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SAN ANGELO – When a team such as the Angelo State University football finishes its 2016 season at 5-6, from the outside looking in, one might think they may not be a good team this season. 

However, when Conexión San Ángelo interviewed head Coach, Will Wagner, he was excited and positive about the 2017 campaign as his team completed their best spring practices since he took over the reins in 2010.

“This has been our best attended summer workouts with guys coming in, in the best shape,” said Coach Wagner.

Wagner stated that his team realized expectations were not met last season so this year’s seniors are determined to leave a legacy in terms of wins and an opportunity to go to the playoffs.

ASU Ram defensive football players going through "Easy Out" drills at LeGrand Stadium at 1st Community Credit Union Field.

Wagner says both offense and defense are coming along very well; as for special teams he has noticed a dramatic increase there with the additional hiring of new defensive assistant coach, George Love.

Quarterbacks who started last season, #10 Jake Faber and #18, Carson Cook, split time playing the position. Both are expected to contribute once again.

Coach Wagner was asked about his two quarterbacks, Jake Faber, senior and Carson Cook, redshirt freshman. Both quarterbacks played an equal amount of time last year. Wagner was asked which one had the upper hand on being the starter.

“After spring you see Jake, probably established more as the starter, but definitely Carson’s going to get a lot of playing time, just because of what he can do athletically that presents a problem for the defense.” “It’s still a battle, but at this point Jake is a little further ahead right now,” Wagner said.

Heading into the fall campaign there are three positives Ram fans should feel good about.

First, even though ASU finished last season at 5-6, the Rams ended on a two-game winning streak. Second, the team and their quarterbacks: Faber and Cook have a year’s experience under their belt. And third, the Rams start the season with three consecutive home games.

How do you feel with all these positive chips early on in your favor, entering this season.

“I think you saw the momentum from last season, also with going into spring practice, so our guys are fired up.”

“They are excited to be at home and to show our fans the type of team we will have going into the season.” “I can’t wait for August 31 to get here,” concluded Coach Wagner.

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