By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University football team has had little downtime since stepping foot on campus last week. The student-athletes and coaching staff have kept busy with its first practices, training, Capital move-in, an intersquad scrimmage, and multiple philanthropy projects – all before the first day of classes.
Practices have been ongoing since the team stepped on campus nearly two weeks ago, which also means the recently renovated weight room in The Cap Center has been seeing a heavy increase in use, as well. All the physical training, playbook studying and on-field practice led up to the team's first friendly competition – against each other. On Saturday, August 19 the Crusaders divided into two teams, purple and white, of course. The scrimmage broke down to offense versus defense, with the white team comprising of Capital's offensive players and the purple squad made up of the defense. There was a special teams scrimmage prior to the traditional scrimmage, which gave the first-year players their first taste of game-like action.
High-flying passes, big stops, and breakaway runs got fans that came to Purmort Field at Bernlohr Stadium to bring out the first cheers for the team. While White came away with the win, the margin of victory was close and progress was witnessed as the team prepares for its last scrimmage against Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio this Saturday.
While Sunday serves as an off-day for some, Cap Football was right back at it the day after its scrimmage. Picture day is often met with dread, but the Purple and White embraced it as another chance to spend time together, toss the ball around, have fun with USA Foto Photography, and create the first snapshots of the full 2017 team. The position group photos proved to be the most entertaining as groups jostled for the right to be first off the field, but also let their personalities shine as the cameras snapped.
Immediately following the last pictures being taken, each position group continued to bond after embarking on different philanthropic projects around Columbus.
The defensive backs and offensive line beautified the Capital campus by cleaning up trash left behind following move-in weekend.
The defensive line served as the cleanup crew at the Jewish Community Center located nearby on College Avenue.
Capital wide receivers and specialists made a trip to Grove City where they served those who served at American Legion Paschall Post 164. There, the group helped with an ongoing fundraiser for veterans by setting up, cleaning, tearing down, and everything in between during and after the event.
Capital linebackers made a trip to the local Ronald McDonald House to visit and interact with families and children residing at or visiting the location.
Perhaps the most inspiring story of the day came from the quarterbacks, who spent the afternoon at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Among the many children that the group spent time with, one brave young man stood out among the rest. A young man named "Garrett" was rehabilitating from a surgery he elected to undergo, and the Capital quarterbacks made the most of their time with him. Full of funny faces, selfies, jokes, and football talk, Cap and Garrett swapped motivations to make 2017 "the year of the bounceback".
Capital tight ends and H-backs were the first to get busy with its philanthropic endeavors while doing some heavy lifting during Capital's move-in day on Thursday, August 17. They and many other Capital athletic teams joined the campus-wide movement to welcome the newest members of the #CapFam to its new home.
The work is far from over as the Crusaders continue its preparation for a successful 2017 season. Cap will play in a scrimmage against Ohio Wesleyan this Saturday, 6 p.m., at Selby Stadium and then take the following week to prepare for its first regular season opponent, Mount St. Joseph University. Opening Day is set for Sept. 2 with a 1:30 p.m. kickoff slated.