By: Mara Meersman ~Guest Writer~
Club football made its official return to campus in an announcement made on Mar. 28.
This return has been in the works since the abrupt end to the 2012 season, which was riddled with injuries that forced the club to lose its funding and eventually its standing as a club sport.
Football has always been synonymous with injuries, but senior Club President James Scott and senior Vice President Jerron Taylor assures fans this time will be different.
In an interview they said “a physician will be at every practice to diagnose injuries early, plus new helmets to prevent concussions, which was an issue in the past.” Once approved, the guys took to Sherman Field and began work for the upcoming season.
This season the team will square off against Bluffton University on Oct. 6, Mount St. Joseph on Oct. 12 and Anderson on Oct. 27. Football season would not be the same without a homecoming. The team will play against Ohio Technical College on Nov. 1. All of this is exciting, but nothing compares to what the players are feeling.
“It’s a great way to get to know more people and play a sport that I really like playing,” sophomore defensive end and tight end Kerwin Ferrete said. It is not just the players who
are eager. Scott and Taylor explained their feelings toward having the club back.
“We think it means a lot for us to be able to showcase our pride that we have for Xavier University on the football field,” Scott said. Sophomore running back and defensive end Seth Hernandez told us the meaning of having a club football team on campus.
“It adds a different element to Xavier. People here love football especially college football. “Having club football adds a new experience for the students here both as fans and players” Hernandez said. Fall and football fit together so nicely-what makes it even better is the fact that it is here at Xavier for students to enjoy for as long as it remains a recognized group by the university.