The camp grind is over and the school year has begun. We just completed our first fall camp with our new coaching staff with a scrimmage this past Saturday. Head coach Mark Speir has reminded us that we will have time to "get our legs back under us" before our August 30th season opener against Mars Hill. Practice has been going very well and both coaches and players have learned a lot about each other and how we work as a team. Now all that's left is finalizing the depth charts and critiquing our playbooks.
I am very excited about our team chemistry and the fact that our new players are now part of the family. We have so many new players in all positions that bring essential and huge amounts of talent to the field. We have a few new receivers that will be utilized, along with our returning receivers, as big time playmakers. I have had many "ohh" and "ahh" moments while watching some of the catches our receiving group has made during practice. We also have some new offensive linemen that are able to offer more depth than we have had on the O-line in many years.
During our night meetings, we discussed some team issues and coach spills his thoughts about our team to us. Coach Speir genuinely has our best interests in mind. His main objective is to create great men of us by the time we leave WCU. At the end of one of our meetings, we were offered Bibles from FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) that were engraved with the phrase: "WCU faith and family."
Inside, coach had written an inspirational message to all of us who accepted a Bible. I feel like our team will really benefit both on and off the field because of the coaches' aspiration of making us better men.
In our meetings we watched last year's film of WCU vs. Mars Hill and it was like we were watching some other team play. We can't wait to have a chance to prove that we are different this year.
At our last meeting we went over some housekeeping issues. Part of this was our game day and travel routines. You could feel the excitement in the air after we were finished discussing the details. We are all very excited to start this season. We feel like a completely different team compared to previous years.
We have worked harder than ever and are ready to turn that hard work into a winning season.