Goddard senior Colin Nevil wasted no time with the transition from baseball to football, with his sights set on one thing: an open varsity quarterback position. Although Nevil was pitching for the baseball team in the spring, he still managed to make the majority of football conditioning sessions.
“This is the first year I’ve got to play at the varsity level,” Nevil said. “I’m getting to play at a leadership position, I wanted the guys to see my commitment and I wanted to lead by example and work as hard as I could.”
With this being the first year that Goddard and Goddard Eisenhower have separate football teams, the Lions will rely on Nevil to lead their offense.
“It’s tough especially being a pitcher and also being a quarterback, I can’t overuse my arm and I have to be careful about that,” Nevil said. “You have to be there for football to run the offense, you have to know it better than anyone.”
Not only will this season be Nevil’s first on the varsity team, but it will also be Scott Vang’s first season as coach, looking to improve on last season’s 2-7 record.
Vang’s offensive approach will focus on keeping a balance between the running and passing games. Seniors Jake Vang and Mason Swann will anchor the offensive line.
“We’re going to try to be a balanced team. I think we have a very good quarterback and some very good receivers, but I also think we’re going to be very good up front,” Vang said. “Right now I think our passing game is better than our running game.”
With the loss of most of last season’s starters, Goddard’s defense is looking to fill some positions with underclassmen.
“Right now we’re not near being a really good team yet. I think we have the possibilities, but we have a long way to go,” Vang said. “We’re a brand-new team, brand-new staff, everything is going to be worked out.”