The Free Press, Mankato, MN


July 30, 2013

Defense handles offense in live contact


"They might tell you, ‘hey I want to play every down,’ " Alan Williams said "They know what is best for us as a whole."

Stats don't lie

Alan Williams said that Frazier passed along a statistic Monday night that when defenses create a turnover and score, the team has a 75 percent chance of winning.

Last season, the Vikings defense caused 22 turnovers, including 10 interceptions, and scored three touchdowns.

"That’s in their minds," Williams said. "Not just turning the ball over, but also scoring with the ball. We say that all the time, we’re going to hustle, we’re going to run to the ball so that when there is a tipped ball, when there is a ball on the ground that we have more purple jerseys around that ball than anyone else."

NOTES: Coordinator Williams had some nice things to say about Minnesota State: "We are loving being down south here in Mankato, the fields have been excellent, the dorms have been outstanding, so we are sleeping well. The food has been good, when you have good food and you sleep well you always know camp starts off right." ... Former Minnesota State receiver LaMark Brown made a nice catch on a deep ball, fighting with cornerback Greg McCoy to score the touchdown. However, he later fumbled after catching a pass across the middle. ... Safety Jamarca Sanford and tight end Chase Ford both were attended to by trainers during the afternoon practice. Sanford resumed practice, but Ford was shaken up late and stayed on the sideline. ... The best interception of the day came as A.J. Jefferson tipped a deep pass into the air, and safety Robert Blanton adjusted to the ball in mid-air for the pick. ...

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