Football Team Looking to Build on Momentum Heading into Conference Play
The UWSP football team looks on from the sideline. Photo by Kylie Bridenhagen.

Football Team Looking to Build on Momentum Heading into Conference Play

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point holds an undefeated record, 3-0, this season and is led by the dynamic duo of seniors Jerry Williams and Ryan Swigart as the team looks to steamroll the competition with conference play ahead.

As of Sept. 25, the Pointers have scored 108 points, while holding opponents to 80.

Swigart, UWSP’s starting quarterback, has tossed nine touchdowns, accompanied by only three interceptions this season. The quarterback’s overall completion percentage has been 72.1 percent, as he has completed 49 of 68 passes for 750 yards.

When asked about how he feels he has performed this season, Swigart said that he was, “Not too happy with those three interceptions.”

Swigart believes that the offense can improve on their performance this season, but appreciates the team’s resiliency in tough situations.

“I think we need to come out faster, but it’s really shown that this team doesn’t get down when we’re not actually leading right away,” said Swigart.

“We have a lot of belief and faith that we can win the game no matter what the scoreboard says.”

The Pointer’s wide receivers have been benefiting from the efficient season that Swigart has produced thus far.

Williams, UWSP’s starting wide receiver, leads the team in receiving yards (437), catches (21) and touchdowns (6).

Williams noted that he is pleased with his success this season.

“I put in the work, so it’s finally paying off,” said Williams.

UWSP head coach, Tom Journell, echoed the lead wide receiver’s statement.

“It’s a team that comes out and works every day, we pride ourselves on being blue collar,” said Journell.

“We bring our lunch pail to work every day whether it’s in the classroom or in the strength center or in meetings or out here on the practice field.”

Journell praised the performance of senior defensive tackle Tanner Beaman in leading the team in both solo (12) and total (14) tackles this season.

“He’s just a dominate d-tackle and a lot of NFL guys are looking at him and taking notice because he’s leading our team in tackles and that’s rare that a d-tackle leads the team in tackles,” said Journell.

Beaman has shown his effectiveness on special teams as well. He blocked an extra point in the team’s season opener versus St. Norbert that set up the game winning extra point for UWSP in the second overtime.

“He’s all over the field and he’s making an unbelievable difference in everything that he does,” said Journell.

“He’s doing what seniors need to do and that’s lead by example and make big plays.”

The strong performance by this year’s senior class, coupled with the hard work and dedication that the team has put in, sets the Pointers on a path to make some noise and get deep into the playoffs. Before they focus on the playoffs, though, they will keep their sights set on the rest of the regular season.

“I’m not really looking too far ahead like that, just trying to win this Saturday,” said Swigart.

 

Kevin Bargender

Sports Editor

Kbarg079@uwsp.edu

About Kevin Bargender

Kevin Bargender
Sports editor and communication major with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in business administration. You can reach me by e-mail at: kbarg079@uwsp.edu or call/text me at: 715-650-7544

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