The 2012 Golden Eagles football team is ready to return to action this fall as the reigning Ohio Valley Conference champions.
It will be a season filled with challenges both at home and away for the eagles, facing nationally ranked teams like Oregon on Sept. 15 and rough season ender against long-time, in-state rival Austin Peay on Nov. 17.
With a rough road ahead, the players aren’t letting the pressure get to them and are using the schedule as a challenge to motivate them to work harder.
“We have to work harder than last year’s team,” Corey McDonald, sophomore defensive back, said.
With a majority of the players from last year returning, and a strong recruiting, class Tech is a threat in every game. There is a bigger target on the Golden Eagles backs since the team is the returning OVC champion, remaining humble and knowing that each game is more important than the last.
“The biggest challenge will be coming out of practice with the right attitude, not being content. We need to play hard every game,” Joshua Pleasant, a red-shirted freshman defensive back, said.
The players are pumped for the upcoming season, using last year’s success as a motivator to push them harder to not let the championship they earned last year be the only one for another thirty plus years.
“I feel like we have a chance to repeat,” Caleb Mitchell, junior corner back, said.
If Tech can pull off another championship, it would be the first time since 2008 that a team has won back-to-back OVC championships.