Davidson football motivated by past struggles, focused on turning around program

On Thursday, the Davidson Wildcats football team returned to the practice field. Head coach Paul Nichols said, after two disappointing seasons, the moment couldn’t come soon enough.

“It just feels like forever,” Nichols said. “It’s one of those things that you just can’t get out of your system, which is difficult, but in some way’s it’s good, because it motivates you.”

The Wildcats won just one game over the past two seasons, and that victory came against the College of Faith, an institution no longer recognized by the NCAA as a countable opponent. Players say the disappointment of past seasons can push them to better things.

“You remember the pain of going through two seasons where we struggled a lot,” said Chris Woods, senior defensive lineman. “You remember that pain and you let it fuel you.”

Players also acknowledged the need to move on, and not dwell too much on what’s in the past.

“One important thing we focused on is putting that behind us,” said William Morris, senior wide receiver. “The past is the past. We’re looking at the future. We’re looking at the PFL this year.”

The 2014 version of the Wildcats featured 77 freshmen and sophomores. Coach Nichols said a more mature group should pay off this season.

“I don’t think there’s any question that you’ll see a group that’s in better condition, that knows a little bit more about our system, and can play as hard as we possibly can play,” said Nichols.

Davidson kicks off its fall campaign on September 5th at The Citadel in Charleston, SC.