FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) -- The Bison football team is back on the practice field for the first time this fall.
A spirited first day in shorts and helmets for the defending National Champions.
Bison Head Coach Chris Klieman said there wasn't just one message for his team before the first practice.
"The main thing is learn how to practice for the younger guys, older guys teach those young guys how to practice and compete and finish. Compete in every rep you get," Klieman said after practice.
"We have great competition here with the amount of kids returning and then finish every drill learning how to practice the Bison way for these young kids is probably the biggest challenge for these young kids in the first couple days."
The Bison have 24 seniors on the roster. Running back Bruce Anderson and safety Robbie Grimsley both realizing Friday is the last 'first day' of fall camp.
"When you're a freshman you're happy to be here. You're looking at the sum of things. Senior year you're just taking it day by day. You just look at, you know you don't have many days of practice and games left so you're just kind of more grateful for the game," Anderson said.
"(It) feels like a month ago I was out here for the first time. It's been fun these last three, four years, but I'm ready to get after this senior year," Grimsley said. "Our mentality is to every day just get after it. I mean obviously you want to come, accomplish as much as you can in your last year so we'll see what happens."
The Bison open the 2018 season September 1st against Cal Poly.