MARQUETTE — The Redmen football team won just one game last season against Sault Ste. Marie, but the rest of their schedule featured seven playoff teams. However, this year the vibe is different for a team that struggled with injuries and inexperience in 2016.
“You just got to work your butt off every practice. Every play you got to give it 100%. Even if you get knocked down one play, you got to get back up and just keep going 100% all the time,” said Redmen linebacker Greyson Anthos.
“It taught me a lot about how you have to be together as a team. Most importantly I think is the bond through everyone doing their job, be in there for each other 100% of the time on every play and every down,” Redmen center Zack Albright said.
“It was a great experience for them. We had eight sophomores that got a lot of playing time for us on the varsity level on the varsity schedule. We had a lot of juniors that started for us, too. Defensively, we have a lot of guys returning and we have a lot of experience coming back, and the same thing offensively. Hopefully they grow from that experience and learn from the mistakes that were made in the past and we grow from that and we get better from that,” said head coach Dave L’Huillier.
Today the Redmen held their second straight practice with pads on and spent a lot of time working on defensive drills, with Coach L’Huillier under center. All in an effort to focus on the little things for the initial week of practice.
“The biggest thing is just doing everything the right way. If each individual does their job that they are supposed to do, complete their assignment the way they’re supposed to, and play together as a team and get better every single practice. If we can continue to get better every single practice, play hard on every single play, usually the good things will come in the end from that,” said L’Huillier.
Marquette opens the season on the road against Traverse City St. Francis on August 25th.