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By Amber Kuehn, Helena IR

Going into Carroll College’s spring drills five weeks ago, the battle for starting quarterback was a wide-open race. But with just two practices left — including a light scrimmage Friday — the picture has become a bit clearer.

“I’m really happy with the progression of the quarterbacks,” Saints coach Mike Van Diest said following Monday’s practice. “I think Mac Roche has done a great job this spring. I think JT (Linder) and Tanner (Gustavsen) are still developing — of course they haven’t been here as long as Mac. I think Mac, probably at this point in time, has the inside track. But I don’t think any of them are out of it.”

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By the Helena IR

Carroll College is ranked second nationally in the 2014 NAIA Football Coaches’ Spring Top 25 Poll, released by the national office Monday. The perennial powerhouse Saints received 270 points one year after going 12-2 and falling to eventual runner-up Cumberlands (Ky.) in an overtime semifinal.

Carroll returns a slew of talented starters from last season’s squad, including All-Americans Sean Blomquist and Dustin Rinker. Blomquist, a middle linebacker, led a defense that ranked third in scoring defense (16.2 ppg) with 124 tackles, including 91 solo stops and 19 tackles for loss. Rinker was the cornerstone of Carroll’s rushing attack, amassing 1,960 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 364 attempts.

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By the Helena IR

Carroll College junior Latecia Howell was named the Frontier Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week, while Ben Cutler and Daniel East were named the Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week.

Howell, a Rathdrum, Idaho, native, placed second in the long jump with a jump of 5.48 meters at the WAR meet in Spokane, Wash., this past weekend. Cutler, a senior from Kalispell, won the 200- and 400-meter races at the WAR meet, with times of 21.9 seconds in the 200 and 48.56 in the 400. East, a sophomore from Darwin, Australia, finished fifth in the high jump with a jump of 1.95 meters.

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Carroll College hosted its first spring scrimmage Saturday, but officials could easily have rebranded the event as a Winter Classic.

With a cold front that swept across the state — forcing the cancellation of Montana State’s scrimmage in Great Falls — came rain, then snow, then football. Skies were clear when the Saints took the Nelson Stadium field, but temperatures were in the mid 30s, with the wind chill dropping that to the low 20s.

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By Amber Kuehn, Helena IR, 04.06.14

Players will have the chance to display to the public the progress they’ve made this spring when Carroll College holds its first football scrimmage next Saturday. The scrimmage is scheduled to begin about 1:30 p.m. in Nelson Stadium and is free and open to the public. Three weeks into spring ball, Saints coach Mike Van Diest said the team has been doing a lot of mixing and matching and shuffling positions, as is typical this time of year.

“There’s a lot of competition going on,” he said. “We have work to do on both sides of the football, but I like how we’ve progressed to this point.”

Van Diest said the staff would like to run between 70-85 plays Saturday, assuming the weather cooperates. A week out, the forecast is calling for temperatures in the high 40s and a chance of showers.

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The 2014 Carroll College football schedule is finalized, with the Fighting Saints set to play 10 games in the upcoming season, all against Frontier Conference opponents. This season, the defending Frontier Conference champ will not play an out-of-conference game, and has five home games and five road games on the 2014 calendar.

 

 

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From KFBB

It was a bit nippy out but nonetheless still a great day for Carroll College to have their first football practice of the season. Now a lot of people's eyes will be glued to the quarterback battle. This year it's between JT Linder and Mac Roche as they battle for the starting job. But according to coach Van Diest, those aren't his only options.

"Well it's going to be great to see how Mac Roche, JT Linder, how Tanner Gustenson do," said Van Diest. "We've got a third year player, a second year player, and a first year player. So nobody really has any advantage over the other one because nobody has had to play a game and win a game."

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