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Viking Football 2010




From the moment the ball is snapped to when it leaves the quarterback's hand, a football team has an average of 3 seconds to make a play. Three seconds to cut past defenders. Three seconds to hold the defensive line.

That kind of teamwork characterizes the 2010 Portland State Vikings. As a team, they've used athletics to connect with youth from across the Portland area. In May they hosted more than 250 K-8th grade athletes at a free youth clinic prior to the annual spring game. In July, quarterback Conner Kavanaugh coached third graders at the Lincoln Youth Football Camp and defensive end Carl Sommer organized student scrimmages at the Nike campus.

That kind of teamwork is also emerging on the field, and the Vikings are looking to make 2010 a pivotal year. New head coach Nigel Burton plans to bring the heat with his innovative offensive strategy dubbed ‘the Pistol', as well as a new defensive formation (4-3) and a new result: winning. With 14 returning starters, Big Sky conference rivals soon will see a Viking invasion.

Home games this year will be at Hillsboro Stadium near Highway 26 as PGE park is being renovated. Free admission and bus transportation to and from Hillsboro for all Portland State students, school sponsored student tailgates (free food and soft drinks), and Freshman Frenzy at the opening home game are just a few of the coming attractions.

There's really only three things left to do if you're a Viking fan: buy your tickets, paint your face and cheer like crazy as the Vikings take on the 2010 season. THREE SECONDS AT A TIME.