FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- The North Dakota State football team opened spring practice Wednesday at the Dacotah Field bubble.
Wednesday's practice was a helmet only practice, one of two non-pad practices mandated by the NCAA that will start the 15 workouts for the Bison this spring.
NDSU graduated 24 seniors and returns just seven full-time starters from last year's 15-0 national championship team. They also have a handful of new coaches on staff this year, creating a bit of a different look at practice Wednesday.
Despite the changes in personnel and the obvious missing faces, the players say things felt right back on the field.
"It felt great coming back out," said junior linebacker Jabril Cox. "It's been two months so finally getting out and be able to fly around with the team, it felt great."
"Oh it definitely felt good," echoed junior offensive lineman Dillon Radunz. "It's kind of humbling to put your pads on and stuff and you realize how much rust you've got to knock off because you just came from PR'ing in the weight room and stuff like that. It was good to knock the rust off and it'll be fun to get after it on Friday."
The Bison practice again Friday morning. Spring workouts will culminate with the Green and Gold Spring Game, open to the public on Friday, April 26th at 6:30 p.m. at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.