Catching Up With the St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s Newest Sports Alumni

By: Maggie Bennett

This year has been different and difficult for everyone including the seniors who just graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM), especially those in athletic programs. Sadly, they were not able to complete their final season with a bang. Their season and graduation celebration got cut short due to the pandemic. I talked with three seniors, now alumni, and asked them how they were doing, as well as what they were up to. Despite this pandemic going on, I was able to find out some interesting things that were going on in their lives. The sporty alumni include Katie Gill and Katie Ortel on the rowing team and James Hemry from the fencing team.

Katie Gill is in the process of applying to several jobs, as well as filling her extra time with embroidering, and learning how to use a 1952 sewing machine. She is being safe and productive during this tough time. Recently, she applied to be an Archaeological Field Technician and it is even out of state. I wished her the best of luck on getting the job. At SMCM, she was one of the women captains on the rowing team. Gill was very helpful in teaching people how to row especially the novices.

Katie Ortel is working at the John Hopkins applied physics lab. She is in the space sector working on vacuum engineering and doing lots of materials testing for spacecraft. Talk about really jumping forward into the career of the sciences! Ortel claims it is really cool to work at Hopkins and plans to work there throughout the year and then start applying to graduate schools. During her free time, Ortel has done a few camping and hiking trips in Western Maryland and West Virginia. Currently, she is planning a kayaking trip in Maine with her dad and with another SMCM alumni. Ortel was the other woman captain on the rowing team and was known for her Irish dancing.

James Hemry has been taking extra classes at the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC) for the summer and the fall. He is learning Japanese at UMGC. He is also looking for internship opportunities primarily in education. Hemry is researching as well for graduate schools for his history education masters degree. He is trying to make the best of the limits COVID-19  has placed on our livelihoods. Not only was Hemry a part of the fencing team, but he was also in Drum Corp. In fact, he was able to play for the opening of the new stadium.

All of these sporty alumni miss SMCM, and are looking forward to a trip back. They will all be remembered as the class who endured a pandemic. When the seniors from the rowing team left, they were lucky enough to have one more banquet and row on the St. Mary’s River one last time. Overall, this year has been rough for all of us, but hopefully we’ll be able to make the most of it just like these recent alumni.

St. Mary’s College Cross Country Team Remains Active during Sports Hiatus

By Olivia Sothoron

The COVID-19 pandemic has put many events on hold across the country, including fall athletics at the collegiate level. On Wednesday, July 15, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) announced that varsity sports and competition are suspended for the fall 2020 semester. The email from Dean Derek Young explained that intramural sports would be offered to help “fill the role played by varsity athletic competition and club sports in the lives of all SMCM students.” 

Although their fall season was canceled, many sports teams at SMCM continue to practice in small groups, adhering to the social distance guidelines implemented by the College. Members of the field hockey team are often seen carrying around their sticks, soccer players can be seen walking back from the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium sporting their shin guards and knee socks and cross country runners might zoom by on the path as they complete their own workouts.

Despite the cancellation of meets and team practices, the SMCM Cross Country team has been holding frequent meetings over Zoom to allow new team members to bond with returners through icebreaker games and Kahoots. In addition, the assistant coach has been sending out workouts each month to ensure that his athletes are remaining in shape during the absence of meets and team practices. 

Lindsey Stevenson (‘21) has been running since ninth grade and has been a member of the SMCM Cross Country team since her freshman year. She stated that in order to stay in shape this season, she will “run or hike off campus at Historic City, the trails, and St. Mary’s Lake.” Stevenson is also looking forward to starting small team practices in the near future. 

After the College closed in the spring for the pandemic, Stevenson remained on campus for her job, which allowed her to make use of the beautiful St. Mary’s scenery on her daily walks and runs. She stated, “Almost every day of the week, I would go for a run or walk in the morning before work or class. I ran through Historic St. Mary’s City, on the Historic Woodland trails, and at St. Mary’s Lake State Park. I also did a virtual workout class with Christine Primm (an awesome workout instructor at St. Mary’s) three days a week.”

