No Such Thing as "Off" This Season
By Jovan Bland
The Bulldogs football team continues to prepare for a return to the CIAA championship game that took a devastating turn last season. As semester's end slowly approaches, our Mighty Bulldogs work at a non-stop pace during Spring Practice until the time comes to flex their muscle at the Annual Black and Gold game scheduled for April 3rd.
The Spectrum got a chance to speak with Kenny Turner, cornerback and member of the Bulldogs top-ranked defense. The junior defensive back said "it's all about intensity" in this quick chat with The Spectrum.
The Spectrum: So spring ball is well underway. How are you feeling so far?
Turner: I'm feeling pretty good about it...It gives me a chance to pick up on where I left off and another opportunity to get better at my craft...
The Spectrum: Are there any changes to Coach Wilson's regimen that have you excited about the upcoming season?
Turner: Well, there aren't really any changes. When Wilson first came in he already had a set plan which is to do whatever it takes to win a championship. We are going to take care of what we need to in order to get to where we want to be: On top.
The Spectrum: Spring ball is usually a chance for many newcomers to shine. How do you feel about the new talent you've seen thus far?
Turner: Man, everybody who is new to the team is working really hard to mesh in with the scheme of things. It's been going pretty well, actually.
The Spectrum: Will team chemistry be an issue with the vets and new players?
Turner: Not at all...we bring in the new players with open arms, man. We make everybody as comfortable as possible. It makes us easy to get along with and vibe with - we treat the new players with the same respect we desire ourselves. You can't build a successful team with no chemistry so the relationship we have with the new players is important.
The Spectrum: When the older guys leave we need those younger guys to step up and be leaders, you know?
The Spectrum: So understanding that spring practice is for evaluation, what do you want to accomplish before the end of spring ball?
Turner: I just would like to get better. You can always get better no matter how good you are. I plan on just using this opportunity to better myself as a player and even a role model to the younger guys.
The Spectrum: What about as a team?
Turner: I would like the team to get on one accord. There should be an equal intensity level on both sides of the ball. I would also like us to realize what it takes to win a championship and execute it. The game isn't a problem - I believe we have the best team because we are a powerhouse team and I want the team to realize that there is nothing we can't do.
The Spectrum: What do you think is the key for the Bulldogs to be successful, transitioning from spring to summer to fall?
Turner: Consistency is one of the problems we had last season but we were still able to compete for the championship. If we stay consistent we are unbeatable. As long as we understand and know what we want to accomplish, we shouldn't have any problems. If we take care of our Number One goal then all personal agendas will fall into place...and we must push ourselves and work hard. As Coach Wilson says, "Don't think about how you feel think about what you want."