Spring football here we come

Sharaya Barnett, Staff Writer

Spring season of football for the AIC Yellow Jackets has just begun and all are very exited to see how the team performs this time around.

Last season the team struggled with one win overall, so this season they have a lot to prove to themselves and everyone else that they are back and better.

Many players on the team have been here at AIC playing football for two or three years and have stepped up to the plate to help lead their team to success this season.

Photo by: Aaron Gordon

Jacquese Johnson #9, corner position and senior at AIC, said he is helping with the leadership of the team.

“I’m doing everything I need to do so others will follow along and play their part to the best of their ability,” Johnson said. “I want everyone to be inspired by my success in the past years.”

Johnson also discussed how he thinks the team will do this season.

“Team bonding is being worked on. There is better focus this season which is good. Everyone played last season so they know what to do,” he said.

The team playing together collectively will help them out and bring them well deserved victories.

Darryl Hill Jr. #25 also corner position and freshman at AIC said the team has high hopes for a good spring season.

“Every day is working progress, it’s a process,” said Hill. “Every day we get better, the team is doing their best and we’re moving in the right direction.”

Athletes have it hard. Balancing your social, academic and athletic lives must be a challenge with a football player’s schedule.

“Mondays and Wednesdays are lift days. Those days are easier than most, I don’t have to get up as early and I have the day to myself,” Hill said.

When it comes to balancing those parts of an athlete’s life, Johnson said, “It’s not that hard, depending on your schedule. If you want to make it work you can. Just study and stay focused.”

Photo by: Aaron Gordon

Jaysen Thompson, Junior at AIC, #12 linebacker had a different opinion.

“It is pretty hard,” Thompson said. “I get no sleep, there’s a lot to accomplish in a day. Having to wake up at 6 a.m. some days and then go to class can be tough.”

Thompson added, “The strength the team has is our leadership and experience. We just need to work on staying consistent and finishing games.”

“So far things have been going good. There is a lot of competition because of last season’s record. People have a lot to prove to coaches and themselves,” Thompson said.

Overall, the team seems to be very focused and ready to come back stronger than ever. The campus community is looking forward to seeing how the team does and wish them the best of luck this season.