Drake defensive lineman John Sawhill is preparing for his senior season with the Bulldogs and hopes the senior class will lead them to the Pioneer Football League title. He says his class is the first recruiting class for coach Chris Creighton, and he says with 10 of 11 starters on offense they have the leadership there too.
Sawhill played high school football at Jefferson-Scranton, and says coming from the small school, it was a transition moving to the college game. Sawhill says he didn’t know the time commitment, and says that was different, but he says the atmosphere, feel of football and the family feeling of the team was what he expected. He says they pride themselves on being a hardworking team and he says their strength and conditioning is their strong point.
Sawhill says the team also has pride in being a non-scholarship team that stands toe-to-toe with schools that offer scholarships.
Sawhill says it’s something they pride themselves on, “we go to school, it’s academics first.” He says even though academics is the main goal they feel they are excellent athletes too.
Sawhill says while the offense is more experience this season, the defense still looks to make things happen. He says they always want to win the turnover margin by being plus two in the turnover margin with the goal of three turnovers a game. Sawhill says while some players might have individual goals, the only written goals they have are team oriented goals. Drake opens the season on Thursday September first at North Dakota.