2021 MSU-N Preview; MSU-N defense and special teams ready to make a jump

 

Last updated 8/25/2021 at 12:30pm

Havre Daily News/Colin Thompson

Northern's Dylan Wampler with the ball at a scrimmage at Tilleman Field earlier in the month. Last spring, the linebacker was second team all-conference and led the Frontier Conference with 50 total tackles.

While the Montana State University-Northern defense showed promise in the spring, they were still last in the Frontier Conference allowing 30 points and 435.3 yards a game. During their short offseason, MSU-N head coach Andrew Rolin made a splash when he hired NAIA legend Mike Van Diest to be the Lights new defensive coordinator. With Van Diest now leading the program, Rolin hopes that gets his defense to play better.

"We got to fly to the football. We got to create takeaways," Rolin said. "Coach Van Diest harps on alignment, assignment and technique. So we got to align correctly and we'v...



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