Aug. 14, 2013
Football Anxious to Begin 2013 Fall WorkoutsBy David Boyce
Throughout the summer, Northwest Missouri State senior quarterback Trevor Adams sweated with his teammates in the weight room. They worked out, talked about the upcoming season and discussed other things that college students discuss.
Summer is always the time championship teams bond. Instead of scattering all over the Midwest and points beyond to do their thing, they sacrifice and dedicate themselves for the team.
“I’d say 95 percent of guys returning are already here,” Adams said. “That is what is so great about this team. We got everybody here, working together.”
Still, Wednesday will be special for Adams and all the returners. It is time to officially report for the 2013 football season.
Players gather with coaches. It is the first time head coach Adam Dorrel spells out the goals of the season. Captains make sure they set the right tone.
“That first day is always exciting,” Adams said. “You get to welcome the new Bearcats into the family. That is a huge opportunity for upperclassmen to make them feel a part of the family. You get one first impression.
“I think back to when I was a freshman, and having some of the older guys come up and talk to me was so awesome. It made feel so at home. It is the first time we get to meet and see our family that we are going on this 2013 journey with. It goes for everybody who is just coming in all the way up to AD. This is our one unit.
“It is cool we get everybody together, have dinner, a team meeting on that night and then practice starts the next day.”
And it should be a great first day of practice. Instead of temperatures hovering around 100 degrees like some years, it will be pleasant, 70s degree weather, almost like a late September day.
A few days after putting on the helmet, the players will strap on their shoulder pads and begin hitting.
“We don’t try to kill each other in practice because we are a family, but you start to see that these are guys I’m glad are on my team and we are not playing against on Saturday,” Adams said. “We have some physical guys upfront on offense. Our offensive line is going to do great this year, but our defense is really physical.”
Adams is no different from any other student-athlete entering the last year of collegiate competition. He is going to enjoy the ride and savor the moments. He realizes once the season starts, it goes by quickly.
“I do think about it a little bit,” he said. “It is in the back of my mind. I don’t dwell on it. Just knowing this is my last year allows me to enjoy every day.
“I have five to six months left. How can I make our relationships better with teammates, who I will never get to hang out with as I am going to hang out with now.
“It changed how I have been able to train throughout this summer. This is my last season. I do not want to go into it thinking I should have done a little bit more.”
The Bearcats are coming off another successful season by most program standards. They finished 10-3 overall and 8-2 in the MIAA. Northwest season ended in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs with a heart-wrenching, double-overtime 38-35 loss at Minnesota-Mankato.
“I feel like we are on the right track,” Adams said. “A lot of guys have been really working hard this summer. I can’t say enough about our team. They have been doing so well.
“We have guys committed to getting back on top. That is our motto this year. We are committed to it and working hard.”
Adams likes this year’s senior class. He said there are no big egos, just players who are willing to sacrifice for the betterment of the team.
“For me, I am trying to be the best leader I can be as I serve the other seniors and we serve the team,” Adams said.
“It has been such a blessing from God to be a part of something like this. I want to honor him in how we play.”
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