ADAMS, Neb. -- Freeman returns 16 starters as the Falcons have a talented squad that's poised to make a run at the playoffs in 2017.
Senior quarterback Jacob Gramann is back to lead the offensive attack. Joining him is senior running back Lane Cacek, who dealt with injury in 2016.
Cacek rushed for 465 yards and scored six touchdowns in just four games before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury.
Freeman missed out of the playoffs despite a 5-4 record last fall. The Falcons are looking to find their way back to the postseason for the first time since 2014.