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Saints Open Up Fall Camp With a Ton of Depth

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HELENA -

Even on a day where it's 84 and muggy in Helena, a day at the office is way better, than a day in the office.


"Well it's great to get out of those offices," said Saints head coach Mike Van Diest. "It's so hot in there, watching film, and to be out here in the fresh air with 135 players and nine assistant coaches, this is what football is about."


It's officially crunch time for the Saints. With just over three weeks until their season opener at Southern Oregon, coach Van Diest is putting the heat on his players from day one.


"They've got to be tuned in. They've got to know their assignment and alignment," said Van Diest. "We can't wait for guys to take two or three seconds to make a decision on the football field. They know what they're supposed to do. If not, then we need to get somebody else in there."


Sometimes filling those spots isn't about a player's effort either. If there's one thing coach wants out of this camp, it's to keep his depth in tact.


"Depth is everything, and especially one thing that helped us last year," said Van Diest. "We lost five starters last year during two-a-days during the summer, and we had a pretty good season. So to have those guys all back and the depth that we had last year, somebody stepped up. You're always one play away from being a starter."


On a team loaded with veteran starters, I asked coach Van Diest what positions he felt they could improve upon. And the answers should make Carroll fans happy.


"I think offensive line. Back ups on the offensive line have got to be a key position," said Van Diest. "I think back up inside backers. We've got some great linebackers starting. We've got four starters returning on the offensive line along with Dominic Salle coming off injury. So I think we're okay in some areas but key back ups."


When a team is already thinking back ups on the first day of camp, I think it's safe to say that's a good sign for the season.

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