WINONA, Minn. (WKBT) -

Spring practice for the Winona State football team is in the books. The spring football game was Saturday.

The Warriors are looking to bounce back from a 6-5 season, but they bring back an experienced group. Quarterback Jack Nelson, the NSIC newcomer of the year, is back for his sophomore season. His top five receivers are also back, and some key players on defense.

"I think [the spring] was up and down a little bit, as kind of expected with the weather and everything else. But I think more than half was really really good, and the other half we had a lot to work on," WSU Head Coach Tom Sawyer said.

"We're nowhere satisfied with where we have to be but it was a good spring. Got a lot of great, fundamental work in and we're excited about going into summer."

"Just gotta keep getting better like we have here in the spring, come back in the fall ready to go and win the title," Nelson said.

"We're a big play team," added Sawyer. "We got to be able to handle the clock. We got to be able to score in the red zone. Those are two things we need to improve on. Saw flashes of it this fall but it's not quite ready yet."

Winona State opens its season September 4th at Northern State. The home opener is the following week, September 13th against U-Mary.