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Jack Asquini discusses football CCIW hopes

Senior Augustana College football player Jack Asquini is this week’s featured Augie Talks student. Photo by Alia McMurray.

1. As a player, what are some team and personal goals you have?
“As a team, our goal at the beginning of the season was to win conference and make it to playoffs. So far that road looks to be a little tougher than we had envisioned it. Our team goal (was) to focus on beating Illinois Wesleyan and then finishing out with a good record. Personally, I want to keep making everyone work harder and get the guys ready for next season.”
2.  What is it like being a captain so far?
“I love it. It’s a lot of responsibility, and a lot of guys look towards us for leadership. But it’s also such an honor that they selected me as their captain. It’s been awesome so far. (Having such a big team) makes it that much more of an honor.”
3. Being halfway through your season, what do you feel like the games you have played in so far have taught you?
“I think the biggest part has been learning from our mistakes. We have had a few times in the season where we beat ourselves and made some pretty critical errors. I think the biggest thing is that we learn to come together as a team and keep moving forward regardless of the circumstance. That kind of adversity has really strengthened our bond as a team. That is huge moving forward as we learn how to win and how to be that team that everybody else wants to be.”
4. What is one thing you wish the rest of the Augie community knew about the football team?
“That we don’t all fit that football team stereotype where we are all just a bunch of dumb athletes who can’t do anything else besides block a tackle. I know all those guys on our team; I know all their names, I know where they’re from and their personalities. I don’t think there are any of us that are like that. It’s a great group of guys. They all care for each other, they care for the community and they want to see this school and this football team succeed.”
5. How do you feel like you have changed as an athlete since your freshman year?
“My discipline (and my focus) have increased. I’ve also learned how to be a leader. Football teaches you a lot about becoming a man and conducting yourself in the right way.”
6. What does your team mean to you?
“Everything. It’s given me every opportunity I have here at Augustana. Playing football and having all these great friends has opened so many doors for me.”

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Jack Asquini discusses football CCIW hopes