Head Coach: Mike Beagle
Career Record: 6-5; 2nd season at NDSCS
2002 Record: 6-5 overall, 5-3 conference
Returning Starters: Offense: 5, Defense: 6
NJCAA Preseason Ranking: 23rd
First Game: At Ellsworth, Aug. 28 (7:00pm)
The Wildcats will return a talented core of offensive and defensive starters. With 2002 First Team All-Region selection Quitman Kyles (5-8, 167) returning in the backfield and offensive linemen Josh Davis (6-6, 290) and Andy Knapp (6-3, 277) returning up front the Wildcats will look to put up some big points. Incoming recruit Andrew Haarmann (6-6, 270) will be a nice addition to the line with Knapp and Davis. Haarmann was rated as the 22nd best football player in Missouri and was among one of the top recruits in the nation. The starting quarterback for Coach Beagle's squad will have to wait until the end of two-a-days to be answered. Incoming freshman Joe Kubiszewski and David Whitmoyer are expected to battle it out for the starting position. Both were highly touted recruits out of high school. Whitmoyer passed for 1,400 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season. Kubiszewski was a Minnesota 2nd Team All-State selection and a 1st team All-Conference Selection during his senior season. Coach Beagle will also be looking for solid seasons out of fullback Mike Fuller (5-10, 252) and wide receiver Rochenel Absolu (5-10, 166).
On the defensive side of the ball the Wildcats return three Honorable Mention All-Region selections in LB Andy Spells (6-1, 200), FS Brian Dixon (6-2, 198), and DB DeGeorge Tebbs (5-9,175). Rodney Thompson (6-3, 322) and Yoney Fobb (6-2, 258) will provide experience on the defensive line while Ryan Goebel (6-1, 170) will provide added depth and experience at the linebacker position.