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PHOTOS: Scenes from Dragons football practice on a bitter spring morning

Minnesota State Moorhead has completed its fifth on 15 spring football practices Thursday.

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Minnesota State Moorhead quarterback Tommy Falk launches a pass during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Moorhead completed its fifth spring football practice on a chilly Thursday morning, March 31, at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium.

The Dragons have 10 practices remaining, including their spring game that is scheduled for 4 p.m. April 23 at Scheels Field.

“I think it’s a relatively young group that’s hungry," Dragon heads coach Steve Laqua said. "We’ve made progress in every practice. I think we’re a long way away from where we need to be. There are a lot of guys who graduated that have played a lot of football.”

Laqua said there are around 80 players on the roster for spring practices and that number should grow to around 110 for the fall with incoming recruits. The Dragons posted a 5-6 record last season.

“We’re like infants who are trying to learn how to crawl and walk. We’re hopefully going to get to that toddler stage by the end of spring practice," Laqua said.

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Below are images from MSUM's fifth spring football practice at Scheels Field:

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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Caden Jastram takes a break during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead running back Luke Imdieke carries during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Brett Skarda catches a pass during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead's Gage Florence gears up for the next drill during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead quarterback Max Carter fires a pass under pressure during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead linebacker Josiah Behm drills during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua gives direction during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead players brave the elements during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua runs punt block drills during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua watches quarterback play during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesots State University Moorhead defensive lineman Abe Hestdalen readies for the snap during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesots State University Moorhead defensive lineman Abe Hestdalen makes a stop in the backfield during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State University Moorhead defensive lineman Abe Hestdalen runs drills during morning football practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead's Carter Birrenkott heads upfield after grabbing a pass during morning practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead's Carter Birrenkott (84) runs drills during morning practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead's Carter Birrenkott readies for the next play during morning practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
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Minnesota State Moorhead's Carter Birrenkott leaps to grab a pass against defender Bryson Mazur during morning practice at Alex Nemzek on Thursday, March 31, 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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