GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) CMU football held its first spring practice on Tuesday.
The team is coming off a 9-1 season in which they won the RMAC title.
However, a loss to Azusa Pacific in the season final ended the Mavs playoff chances.
"That loss last year was kind of a sour point in the season," said head coach Russ Martin. "We didn't play very well to finish. We knew we had to win that football game to get into the playoffs. We didn't. Our guys have worked hard this offseason. Now we're ready to get after it. I think they have very high expectations. That's what we have as a staff."
CMU returns quarterback Eystin Salum who was responsible for 33 touchdowns last season, 20 through air with 15 on the ground.
Salum also recorded 3384 all-purpose yards.
"Anytime you end the season with a loss you're going to want to get back out here and get going," said Salum. "It put a damper on the season. But every year I'm excited to get back out here. It's spring ball."
The Mavs first spring scrimmage is March 24 at 10 A.M. at the CMU practice field.
The team will open the season against South Dakota Mines at 1 P.M. on September at Stocker Stadium.