Before the football team heads to Appleton Saturday to play Lawrence University, Head Coach Chris Brann talked to the Terrarium about his players, upcoming highlights of the season, and his optimism for the team’s future.
Q: What’s your team like this year?
A: Our team is young, but they’re playing with a great deal of energy right now. I’m really enthusiastic about our future. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know when we're going to finally reach the end of the tunnel, but real soon. I’m pretty confident in that. I’m really enjoying the season, and I think the kids are too. They’re playing really hard.
Q: How have your first couple games gone?
A: I can see the progress. The two teams we’ve played over the past two seasons have a combined record of 31 and 9. We’ve played two really strong opponents. Obviously we would have liked to have won both of those games, but I feel good about where we are right now and I’m optimistic about our future. It is a little bit of a David and a Goliath playing Monmouth—they have 120 players, we have 51. We were winning practically until the beginning of the fourth quarter, so I feel like we can play with just about anybody right now.
Q: How do you feel about Saturday’s game against Lawrence University?
A: Our league across the board has gotten better. I think Lawrence is a better football team than they were a year ago. Despite losing Derek Carrier, there are definitely things we’re better at this year collectively. Each and every week, whether it’s Lawrence or whomever, it’s going to be a close game.
Q: Do you have any standout players that people should keep an eye on?
A: We have two team captains: Zach Bock’13, who was an All-Midwest Conference Selection a year ago, and Dillon Hess’13, who is playing quarterback and wide receiver for us.
Q: Anything coming up this season not to miss?
A: Obviously Homecoming will be exciting. Cornell will be back in the league; they’re a good football team. That’s our opponent for that day. I think the St. Norbert game is always fun. Then we’re home next weekend against Grinnell. The kids enjoy the support of any home game that we have. We only play five a year, so any community support and spirit that’s brought to the game is always much appreciated.
Q: Why should someone who’s never been to a football game come see one?
A: It’s just a great Beloit tradition. We’ve been playing football here since 1889. It’s part of who we are. There’s only been one season that we’ve missed, and that was in the '40s when the entire team entered the military. It’s thick in tradition and part of our heritage.
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