It’s a new year for the University
of Wisconsin - Stevens Point football
After finishing last year 2-8, the
Pointers are ready to turn the page
on the past and focus on the present,
which they believe is very bright.
“We are excited about the future
of our program a nd excited for
this season because of how hard
everyone has worked,” said Head
Coach, Tom Journell.
“The seniors ran practices
throughout the summer where a
bunch of us guys would get together
and work out and practice together,”
said senior linebacker, Cody Seibel.
“We worked on becoming a closer
knit team and that has helped us
to work together and communicate
The Pointers certainly started
their season on the right note,
defeating Rockford University, 49-20,
in the Pointer’s season opener.
It’s a good start, but UWSP has
a long way to go in achieving their
goals for this season.
“One goal we have set as a team
is to play to our fullest potential
every game,” Seibel said.
“We know that if we do that
we will accomplish all our other
goals, which start with winning all
three preseason games, then win our
conference, and, ultimately, win a
In order to achieve these goals,
the Pointers football team has set
expectations for their players.
They begin with their primary
expectations; to have toughness, give
effort in everything they do, and
execute their objectives.
“It’s a philosophy that’s on and
off the field,” Journell said.
The team has expectations of
everyone, but some players put
expectations on themselves, including
junior running back and transfer
student, DeJuan Wright.
“I want to be as successful off
the field as I am on the field,” Wright
said. “Also to be a leader and lead by
my actions not words.”
A big reason for the optimism this
season is the fact that the team has a
good nucleus of experienced players,
with 40 juniors and seniors combined.
With more experience come
players with a better understanding of
the offensive and defensive schemes,making them more comfortable with
their jobs on the field.
“Our defensive guys have been
playing this same scheme since they
came here. Our offense is now in its
second year as well,” Journell said
It’s not just that the players are
comfortable in their schemes; they are
also stepping up as leaders as well.
“When we voted for captains this
year, we had 20 seniors, and 12 to
15 of those guys could be captains,”
Journell said. “When you have that
many people, you don’t just rely on
one or two, you rely on the entire
Journell explained that not only are the seniors stepping up as leaders,
but that juniors, sophomores, and
even freshman, have shown great
So now comes the question
everyone is asking, how good can this
team be? Journell knows that they can
“We have a bunch of guys that
care about each other. When you
have that, you can be pretty good,”
Seibel and Wright believe that the
sky is the limit for this team.
“I think we have all the pieces to
make it to the national championship
and win our conference,” Wright said.
“I know everyone looks at last
year and looks at how bad we were,
but this team believes that we will
surprise a lot of people this year,”