After spending several years at or near the bottom of the Iowa Conference the prospects have changed for the University of Dubuque football program. Coach Vince Brautigam has led a turn-a-round that included a 7-3 record a year ago, the programs best season since 1980.

Not only that but the school will unveil it’s new football stadium this season. Brautigan says they’ve worked hard to get it going starting 7 years ago and he says the work ethic has paid off. That Spartans have posted consecutive winning seasons and Brautigam says they hope to build off that. He says the players have started a new tradition and the players want to keep that going.

The Spartans must replace record setting quarterback Jermar Jackson who complied more than 10,000 yards in his career, and they have a junior and a sophomore who’re vying for the job.

On the schedule this season is a trip to California to play the University of the Redlands which is ranked highly. That game comes after the school’s first night game in history against Rockford.