"With our quarterback and skill players returning, this will be as good a season as any for us to make the jump,"he quipped.
Returning 13 starters, including the bulk of the Auggies' trademark high-flying passing offense, along with several key defensive starters, Haege and staff have high expectations for the 2011 campaign.
Augsburg entered fall camp with nearly 90 players on
the preseason roster, a high-water mark in recent years. Forty-nine
letter winners are among the group that is still about 25 less than
Quarterback Marcus Brumm (SR, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South HS) enters his senior season healthy after missing the final three games of 2010 with a shoulder injury. Despite playing in only seven games, his 191 pass completions, 2,161 passing yards and 18 passing touchdowns led the conference.
Brumm threw for over 400 yards against CUW last season as the Auggies rolled to a 62-10 win. Augsburg finished 4-6, dropping their final three contests after Brumm was injured.