Football season kicked off with the Cru winning a scrimmage against Monterrey Tech (28-27) and a preseason game against Wisconsin-La Crosse (24-19).
Fully recovered from a previous knee injury, MBA graduate student and running back Quincy Daniels will play his last season with the Cru without a knee brace. His hopes are high for the team.
“As a player, I just want to do whatever I need to do to help the team achieve our goal of winning a national championship .… I don’t really focus on individual goals,” Daniels said.
He is part of the “unity council which is a group of leaders on the team.”
One ambition the group discusses for this season is for players to create a steadiness of teamwork.
“We believe having good team chemistry can help us achieve great things on and off the field,” Daniels said.
He also wants the freshmen and transfer players to “buy-in to the program, and work hard to help the success UMHB football has enjoyed” over the past 13 years.
Couch Cru captain and senior elementary education major Rebecca Widmer is ready to root for the Cru. She serves with six other captains leading the student body in supporting athletic events.
“I think our main focus this year is to move Couch Cru to what it started out to be … just a bunch of students together cheering on our teams for the same purpose,” she said.
Widmer is aware it isn’t easy to maintain poise in a sports crowd but hopes students would be an example.
“I would like for us to be able to show through our cheers that we are completely centered on God,” she said. “It’s important to represent our university in a positive way.”
She hopes for many wins this season including a chance to play in the Stagg Bowl.
Senior communication major and tight end Trey Hazelton also has high expectations for his team this year.
“Honestly, I really think we can go all the way without a doubt,” he said. “We have the team to do so this year.”
Being one of the oldest on the field, Hazelton wants to make a bigger difference for the team than he has in previous years and serve as a leader for his teammates.
The rain was a distraction during practice this past week, he said, but it didn’t stop the coaches from preparing the team for Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The Cru victoriously pulled through in the second half of the game, accomplishing the largest comeback in the program’s 13 years. Daniels rushed for 144 yards on 27 carries.
“I am confident we will do well this season,” Hazelton said.
With conference around the corner, Hazelton says competition could be stiff.
“Mississippi will be good, but Hardin-Simmons will be our biggest challenge,” he said.
HSU is scheduled to be the first home game at Tiger Stadium, and the Couch Cru, also ready, will be there supporting their fellow students—decked out in purple and gold.
“I hope we are able to make a better connection with all students, Couch Cru and football team that we are all one student body together,” Widmer said, “and I hope we do win.”