UNK football begins fall camp: ‘If you ain’t Lope, we want smoke’

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Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 11:05 PM CDT
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - University of Nebraska-Kearney football completed its first practice of fall camp Monday. The program is looking to build uon last season’s campaign that ended with a 10-3 record and second round finish in the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

Needless to say, players were fired up to be back practicing in an official capacity at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium.

“If you ain’t Lope, we want smoke,” UNK senior wide receiver Xavier Delt said.

The Lopers were picked to finish second in the MIAA this year. That comes just six years after being slated last in the preseason conference polls in the first year under coach Josh Lynn.

“You kind of want it this way instead of the other way,” Lynn said. “You know what I’m saying? We were there when we were picked last and I think that’s a sign of a developing program. And I will say this, we’ve got plenty of work left to do.”

UNK returns several important players from last year’s roster, arguably none more important than senior quarterback TJ Davis. He finished last season as the runner-up for the Harlon Hill Trophy, equivalent to the Heisman Trophy of Division II.

“Each year it gets more and more exciting,” Davis said. “That’s one of the things I love about Kearney. It’s a community of collective effort. You’ll see everybody at the games, people I’ve seen at church, maybe somebody I’ve seen walk through the elementary halls.”

The Lopers open the season on the road Sept. 1 against Missouri Southern.

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