JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Edward Waters Tigers began fall football practice for the 2015 season this week.
EWC, coming off a 4-6 campaign in 2014 (2-3 Sun Conference), are looking to turn the program around this season. But first, head coach Alvin Wyatt, Sr. says he needs to get his players to believe.
"We're excited," Wyatt, Sr. said. " We've got a group of young talented student athletes that's going to coming in here and do what's necessary in order for us to have success. Our first and foremost responsibility is to make sure that they understand that they have to get ready to believe in themselves more than they've ever believed anything in their life. Once they do that, half the battle is fought."
Wyatt thinks his team has reason to believe. The Tigers have added new talent like Alabama State transfer, quarterback/wide receiver Sir Jackson. Wyatt, Sr. called Jackson "a complete athlete," and said while he can play any position, the Tigers like him at quarterback.
EWC also return some key contributors from 2014 including All-American sophomore quarterback Tyler Mahla. Look for the Tigers to use multiple quarterbacks, especially Jackson and Mahla.
"Hopefully we can get off to a good start," Wyatt, Sr. said. "Hopefully our quarterbacks can excel like we expect them to excel because they are going to be the difference makers."
The Tigers will need those key players to step up right away as they face what appears to be one of the toughest schedules the program has seen.
The schedule is also headlined by games against Kennesaw State, Morehouse College, Concordia College, and an inner-city match up against the Jacksonville University Dolphins. The game is scheduled for October 17 at 1 p.m. on JU's campus and will be televised on ESPN3. The Tigers only have three home games compared to seven on the road, including the game against the Dolphins.
"We look forward to a very challenging and tough schedule," Wyatt, Sr. said. " Our student athletes need to be really ready to compete against these people we are going up against."
The Tigers start the regular season, August 22, against the University of Faith at 7:30 p.m. at home (Stanton High School).
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