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WATCH: NDSU football begins fall camp, high school football practices get underway

NDSU coach Matt Entz provides an update on players sitting out the first practice. Kindred football looking to build on its first state title.

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NDSU Football coach Matt Entz overlooks the team's first practice of fall 2022
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Today marks the official start of the 2022 season, as the Bison took to Dacotah Field for the first day of fall camp.

NDSU returns plenty of depth on both sides of the ball, but a pair of key offensive players were missing today for the Bison: Hunter Lupeke and Noah Gindorff. Zach Mathis, Cole Wisneskei, and Tamerik Williams were in attendance, but not dressed for practice.

"They're healthy, just repition management," Head coach Matt Entz said. (Gindorff) coming off of that ankle. He's a sixth year player. Is there really a need for four weeks of fall camp leading up to game one?

"Same with Hunter. It's kind of my decision. We'll get them into fall camp when we feel like we need to start prepping for week one. Good players are healthy players."

Several local high school football teams opened fall practice today. We start our fall camp tour at Kindred, where the Vikings are looking to build on last year’s historic run.

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“It’s like Christmas morning," said head coach Matt Crane. "Getting out here with the guys and being able to put on pads."

The first fall practice unwraps a new season for Kindred, but this season feels a little different.

“Last year we were kind of the underdog," said Jorgen Swenson. "Hillsboro beat us early season… This year we’re kind of starting out on top so we have to keep that expectation and just push through everything."

It’s a new position for Vikings football coming off their first ever state title.

“We know what we have to do to get there and we have a lot of work to do, but we know what the blueprint is," Crane said.

After graduating quarterback Max McQuillan, Kindred running back Trey Heinrich is back and running behind a line that includes DI prospect Riley Sunram.

“Our line is tough," Heinrich said. "They’re going to be leading us to every victory. They’re going to be awesome."

For the Vikings, their first game can’t come soon enough.

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“I am getting antsy," Sunram said. "It’s fun. It’s football season."

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