First Spring Football Season Ends

Tech football ends on a 40-7 loss against the Tennessee-Martin Skyhawks making their record 2-5 overall, 2-5 Ohio Valley Conference. This marks the end of the first ever spring season.

The season was designed around the impact of COVID-19, so protocols were a top priority. The team was able to go through the whole season without any major scares in their protocols. 

Seniors were impacted by it being a different type of season, but they did not give up. 

Head coach Dewayne Alexander spoke in a post-game interview about how proud he was of his seniors during senior night against Tennessee State.

“There is one word that best describes the seven seniors… perseverance,” Alexander said.

The team has never had neither a season in the spring before nor a season with such high protocols. Adaptivity was a focus for the team to focus.

Jamaal Thompson, redshirt junior, gave his thoughts on how his season unfolded.

QB Willie Miller celebrates a recovery by his teammate against Murray State in their battle on Mar. 14, 2021. This game ended in a 36-31 loss for Tech. Photo by Thomas Corhern

“I feel as though the spring season was a learning experience for all of us. It was uncharted territory for all parties involved, so it came with some growing pains, but I was extremely excited and proud of how the team continued to compete and battle through adversity and the various challenges that came with playing football in the midst of a pandemic.” Thompson said. “For me, it was my redshirt junior season on the field, which means I have another opportunity to play again in the fall, and that leaves me both extremely optimistic, as well as excited for the progress that we have made, and the growth that is to come.” 

Coach Alexander was impressed with how the season went and believes that this season has created a good standing for what Tech football can do.

“We have a lot of good young talent. We have a lot of returning talent that’s just injured right now that we’re gonna have back… We got 90 something football players coming back. We got a heck of a football team coming back… The best is yet to come for Tennessee Tech football,”  Alexander said.

Tech football, as of right now, will continue to play during the fall as usual if everyone continues to be safe. Spring football could be a thing of the past as the fall schedule comes back around. That does not mean it isn’t possible for a return in the future, but as of right now, it will be continued through the regular fall schedule instead of a spring schedule again.

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