August 11, 2017 06:34 PM
(ABC 6 News) – The RCTC Yellowjackets football team is looking to improve from their 6-5 2016 season—their returning star defensive tackle could help the team improve in 2017.
The Yellowjackets, who opened football camp on Wednesday, are coming off of their first six win season since 1992—RCTC only played nine games that season and finished 6-3 overall.
RCTC also missed the state championship game for the first time since 2009 last year. If they’re going to return to the state title game and another bowl game in 2017, defensive tackle Ronald Wilson will likely make a significant contribution.
Wilson, who racked up 11 sacks (t-1st on the Yellowjackets) and 18.5 tackles for loss (2nd) as a freshman in 2016, said he spent most of the offseason back home in Leesburg, Georgia, but acknowledged that it felt good to return to the Med City.
"I was anxious to come back to Minnesota, adjust to the weather,” Wilson said. “I have to get used to it again, that's all. Coming from the heat and coming up here where it's cold a lot, I had to learn to adjust real fast and not let the weather be a problem or excuse for me playing."
As listed above, Wilson’s statistics from his first year in Rochester was great—but Wilson said year one at RCTC was still a process.
"I learned last year that if you work hard in practice, it'll carry over in the game,” Wilson said. “(It’s important) to be a good character player on and off the field and in the classroom."
RCTC will scrimmage NCAA Division III program St. Thomas University on August 19. The Yellowjackets will open the regular season on September 2 at Northland Community & Technical College.
Updated: August 11, 2017 06:34 PM
Created: August 11, 2017 06:11 PM
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