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College Spotlight: College Athletes' Expectations of Incoming Freshmen

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BUCKHANNON -

All it takes is one signature, and your life is changed forever.

"You really don't know what to expect in college. It's a new challenge. It's something to look forward to forever. It's every high school kid's dream to play college football. So it's an exciting time. It is," West Virginia Wesleyan junior wide receiver Connor Arlia said.

"When I got a phone call from West Virginia Wesleyan, I came down to visit," Bobcats junior wide receiver Chase Blackwell added. "It was kind of unfamiliar because I'm from the west and this is really far east. When I came down, I fell in love with the people and the community, and the school. The culture down here was great."

Not knowing what to expect is an exciting thing. But one thing the upperclassmen expect out of an incoming freshman, is the ability to work.

"When they get here, it's definitely a shock because this is where, compared to high school and stuff like that, this is where the real work happens," West Virginia Wesleyan junior quarterback Jeremy Musselman said. "They're making a decision to come here, so they need to have to right mindset where they're going to come in and they're going to work and be a part of this family."

Like West Virginia Wesleyan, every other college football program in the nation is using this time to get better. Every rep, throw, and catch is accounted for.

"Everyone is bought in right now," Arlia said. "We're really working hard as a team. We're working out four days a week right now. On Wednesday, it's kind of our off day, but we're still doing some skill work and stuff like that."

It's a bond that forms during the most unlikely of times. Old man winter rules these months. But inside these walls, the players are the ones who have the final ruling on a successful season come fall.

"I feel like I'm ready now, honestly. I'm so excited to play football again. But I know I need a lot of work and I know our team needs a lot of work and that's what we're getting in place right now," Blackwell said.

"We're on the right path," Musselman said. "So give us some time. Throughout this whole winter conditioning and the summer, I think we're going to get where we want to be and then come into next season ready to go."