MSU Prepares for Opener vs NM Highlands

MSU's final walkthrough was forced indoors by rain and lightning on Tuesday
MSU's final walkthrough was forced indoors by rain and lightning on Tuesday

The Midwestern State Mustangs are just two days away from opening up their season in Las Vegas, New Mexico against the Cowboys of New Mexico Highlands.

They had to head inside for their final walkthrough Tuesday because of lightning in the vicinity, working on the punting and kicking game while we were there.

We asked Coach Bill Maskill about where his team stands coming in to their first test of the season with a team that was very good last year but graduated a lot of key players.

"I feel like that we've got good leadership," said Maskill. "You know I think the seniors did a great job over the summer. I think we've got really good chemistry. Kids have bonded really, really well. We've got a lot of new guys. A lot of freshmen, a lot of transfers. And as I've tried to explain, is offensively we've got five starters that played from last year, where defensively we've only got three coming back."

We also asked him about his opponent, who struggled to a 1-win season last year but has a new look this year.

"Well I think the first thing that they do is the unknown," said Maskill. "You know they've got a whole new team, they've got a--pretty much a whole new coaching staff. We were prepared for one set of defenses, in the middle of the summer but then their defensive coordinator resigned. They brought in a--moved up an assistant, actually hired one of the coaches that was here, as a grad assistant four years ago. So we're not real sure what they're going to do on defense so we've had to prepare for everything."