Chadron State coach Jay Long says the focus has been on injury prevention as the new football season approaches. The Eagles lost 10 players to season ending injuries a year ago during a disappointing 3-8 campaign and Long says work on improving their health began with off season strength and conditioning.
“The second piece of it is that we have got to maintain our bodies during fall camp and during the season and I think our guys are doing a great job of that right now”, said Long. “We are monitoring their weight and we are taking NCAA required breaks and all of that helps maintain their body and their health.”
Long says the positive side of the injuries are that the Eagles return a large number of experienced players, including several sophomores who were forced into action.
“Our team has some youth in some areas but they have got game experience and that is one of our strengths.”
One of the players lost to injury last season was quarterback TD Stein. He suffered a season ending broken collar bone in week three.
“Coming out of spring ball he is the starter”, added Long. “Matt Vinson has started 16 games for us over the past two years so that position is one of those we have the most depth at.”
In this age of high scoring college football defense still matters ands that should be a strength for Chadron State. Six seniors are part of a front seven that Long says is a strength of the team.
The Eagles open the season on September 2 at Fort Lewis College in Colorado.