes a break during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Luke Imdieke grabs a pass during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead players work out during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead's James Eggert drills during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead head coach Steve Laqua during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead's Tommy Falk rifles a pass during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead's Carter Birrenkott grabs a reception during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead players warm up during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead quarterback Tommy Falk warms up during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead's warm up during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead defensive players ready for drills the opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead's James Eggert warms up during opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead head coach Steve Laqua and James Eggert walk out for the opening day of football practice at Alex Nemzek on Monday, August 8, 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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