WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University 2018 football season, the second under head coach Mike Gutelius, officially got underway on Friday, August 10 with the first practice under the lights inside Cardinal Stadium.
"Today was a good start," said Gutelius. "The guys showed up ready to get to work and they all seem to have a chip on their shoulder. It was just helmets today, but there was a great vibe on the field. This group is fun to be around and they are dying to be challenged and be put to work. It was a solid start to the 2018 training camp."
The day started with the newcomers reporting to campus at 10 a.m., for check-in, head shots and height and weight measurements. After a newcomer parent's meeting and lunch, the veterans checked in, highlighted by 2018 team captains, seniors Joe Nacci, Andrew Lunarola, and Mike Alberto.
"The team is young and one of the jobs these upperclassmen have is to bring the newcomers along," added Gutelius. "The leadership is excellent in this group and the sense of responsibility to each other is really evident in the way we hold each other accountable. Our success will rise and fall based on how fast we can gel as a team."
The afternoon featured afternoon featured impact testing, compliance meetings for the offense and defense and equipment distribution before team dinner. Afterwards, there was a team meeting at 7 p.m., before the Cardinals hit the field at 7:45 p.m.
Practice featured a lot of individual skill work, both as a team and in position groups, as well as conditioning drills, focusing on getting the details right and not on scheme which will come over the next couple of days. The team will don shoulder pads for the first time on Sunday before the first full pad practice on Tuesday.
The Cardinals have just 21 days before they open the season at home on Saturday, Sept. 1 against McDaniel at 1 p.m. They open their second season in the The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) at MIT on Saturday, Sept. 22 at noon.
Catholic finished 5-5 last year, including 3-4 in the NEWMAC.