Rams prepare to win

Coach Wagner has high expectations for the season

By Zane Callens
On September 5, 2014

Photo by Summer Almaguer: Jeremy Johnson, defensive end applies pressure to Rance Layton, offensive lineman, during practice drills.

Angelo State football prepares to kickoff this fall under what will be head coach Will Wagner’s fourth season leading the Rams.

Beyond the field he has stressed to his players that “football is not forever and they need a degree to fall back on,” said Wagner.

Wagner furthered his point by noting that only three percent of college athletes play professionally at any level.

When asked what his expectations for this season are, Wagner was quick to mention a better record than last year’s 5-6 and a run at the Lone Star Conference Championship.

“I feel we can win the Conference Championship and my players do too. They have that expectation and if they don’t, I don’t want them out here,” Wagner said.

With high expectations for the season and demanding class schedules, time management was named the biggest challenge the athletes on the team face.

“We expect their best effort in the classroom, just like on the field, and that can be a huge burden, so they have to learn to manage their time effectively” Wagner said.

This season the ASU football program will enjoy a new venue as they open the season in their new stadium, Legrand Stadium at 1stCommunity Credit Union Field, on September 13th at 6 p.m. against Western State Colorado University. This multi-million dollar stadium is only one of a number of enhancements made to the program this year. The weight room has also received upgrades to better accommodate the needs of student athletes.

The stage is set for the football program this year. With quality leadership in the coaching staff paired with the players living up to the demands of student athletes, the Rams look forward to high expectations in this upcoming season.

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