Live from the field... Upper Michigan Today crashes NMU football practice

Tristen Kendrick joins Tia Trudgeon as co-host on Upper Michigan Today Thursday, September 28.
Upper Michigan Today is LIVE at NMU's Superior Dome.
Upper Michigan Today is LIVE at NMU's Superior Dome.(WLUC)
Published: Sep. 28, 2023 at 12:24 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - With four games under its belt, Northern Michigan University is almost halfway through its football season.

Seven games are left, and only four are to be played at home in Marquette.

It’s crunch time for the Wildcats, though they’re no strangers to hard work. Upper Michigan Today stopped by NMU’s Superior Dome to check it out and to hear from Head Coach Shane Richardson about his expectations for the remainder of the season.

But first, Elizabeth Peterson shares another look on board Great Lakes Freighter, the Lee A. Tregurtha, before challenging the crew to do 20 push-ups.

Tristen Kendrick joins Tia Trudgeon as co-host on Upper Michigan Today, LIVE from NMU's Superior Dome.

Now, back to NMU football.

Though the last four games have yielded less-than-favorable results, Coach Richardson remains enthusiastic.

Trust, togetherness, and building chemistry as a team have been at the forefront since Richardson started his position in January.

“When you look at the scoreboards and the records, you’ve got to be careful to not get too wrapped up in that. You’ve got to focus on the small battles that you have to try to win. What it is is, you’re looking at trying to improve every week, you’re looking at what the players can do better on a consistent basis, and what can you do to stay fundamentally sound... obviously you want to win, but you have to establish the right formula to achieve that.” says Richardson. He adds, “This week we’ve really tried to focus on- we want to play full speed to the whistle, which really comes down to players’ effort... and the second thing is just playing with great enthusiasm.”

Enthusiasm in the stands can make a difference, too.

NMU Football's Head Coach Shane Richardson talks about the remaining season and his expectations for the players.

The athletes demonstrate a drill for Upper Michigan Today...

Upper Michigan Today takes a close look at an NMU football practice drill.

...before Tia gets suited up for end zone action.

NMU Football's Head Coach Shane Richardson teaches Tia a thing or two about football.

Northern Michigan University’s next home football game is Saturday, October 14 at 7:00 p.m. vs. rivals Michigan Technological University.

The game will air live on FOX UP.

You can check out the rest of this year’s football schedule at

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