The Gustavus football team concluded its first week of training camp with an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday morning on Hollingsworth Field, as fans, family and friends were invited to campus to get a first glimpse at the 2011 Gusties.
“Our guys handled it [the scrimmage] really well,” said Head Coach Peter Haugen. “It was a fun day. There are certainly things we can get better at on both sides of the ball, but really, looking at our leaders, they set the tone for our young guys today.”
Following warm-ups, the team broke into position groups for individual drills. Skelly was followed by inside run, one-on-one pass rush, and one-on-one routes with the receivers and defensive backs. The scrimmage began after a 20 minute special teams session and the pads starting popping. The one and two deep offense and defense got roughly 18 plays each, but the focal point was on the young guys. The scrimmage is mostly about evaluating the rookies and getting on film what they can contribute to the team in the upcoming season.
“Our seniors have done such a great job,” commented Head Coach Peter Haugen on the manner in which the freshmen have handled training camp. “They have embraced these guys and they have made them feel welcome when it looked like they needed some attention.”
Following the scrimmage, the families of the current Gusties were invited into Don Roberts Ice Rink for the team’s annual fall camp family barbeque.
The Gustavus football team will conclude fall camp with a full week of practice before breaking camp on Saturday, Sept. 3.