Fall camp is basically over for most college football teams, including South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, Black Hills State University and Chadron State.
The depth charts have been finalized and the preparation for their first-game opponents are now under way.
The Eagles, picked third in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll, open things up first on Thursday night when they face a good Missouri Science and Technology team in Rolla, Mo.
The Hardrockers travel to the RMAC’s No. 2 team, Colorado School of Mines, on Saturday, while Black Hills State will take on FCS Idaho State, also Saturday, in Pocatello.
Captains were announced for Black Hills State and Chadron State this week. For the Jackets, team captains will be senior center Andrew Blaylock, sophomore running back Phydell Paris, junior safety Damon Goldhammer and junior linebacker Cody Okray.
Five seniors have been elected captains for Chadron State, including St. Thomas More graduate and senior cornerback Conor Casey, senior wide receiver Kyle Vinich, senior safety Cole Montgomery, senior linebacker Dylan Furrier and senior receiver Danny O'Boyle.
No word yet on the Mines captains.
Both Black Hills State and Chadron State will start newcomers at quarterback this season. BHSU announced on Thursday that true freshman Ryan Hommel had won the job over redshirt sophomore Zach Meyer and redshirt freshman Ben Sjobakken.
The Eagles will go with redshirt freshman TD Stein, son of offensive coordinator Chris Stein. TD Stein won the job over former Douglas star and Eagle sophomore Matt Vinson.
The Hardrockers have returner Trent McKinney locked down as the starter at quarterback, with St. Thomas More graduate Jake Sullivan as his backup. Ben Broeker, who was competing with Sullivan for the backup position, will be third at QB, as well as backup to one of the wide receiver positions.