Crossan shines in collegiate debut
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 02:09
The University of New Hampshire football team succeeded on Saturday afternoon as the ‘Cats took care of Colgate 53-23 on their home turf at Cowell Stadium. It was an opportunity filled game, with many players filling the void for their injured teammates, and Dalton Crossan was one of those players that seized the opportunity the second he touched the field.
Crossan, a redshirt freshman running back, rushed for 81 yards on seven carries with one touchdown.
This was his first game playing for UNH, and following his performance, it seems that the coaching staff might include him in more snaps in the future.
When asked to describe his first experience playing in front of an energetic home crowd at Cowell Stadium, only one word came to mind.
“It was awesome,” Crossan said.
Crossan could have received a look during the Wildcats’ first game of the season, but was held back due to an ankle injury.
“I was held out of the last game with an ankle injury, and I felt much better this week,” Crossan said. “It was nice to get out there and play in a live situation, which I haven’t done since my senior year high school, so it was awesome to be back on the field.”
Just like any redshirt freshman, it is always a battle to get a chance to play in a game on Saturday. But with a strong work ethic and strong mentality, Crossan was able to overcome those obstacles.
“In the offseason I was training hard, and putting in a lot of work throughout the summer,” Crossan said. “All you can do is just work as hard as you can, and with that I was able to go through offseason, training camp and practice to get here.”
Crossan’s first game looked good on paper, but he wasn’t satisfied.
“Felt good to be out there, but there were a few things I saw that I could have done better, which I will go back and try to fix,” Crossan said.
Even though Crossan put up the numbers he did on his own Saturday, he couldn’t credit the performance without his teammates.
“I thought the offensive line did a great job creating openings for me, and Goldrich also for the play call,” Crossan said.
With one game under his belt, Crossan will hope to touch the field very soon. With injuries coming and going, there is always an opening for other players to shine when given the chance.
Crossan ran away with it.