SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – The Union College football team was riddled by injuries last season, but the team stated at Media Day Tuesday that the problems were a blessing in disguise.
Union went 3-7 last season, but they said going through the week-in and week-out adversity turned out to be a blessing. Union was picked to finish second in the Liberty Games and returns 26 starters between offense, defense and special teams.
“It taught us a lot,” co-captain Nick Pierce said. “It's something that not everyone goes through a lot – a losing season like that. And for a lot of guys to come here and go through it, I think it brought us together as a team a little more. It forced a lot of young guys to step up and learn how to play, and like I said, a lot of young guys came back in great shape this year and ready to play even more.”
“Obviously, on paper we look great,” Head Coach John Audino said. “It remains to be seen what we can do on the field. And you have to perform for four quarters for ten weeks, so we need to do that a lot better than what we did. But it is exciting. We had a great spring because we did have a lot of experience.”
Union's first game is against Ithaca on September 6.