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2019 MSU-N Football: Lights ready to put the D in defense

After putting a big emphasis on getting better, new-look MSU-N defense set to be put to the test


August 27, 2019

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern's B.J. Hatcher, helps make a tackle during a 2018 MSU-N football game at Blue Pony Stadium. Hatcher is one of many returning Lights who are determined to be part of a much-improved defense this season. The Lights open their season Saturday at Arizona Christian.

The Montana State University-Northern Lights certainly had their struggles on defense last season. Starting as many as seven or eight true or red-shirt freshman will certainly contribute to a rough year defensively.

And yet with the 2019 season about to begin, the Lights, second-year head coach Andrew Rolin and his defensive coordinator, Jake Chestnut, are ready to put last year's defensive woes behind them.

"We put a huge emphasis on fundamental defense this past offseason," Rolin said. "We know, we have to be better than we were last year. That's just the bottom line. And it's starts wi...

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