I hope you had a chance to enjoy the Easter holiday with family and friends. Today, the sun is shining in Hamilton as we prepare to strap up for our final week of spring practice.
After four weeks of spring ball we are starting to look like a championship team. Our offense was completely installed by our fifth practice, and since then we have been perfecting our respective crafts. Lots of younger players do not have much experience with our playbook.
The mental strain of learning an entire offense in just a few days is overwhelming and frustrating for many kids. Understandably, there were a few mental mistakes, but for the most part the coaches have been very impressed with how quickly the young guys have grasped our system. Junior wide receiver PJ Franciotti has emerged to be freshman quarterback Jake Melville’s favorite target.
The switch to a 3-4 defense has been fun to watch. So far, I have been most impressed by our defensive line. Junior nose guard Anto Almasian leads the merciless crew made up of sophomore Victor Steffen, and freshmen Nate Obinwa, Alex Campbell and Brett Field.
Freshman outside linebacker Chuck Cairnie stands at 6’5″ and has proved to be an effective pass rusher. Junior safety and co-captain Mike Armiento has been playing like an All-American.
We are four days away from our first annual spring game. Not only is this an exciting moment for Colgate football, it is also our spring fundraiser for Uplifting Athletes.
The game will feature a live concert sponsored by Broad Street Records, a catered barbecue, and popular tailgate events. Ependymoma survivor Colin Hayward and his brother Aidan will be our captains for the game. Music starts at 2 p.m. Saturday and the game kicks off at 3 p.m. We are very excited for this event and we encourage you to attend! It should be a fun time for a great cause.
If you can’t make it this weekend and would like to donate to our cause, please visit my player page http://www.stayclassy.org/fundraise?fcid=306944
Thank you very much for your generosity and consideration.
Together we are stronger.
I will be in touch after the spring game. Until then, GATA!!
Jimmy DeCicco ’15
Colgate University Football
President Uplifting Athletes