Wagner looks to make third season with Rams a charm
Old players coach newcomers on season expectations
Published: Friday, August 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, August 29, 2013 15:08
The Rams prepare to kick off their season at home against Black Hills State University on Sept. 5.
Senior Nekechie Miller said he feels the season will go well for the Rams.
“We look pretty good at practice and we have new guys on both sides of the ball that fit in real well with the returning players,” he said.
The new players are learning the scheme quickly, Miller said. He wants to create a lasting legacy before he leaves the university.
“I want to be a good leader, and I hope to make plays all over the field and throughout the season,” Miller said. “I want to create a winning tradition that the young guys can carry on.”
He said their No. 1 goal this season is winning by any means.
“I’m excited about playing on Thursday in front of our fans and show them how hard we have been working,” Miller said.
Head Coach Will Wagner also has high hopes for his third season with the Rams.
“We have a chance to be really good,” he said. “The changes we have seen over the last two years with our players are mature ones. They bought into our system and understand our expectations. Going through camp, the kids did a great job and we are looking forward to carrying it over on Thursday.”
The old players help coach the new players and make sure they know what’s expected of them coming onto the squad, Wagner said. This year there are 119 players on the squad, including red shirt freshmen.
Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at the stadium.
“We have high expectations for the season, and that isn’t set by the coaches -- it’s set by the players and some of our seniors,” Wagner said.