PUEBLO — The No. 9 CSU-Pueblo football team is gearing up for their season opener at Dixie State Saturday night (7 p.m.)
After an 11-2 campaign in which they shared the RMAC Title for the eighth time in nine years, the Thunderwolves fell short of their ultimate goals with a second-round loss to MSU-Mankato in the NCAA Division II Football Playoffs.
Head Coach John Wristen returns for his 12th season under the helm and brings back a veteran squad on both sides of the football.
Sophomore quarterback Gunner Lamphere has been pegged to start the season under center. The signal caller is one of the few underclassman on a team loaded with experience at running back and on the defensive line.
With expectations high in Pueblo, the team believes 2019 is their opportunity to push the limits on where the Pack can finish.
"This 2019 version of Pack football really started after we lost to Mankato in the playoffs," Wristen said. "The kids that come back are on a mission to do things a little bit different to win the last game."