The Fairmont State football program has a new coach, a new attitude and a new work ethic. The Falcons are kicking off 2013 as a brand new team.
"There's been a lot of changes since we've been here. For us as a staff and also the players. Since day one we've been working on who we have and getting better at what we're going to do. Not really worrying about anything outside of that and that's still our goal today," said Jason Woodman, FSU Football Head Coach.
The team said a fresh start is exactly what it needed.
The Falcons went 4-6 in 2012 and the team is ready to put that season behind them.
"All throughout camp the coaches kept preaching they want to establish a new culture, a more winning culture. Establishing what a team should be and truly should be. We've seen a lot of aspects of that of course," said Daniel Monroe III, FSU Runningback.
Fairmont State will debut in its first game played in the brand new Mountain East Conference against the Seton Hill Griffins.
Coaches say a lot of off-season preparation has the team ready to go.
"We've asked them to do things here this past summer that they haven't done in the past. As far as workouts and being on campus and basically not having an off-season. Trying to get that lifestyle of working out and doing things right and doing it everyday," Coach Woodman said.
Coach Woodman's team believes it's working.
When fans arrive on game night, they will see a new Falcon team. One with passion and ready to win.
"We've just been doing what we're supposed to do every play and play hard. That's all I've heard in the community. People want to see us finish games, they want to see us play hard, they want to see us be disciplined and not get those stupid penalties. That's something we have really been working on with Coach Woodman," Monroe III said.
It's easy to say your ultimate goal for the season is to win a championship. But for the Fairmont State Falcons, it goes even deeper than that.
"Our expectations are the same as they've been since day one. Just keep getting better, play to the whistle every snap, do your job perfect, play as hard as you can on every play, and win every snap. That's what we are going to keep focusing on," Coach Woodman said.