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The Beginning of Last Firsts

By Davis King, Class of 2018 –
Written on 9/1/17 in anticipation of the beginning of the football season.

Tomorrow will be another “last first” for the fellow football seniors and I. The football team will be taking on the Redlands Bulldogs here in California, and it will be my “last first” football game as a Trinity Tiger. Recently, there have a lot of these “last firsts” in terms of my football career at Trinity, starting back in the spring when it was my final semester of participating in spring workouts and spring practice. Then it was my "last first" day of training camp on August 10th, where each player gets to be a “full-time athlete” for nearly two weeks prior to the fall semester starting each year. During these two weeks, our team eats all three meals together, practices together, lifts together, and pretty much share the exact same schedule for all hours of the day.

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Davis gets ready to pass the football during a 2016 season game. Photograph by Joshua Moczygemba.
In just 10 short weeks this season will come to a close. My four seasons as a Trinity University Football player will be completed, and I will join the many men who came before me and add the word “former” to my title. These “last firsts” will continue to occur all throughout my senior year, and up to graduation on May 12th, 2018, or 253 days from now (but who’s counting?). With each day flying by, I just want to make sure to take it all in, enjoy every minute I have together with my teammates and coaches, and appreciate all that Trinity has provided our team during my time as a Tiger.

As I enter into my fourth season, it is also the fourth season for our head coach, Jerheme Urban. Coach Urban has continued to impress me, year after year, in how he transforms our unique and diverse team of individuals into a collective group and close-knit family. A few examples include: “Real Life Thursday’s” in the spring, when Trinity football alumni come and speak to our team about a variety of topics, “Fool’s in the Pool” twice a year, where our team does a pool workout filled with competition and a belly flop contest, or even just having our team learn the Trinity University Fight Song and perform it each night during camp.

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Davis moves down the field with the ball in a 2016 season game.
This upcoming football season is a little different than the past three. Now part of a new conference, the SAA (Southern Athletic Association), we will be flying five times. In order to be ready for these new opponents, we have been fortunate to get to workout in the brand new Stumberg Sports Performance Center, a state of the art athletic facility that was just completed this summer in the William H. Bell Athletic Center. Our team also gained the edition of a new coach, Michael Clark, who joins the staff with years of experience at both the collegiate and professional level. In addition, football and other sports have also gained access to brand new locker rooms. The above mentioned changes, as well as the continued renovations to the William H. Bell Athletic Center, will continue to attract top students and athletes for years to come.

I cannot thank Dr. AndersonBob King, the many faculty and staff, and the alumni for all of the tremendous support we receive. Our team is very fortunate to have all that we do: travel opportunities, meals, two helmets, warm-ups, and more. I am so excited for the season ahead and how the program will continue to grow under Coach Urban’s direction.

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Come out and support the Trinity Tigers in the 2017 season!
Come out and support the Tigers at one of our games this season! For the class of 2018, our “last first” home game will be Saturday, September 24th, as we take on Chapman at 1:00 pm.

About Davis

Davis King is senior from Columbia, South Carolina majoring in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and minoring in both Economics and Sport Management. He is the Co-Chair for the Student Ambassadors, Co-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, University Tour Guide, Trinity Distinguished Representative, and works in the Equipment Room. He participated in Trinity’s Shanghai Summer Program in the summer of 2016, and will be participating in the Sport in London Program this upcoming winter break. The past summer Davis interned at Andeavor (formerly Tesoro Corporation) in San Antonio. He has accepted a position with Andeavor and will begin following his graduation in May 2018.

1 comment:

  1. And after you walk across the stage in May, you can join the 29,000 other ex-Trinity students as proud Alumni! Great article by a great Trinity Athlete, Scolar and Student!