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Landry Kinnie avoids Ryan defensive players during the game on ESPN.

Landry Kinnie avoids Ryan defensive players during the game on ESPN.

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Landry Kinnie avoids Ryan defensive players during the game on ESPN.

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Even the greatest teams are tested when faced with great adversity.

This was evident as Billy Miller took over as head football coach on May 9. The team finished 3-7, and look to improve in the coming season.

With most games, the battle is up front between the Offensive and Defensive Line, and no one would know that more than senior Brandon Coleman.

In the summer of 2016 Coleman moved to Denton from Germany. He joined the team shortly before summer workouts, where he would play defensive end for most of season with the junior varsity team. When the coaches recognized his talent and work ethic, they decided to try him as left tackle where he excelled.

Coleman caught the eye of college coaches all over the country, and was offered a Division One offer from Southern Methodist University in May of 2017

“My transition from Germany to Texas wasn’t really hard,” he said. “When I first got the offer, it was amazing, because it made me feel like all my hard work in this off-season had payed off. I owe everything to my family, my coaches, and the offensive line. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”

Another player on the team to receive a Division One offer is Anthony Tony-Itoyah. Tony received an offer from Fordham University in New York City, and was one of the most influential leaders on the team, setting a high standard of hard work and dedication.

“The season could have gone better for sure, and I am going to do everything I can to finish the year on a high note,” Tony-Itoyah said. “When I got the offer, it felt like all my hard work had paid off.”

Along with a new coaching staff, the team also promoted several new members from the junior varsity and freshman teams.

Sophomore Xylohn Posey was a new face and has been an absolute force having 100 attempts for 583 yards and 6 touchdowns.

“At the end of the day we are a family, and nothing will change that. Not the scoreboard, not the rankings, and not what anyone else says,” Posey said.

Although the end of the season did not end the way the team had planned, there is a new atmosphere in the football program. The team has a whole year to get bigger, faster, and stronger. With a majority of the team returning for the 2018 season, there is a lot of hope, of a playoff team next year.

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