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Football gears up for fall season with Red/White game

First-year football coach Ryan Brady prepares his team for the new season during their annual Red/White spring game on Saturday, April 20. Vanguard Photo | Matthew Hintz

On Saturday, April 20, the SVSU football team played in their annual Red/White SVSU Football Spring Game.

The game featured SVSU’s football team’s offense and defense players playing against one another.

The team is hard at work to prepare for the upcoming fall season with their new head coach, Ryan Brady. Brady has four main goals for the team this season.

The goals include having every senior graduate, winning the rst game of the season, winning the GLIAC and making the playoffs.

Brady has a good feeling about how things will go for the team this season, and he believes in his players’ abilities.

“I feel very positive about the upcoming season,” he said. “We have had a great spring season. The players have really bought into the team-first attitude. The energy and enthusiasm have been outstanding. The players have raised their expectations and standards for themselves and the team.”

Brady believes the positive outlook is a result of how well practices have been going.

“Practices have been energetic, enthusiastic, competitive and fun,” Brady said. “The team has been enjoying themselves on the practice field 100 percent.”

Brady said it is important to connect with his players and help them be their best.

“I am looking forward to spending time with the players day in and day out,” Brady said. “Building and developing relationships is what it is all about for myself and my staff. The season is truly a great experience to go on a magical journey together to try and climb to the top of the mountain.”

Cornerback Marvin White, a communication junior, is also hopeful about the upcoming season.

“I feel very confident in the upcoming season,” White said. “(We have) a family environment and everybody buying into the process of taking that next step forward to become a contender for the GLIAC championship.”

White said Brady is working hard to make the team confident about having better season and having a position mindset to make that happen.

“We always wanted to have a better season regardless of who was the coach,” White said. “Coach Brady is training us to have a better season, so we plan to take this positive mindset and turn it into a positive season, and we do that by taking it day by day and game by game and have that earn it approach.”

White feels as though the coaching staff cares about the players’ success and has their best interests in mind.

“Coach Brady and the coaching staff are one of a kind because they bring so much energy to the team,” he said. “We as players are learning to adapt to the new system, but the coaching staff really loves us and help us as players take that next step with their day in and day out dedication. Just learning from Coach Brady and the coaching staff is a blessing because they have so much knowledge to the game, so we are all taking it in as players.”

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