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Austin College Football Season Retrospective: What’s Next?

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Alex Ray, Sports Editor

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Both this year and last ended in 5-5 records. One was met with ecstasy, the other with disappointment. The end results were also mirror images. Last year, Austin College took out their frustrations of past seasons in a dominating 35-7 win over rival Trinity. The win capped off a 5-5 season that signaled great progress and the potential for an even greater 2014. This year, Trinity returned the favor with an absolutely brutal 41-0 beating.

 

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Photo by Kristin Decker

 

AC was understandably deflated after a heartbreaking loss to Texas Lutheran that ended AC’s chances of a conference championship and left little to nothing meaningful to play for. If anything, the ‘Roos have proven they can beat up on the bottom feeders of a fairly weak conference. They have made progress in going from squeaking by weak programs to beating them comfortably. It remains to be seen whether the team can now take the next step, a sort of football leap of faith, and beat good teams and win championships.

 

Part of this potential was seen in the aforementioned TLU game. AC had several opportunities to seize the game by stringing together a drive against a tough defense. Credit has to be given to a very solid Texas Lutheran defense, but these are the times where points must be scored to go where the team wants to go and do what they want to do.

 

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Photo by Kristin Decker

 

So what’s next? The biggest hole, just on paper, is at Quarterback. Senior Noah Jesko leaves after being entrenched as a starter nearly all of his four years here. Since coming in early in his freshman season for injured starter Travis Zambiasi, Jesko has taken nearly every snap. Fans will miss the familiar sight of #17 scrambling or uncorking a deep pass. The first in line to replace Jesko seems to be Freshman Connor Sollock. Sollock was called on after Jesko left with an injury against Southwestern Homecoming Weekend. He did little else but hand off in a limited experience, but he seems to have the coach’s trust. It remains to be seen what will happen next. Academic standards and limited recruiting means AC cannot simply go out and find monsters who will transform the program. They will need a special class of players, a coaching innovation or a rare amount of hard work. Some edge of some kind that will put them over the top.

 

 

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