Majority of defenders return for Hastings College

Hastings College head coach Tony Harper starts drills on Aug. 7, 2018. (KHGI)

Despite a 5-6 record for Hastings College, the Broncos were good in a lot of key areas and ranked top 50 in 18 statistical categories.

Defensively, Hastings needs to improve against the run as they gave up 236.8 yards per game, but they did face four of the NAIA’s top 17 rushing offenses.

"There should be no drop off," said head coach Tony Harper. "I mean, these guys we just had a meeting and we told them, 'Guys we can't start slow man.'"

Fact is, the crimson and cream have the tools and talent to avoid a drop off and hold up better against the opposing rushing attack this year.

"There's nine starters back on the defensive side of the ball, almost every back–up is back," Harper says. "We lost some good guys, don't get me wrong with that, but with this much playing experiencing we should be able to hit the ground running and see what these guys did in the summer because that's the big thing."

Hastings was at its best against the pass by holding opponents to 162.5 yards per game, fourth best in the NAIA, while playing the likes of Morningside (327.6 ypg/6th) and Dakota Wesleyan (318.1/8th), who were both ranked in the top ten nationally.

Hastings College fires off the season with two non–conference opponents before getting into GPAC play. The season begins Aug. 25 at home to Peru State.

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