It was an exciting day for the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology's football program as the Hardrockers got back to campus this weekend and got into the fall swing of things today with their first practice.
The Hardrockers spent the weekend getting moved into their dorms, taking care of the paperwork and other administrative details needed to get the season going, and picking up their equipment ...
Monday marked the first day on the field for the 2018 version of the 'Rockers and head coach Zach Tinker said the excitement was palpable and that regardless of the level of football being played the first day of practice isn't that much different anywhere.
Tinker says, "I'm not sure it's any different than any level. I mean if I'm getting ready to get the eighth-grade team going or get the Denver Broncos going, you know, I want the players in the program to do what they're being asked to do and do it to the very best of their ability. I'm not sure that's different at any level, what can we do, how do we establish the culture and our men are ready to go. I mean even just this morning, more detailed just being on the field for the first time, more detailed, a little more locked in than you've had in years past, and I think we've got some good, experienced players that have helped that."
The Hardrockers open their season September 1st on the road in Grand Junction, Colorado against Colorado Mesa. The Mavericks, last season's co-conference champions, were picked to finish second in this year's Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference preseason poll. Mines was picked sixth by the conference's coaches.
The Hardrockers' home opener is September 8th against Western State.