It’s nearly mid-August, which means that football is retuning across the Two Virginias. The Concord University Mountain Lions reported to camp over the weekend for the official start of the 2018 season.
The team struggled last season, finishing the year at 2-9. This year, it’s clear that players and coaches alike feel that the squad is young. In fact, there are only seven seniors and about 40 returning players on the roster. There will be a learning curve for the new players, but it’s a challenge that the program feels it can handle.
"It’s getting these guys into shape and transitioning from high school to college football," senior offensive lineman Derek Dressler said. "Just getting them at the speed of the game and getting them used to seeing what college football is really like."
"I’m excited about it," head coach Paul Price said. "I don’t know if we’re strong enough yet to beat every team we play, but there’s o doubt in my mind that we can beat any team we go up against this year on any given Saturday. That makes for an exciting situation to be a part of."
Concord will open the season at West Virginia Wesleyan on September 1st at 12 p.m.