PHOTOS: Opening scenes of Bison Football Fall Camp – InForum

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FARGO — North Dakota State kicked off its fall football camp this week and christened its new artificial turf field on Friday, August 5. The surface is in the shadow of the indoor training center under construction.

Bison senior offensive tackle Cody Mauch said the size of the new practice facility was a topic of conversation as the structure was being built and nearing completion.

“It just became a joke. Every time we walked past, we were like, ‘Hey, what’s it gonna be? It’s gonna be huge. We were joking about it,'” Mauch said, to his sixth season on the program. “It seems like six years have passed. It seems like six years ago, I was the little guy who didn’t know what was going on, running around… hadn’t even thought of six years ago. It’s cool to see the program progress like this.

The Bisons opened fall camp Thursday and held their first official practice at the Dacotah field before moving to the new practice ground on Friday. The NDSU is scheduled to open the regular season at 2:30 p.m. on September 3 against Drake at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.

Below are images from the early days of fall practice:

The North Dakota State offensive lineman performs drills during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex Friday, August 5, 2022.

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North Dakota State wide receiver Phoenix Sproles checks his helmet during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex Friday, August 5, 2022.

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North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz gives direction during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex Friday, August 5, 2022.

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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller shoots a pass under the watchful eye of coach Randy Hedberg during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday August 5, 2022 .

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North Dakota State running backs perform drills during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex Friday, August 5, 2022.

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North Dakota State defensive backs prepare for practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex on Friday, August 5, 2022.

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The North Dakota State defensive lineman is ready for drills during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex Friday, August 5, 2022.

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North Dakota State punter Kaedin Steindorf and teammates get to work during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex Friday, August 5, 2022.

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North Dakota State players stretch during practice on the new turf at the Nodak Insurance Football Performance Complex Friday, August 5, 2022.

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Former North Dakota State linebacker Nick DeLuca watches drills during opening day practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022. DeLuca is interning with the Bison strength coaching staff .

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North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege takes a break during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State Safety Michael Tutsie conducts drills during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State safety Michael Tutsie jumps to grab a pass during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller shoots a pass while practicing with his teammates on the first day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller stretches during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field Thursday August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State quarterback Cam Miller takes aim during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege chats with head coach Matt Entz during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege prepares for drills during opening day of practice at Dacotah Field Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State defensive end Spencer Waege warms up with teammates during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State quarterback Cole Payton runs during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State quarterback Cole Payton conducts drills during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State’s Jalen Bussey and Raja Nelson run during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State running backs take a break during the first day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State University football players enter the field during opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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North Dakota State University football players enter the field during opening day of practice at Dacotah Field on Thursday, August 4, 2022.

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