Tigers Kick Off Mini Camp, Hopeful for Return this Fall

Created: July 22, 2020 11:13 PM

Instead of thinking X's and O's, Northwestern football head coach Jovin Kroll's concern has shifted to where's the hand sanitizer and don't forget the thermometers. That was the reality as the Tigers returned to day one of mini camp.


The Tigers social distanced and took the precautions recommended to be able to return to the field as a team for the first time on Wednesday evening. The players expressed they were very happy to be there and to get back to work.

"It was nice to see faces. It was good to be back, running plays and get back to tossing around the football a little bit," explained senior offensive/defensive lineman Adam Thompson.

"They've made tremendous strides," added Coach Kroll. "I think they've had some pretty darn good quarantine workouts. You don't see kids, for what, it's been five months now, and your eyeballs kind of pop out of you head. You're like, 'oh, they've been working out.'"

The Tigers usually start mini camps in June and end with the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) football camp. Instead, they're getting started a month later and they won't be attending UMD's camp this year due to the virus.

In addition, a big decision could be made on Thursday for Wisconsin sports. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) plans to address the consideration for the recent school-based proposal that would push fall sports into the spring. The proposal would also move spring sports to summer.

The board is expected to hold a special virtual meting beginning at 9 AM on Thursday which could result in a final decision, however, the players hope to get started sooner rather than later.

"I'm kind of scared football is going to go to the spring," said senior running back and safety Colin Trautt. "It's not really football unless it's in the fall, but it's good to be out here," he added.

"I want to get back to either August or September. If they push it to the spring, it will be fine, but I'd rather just get it over with," explained Thompson.

The Tigers were allowed to return to the weight room at the beginning of he month and Coach Kroll said each session has been flooded with kids looking to return.

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