A perrenial power in NCAA Division III football opens their season this weekend with a lot of questions.
Illinois Wesleyan football coach Norm Eash has helped the Titans become one of the country's most highly-regarded and respected teams in the NCAA Division III. He is looking forward to what the upcoming season has for him and his Titans. Eash will not have his thirty-two seniors he had last year, which he says will be different when it comes to having a team that isn't as experienced as it was last year.
The 5-time "Coach of the Year" explains with all of the new talent, there will be many changes to what they do. He says it's important to work with the talent you have and have a system fit to their skills.
With new players comes new problems with how to deal with the pressure these freshman will be dealing with. Eash says when putting true freshman out on the varsity can sometimes be a coin toss because how each player transitions to the college game varies.
The Titans biggest question comes at the quarterback position, where for the first time in many years, Coach Esh and the Titans will turn to a freshman. Jack Warner will lead the team under center Saturday afternoon. Coach Eash says the kids respond well to Warner and feels Warner is more than capable of leading the offense in 2014.
The Titans will be playing their first game at home against Franklin College at 1PM. Coach Eash calls this year's non-conference schedule the toughest he's had in his 20-plus years at Wesleyan. The Titans will hit the road the next two weeks and head to Albion College in Michigan and then to Simpson College in Iowa.