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Competition heavy for Loper backs

Redshirt freshman Dayton Sealey carries it up the middle at an Aug. 7, 2017 UNK football practice (KHGI)

KEARNEY - UNK's ground game needs a big improvement in 2017 after averaging 106.5 yards per game a year ago.

There's a new offense being implemented, and it's rush heavy. Another bonus for the Lopers, there's a lot of competition for those carries to try and boost the weekly numbers.

"We have a couple good running backs in (redshirt freshman) Dayton Sealey and (sophomore) Thomas Russell coming back for us," said head coach Josh Lynn. "We also added a couple junior college kids in that mix. There's a good little competition there, probably as good as any on the field right now, at the running back spot."

UNK's rushing production was good for only 2.96 yards per carry, 22nd worst in Division II football a season ago.

Luke Quinn led the roster with 713 rushing yards and a 3.9 average with nine touchdowns as a sophomore. Quinn is not playing this season.

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