The Midwestern State University Mustangs are looking for another winning season under head coach Bill Maskill.
“We are in better shape than we’ve ever been.” Bill Maskill, MSU Head Coach
Midwestern State Head coach Bill Maskill hasn’t seen a losing season in his 15 years with the mustangs.
That along with the attitudes of his coaching staff, is what makes recruits choose MSU over other schools in the Lonestar Conference.
“O just didn’t feel as comfortable with the other schools as I did here, like when I came here on my visit i just felt really at home. The coaching staff was really, I could tell they really cared about me and I wasn’t just another number.” 09;58;31;12 Josh Wydermyer MSU Free Safety
To continue the winning streak… The mustangs are relying heavily on juniors, like free safety Josh Wydermyer and running backs—Adrian Seales and Vincent Johnson who led the conference in rushing touchdowns.
“Josh played as a freshman, Adrian played as a freshman. Then last year, Josh was one of our team leaders and this year he’s a junior he’s going to have a heck of a year, so will Seales. But they’re young, they’re still young. Seales missed spring practice his freshman year then he missed a whole year, then he came back then he was out of shape last year. So, he was hurt, out of shape, i mean there was all kind of stuff going on with him last year. Where he’s been here all last summer. He didn’t have to go to summer school, he’s eligible, he’s in shape, he’s motivated. He’s had a heck of a camp.” Bill Maskill, MSU Head Coach
The mustangs also chose 3 juniors as captains to lead.
“Those three guys are learning how to be captains, Kevin Fisher, Sir’Vell Ford, and and Alec Divalerio, they’re probably leading more by example. We’ve got 15,16 seniors that are in an unusual role, because usually some of those guys are captains. But I think one of the strengths of this team, probably one of the biggest strengths we have is our team is really close knit and they’ve bonded, they’ve got good chemistry. And I think that’s showing up out here with what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.” Bill Maskill, MSU Head Coach
They still, however, have to clean up the basics at every position after going 4-1 in games decided in the final seconds.
“We were able to finish ball games in the fourth quarter, probably way too many times. That’s a positive, but also you like to be able to get up and stay up and not have to worry about coming from behind. We’d like to start faster this year.” Bill Maskill, MSU Head Coach
“We just need to get tougher. We got to get tougher, that’s really an emphasis on the off season this time. So, coach jage? And all the offensive coaches are making sure we just get tough and move people and score points mainly.” Adrian Seale, MSU Running Back
“Everybody wasn’t on the same page, some people wanted it more than others. That’s where i think this year, everybody is more so on the same page. Everybody has that one goal and that’s to get a national championship. I feel like everybody really gelled in this year.” Josh Wydermyer, MSU Free Safety
The Mustangs kick off their season Thursday night against Quincy. It’s a 7 o’clock kick off at Memorial.