Wednesday was the first day of football practice for Carroll College and for a team picked to finish third in the conference by the coaches, on offense, they have a lot of questions to answer.
For fans, the number one question is who will be under center on Sept. 3 against Montana Tech, Coach Mike Van Diest gave the nod to fifth-year senior J.T. Linder.
"It means a lot," Linder said. "It'll be a long season. We look to stay health and I just can't wait to get it started."
Coaches still haven't answered their concerns around replacing three starting offensive linemen. The problem wasn't solved on day one.
"It's going to be a day-to-day thing," Coach Van Diest said. "The only thing that will be determined today is getting them out here and seeing how they like putting a helmet on."
Kyle Griffith expects to lead the deepest receiver corps in the last decade. The red-shirt junior is also one of Linder's closest friends.
"He trust everyone on offense," Griffith said. "I don't really think our outside relationship will affect the play. I think he's going to make the right decision no matter what."
Coach Van Diest did answer one of those questions making J.T. Linder his starting quarterback. But what about the receivers, will they be able to remain healthy for an entire year? Can the revamped offensive line protect the fifth-year quarterback? Those are questions that can only be answered on Saturdays.