Hardrockers enter final week of spring football practice

RAPID CITY, S.D. – With only a few football practices left for South Dakota Mines’ spring session, the Hardrockers are crossing their t’s and dotting their i’s.

In fact, no stone will be left unturned as South Dakota Mines caps off a productive four-week practice period that will conclude with their spring game on Saturday, April 23 at 1 p.m.

The Hardrockers return a core group of starters on offense and defense from a year ago.

But head coach Charlie Flohr expects tough competition at every position including at quarterback.        

Leading the way at quarterback is Jayden Johannsen who passed for over 2,062 yards and 15 touchdowns last year.

Plus, he ran for 559 yards and eight scores.

“We got two quarterbacks back that have played meaningful minutes last year,” said SD Mines football coach Charlie Flohr. “Their competition has been really good. Been very proud of them. From a receivers standpoint, we lost three receivers from last year’s football team. Really trying to establish some depth and add more depth within our receiving core. From a running back standpoint, it’s been great because those guys have really done a good job at trying to establish a run. But not be one dimensional.”

“When we get out there on the field, there’s a lot of competition,” said SD Mines defensive end Kyante Christian. “There’s a lot of guys battling for positions and things like that. Offensively and defensively. It’s just been a good brand of football that we’ve been playing this spring so far. Guys competing. Guys getting better. Pushing each other to the next level.”

The Hardrockers recruited around 25 players in the offseason.

Coach Flohr said he signed several offensive and defensive lineman to help fill one of the team’s biggest needs.

“From a recruiting standpoint, we’ve got to be able to recruit offense and defensive linemen,” said Flohr. “In order for us to be competitive within this conference, you have to win up front. You’ve got to be able to create pressure from the defensive line standpoint. Be able to stop the run. Then offensive line wise because of the weather that we have here in the Midwest, we’ve got to establish a ground game, as well as, protect the passer so.”

The Hardrockers are looking to build on last year’s success in which they finished 6-5.

South Dakota Mines opens the 2022 season on September 1 at Missouri S&T.

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