Football | Photo by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian
The Wright State University (WSU) club football team started practice on Oct. 12, as they are gearing up for a potential spring season.
There are numerous guidelines in place to protect the health and safety of the players such as a maximum of ten people at practice, temperatures will be taken every practice, wearing masks, social distancing and frequently sanitizing equipment.
Player safety is the top priority for the WSU club football team and the National Club Football Association (NCFA), which is the league WSU plays in.
“The key right now is to be safe and compliant with the adjustments leadership needs to make — that is how we will have a successful season in the spring,” said Co-Head Football Coach Mark Cox.
History of the club football team
The club football team made its debut in 2009 and has been nationally ranked in the top ten multiple times since then.
“We compete for a national championship every year against other club teams such as Ohio State, Pittsburgh and Miami University,” said Vice President and player Nolin Jackson.
In their first season in 2009, WSU went on to have an undefeated season and they captured their first National Championship in program history.
“We are guys that were either overlooked in high school and want to continue to take our talent to the next level or guys that want to finish our football career at the collegiate level,” said President and player Markee Zrnich.
“What’s beautiful about this organization is the diversity. We have players from different backgrounds, states, ethnicities, etc., the bonds created are inseparable and will last forever,” said Zrnich.
The team is a close-knit group and has focused on becoming closer this season.
“There is also a purposeful push toward camaraderie that was not prevalent last year,” said Cox.
The team hired two new coaches to take over the program this season. They are trying to balance installing a new offense and defense with all the restrictions in place.