Even though the team lost 12 seniors to graduation, Colby head football coach, Jim Hagen, is optimistic about the potential of the incoming juniors and seniors on the team, but there are still unknowns on the team. “All twelve of those players played a huge part in the success of our team last year,” Hagen said. “We suffered a tremendous loss with our senior class last year.” The graduations leave positions on the team open to competition.
“The biggest question mark right now that we are going to have will be at the quarterback position,” Hagen said. “We have a big spot to fill at split end, on the offensive side of the ball, with the graduation of Nate Meyer.” Even with newcomers at positions, expectations remain the same. “The expectations are to be extremely competitive in the Clover Belt Conference like we typically are year-in and year-out.” Colby opens the season on the road against Osseo-Fairchild on Friday, August 17.
Senior running back Reece Kellenhofer and the rest of the team are looking forward to showing everyone how offseason work has improved the program for this upcoming season.
“We’re working really hard in conditioning, because last year we were out of shape,” Kellenhofer said. Kellenhofer is also hoping that the team can stay healthier than it was last Fall. “Right now, we only have one guy that is injured, so we’re looking really good so far, everyone else is full force so far,” Kellenhofer said. One of Kellenhofer’s personal goals are to eclipse 750 yards this season. “I’d like to be (between) 750, 800 (yards) this year,” Kellenhofer said. “Last year I ran for 400 (yards) and some change, so I’m looking to double that if I could.”