Izzy Hermans (‘22) has been running for twelve years and has been a member of the Cross Country team since her freshman year at SMCM. As a remote learner this semester, Hermans is able to stay connected with her teammates through the Zoom meetings, as well as through her participation in the workouts from her home. She explained: “I have been running on the trails near my house and doing ab workouts with my sisters in my basement. Since my neighborhood pool opened in late June, I’ve been doing swim workouts as well.”

Although this season looks very different from previous years, Hermans still has many great memories of her time thus far as a member of the SMCM Cross Country team. She mentioned that her favorite memory was last fall during their preseason training. She said: “[preseason] gave me all a chance to bond with the new team members and reacquaint myself with old friends without the stress of classes. Spending all day at the docks is an added bonus.” She also enjoys the long bus trips and overnight stays for meets, which allow the team to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company. 

Although it is difficult–especially for the seniors–to miss out on meets and competitions, members of the SMCM Cross Country team are making the most of the difficult situation through their weekly Zoom calls and their strict training schedules.

The Defending World Series Champions Washington Nationals Scuffling as Postseason Nears

Devin Garner

The Washington Nationals–the defending World Series Champions–are scuffling as they near the end of the regular season. They currently sit at 12 and 22 and are in last place in the National League East. While young phenom Juan Soto and the speedy shortstop Trea Turner have been leading the league in numerous categories, the team has been inconsistent at the plate and unreliable on the pitching mound. 

As the Major League Baseball (MLB) season did not begin until July this year due to health concerns amidst the coronavirus pandemic, many considered the season to be a sprint rather than a marathon. The 2020 season would only consist of 60 games instead of the full 162. Not only was the season shortened, but the universal designated hitter rule was put into place, the international tie-breaker rule will take place if a game reaches extra innings and there are no fans in the stands to cheer on the players.

While this news came as a shock to many, the Nationals fans and players knew that they must get off to a quick start to have a chance at defending their title this season, and they surely have not done that. The pitching staff ranks 25th in the league and the team’s fielding ranks 21st in the league as of September 3. While the team is in the top half of the league for hitting, they have been unable to string together hits to put runs on the board.

Even though the team is struggling, they have had many bright spots throughout the season. Shortstop Trea Turner and left fielder Juan Soto lead the league in batting average– as they stand at one and two on the leaderboard– and young reliever Tanner Rainey has turned into a stud out of the bullpen. Rainey currently has a 1.10 earned run average.

Turner has turned into the remarkable franchise star that they needed him to be after the departures of star players Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon. As previously noted, Turner boasts the best batting average in the MLB as of September 3. Barry Svrluga of “The Washington Post” talks about the impact of Turner in his article: “Trea Turner is all grown up and developing into one of the best shortstops in baseball.” In the article, Svrluga argues “the Nationals, right now, do not appear to be capable of re-creating 2019 in 2020. But if they do become a contender again, it will be in part because Trea Turner has developed into one of baseball’s best shortstops, a process that could be happening before our eyes.”

As Turner’s success has not gone unnoticed throughout the league, the front office did not make any moves prior to the August 31 trade deadline. While this may signal that the team is flipping the page to next year, it is important to recognize the success of many of the young stars on the ballclub. As Turner hit an inside-the-park home run on September 3 amidst a losing streak, Jessie Camerato of MLB.com states: “Need a way to get the offense going? Try an inside-the-park homerun.” While the Nationals continue to scuffle, it is important for fans to sit back and watch the success of the young players who are showing that they stand among the best in the game.

Despite The Season Being Suspended, St. Mary’s Field Hockey Stays United as A Team

By: Devin Garner

On July 15, it was announced by St. Mary’s College of Maryland that the fall sports season would be suspended due to the ongoing health concerns amidst the coronavirus. While this was devastating news for fall senior athletes, it presented an opportunity for them to step up as leaders and guide their team through troubling times. This was surely the case with the St. Mary’s field hockey team, led by standout Head Coach Jessica Lanham and three star seniors: Meghan Ronan (‘21), Hannah Dietrich (‘21) and Emily Pulkowski (‘21). 

In order to make up for being unable to play, the players have been utilizing 50 minute individual time slots on the turf and in the gym, even though they have not yet been able to practice as a whole team. They have been using this time off as an opportunity to work on their individual skills. When asking Ronan how the team has been making up for not playing this fall, she stated: “Like all fall athletes, we are upset about not being able to play this fall. However, now is the time we really get to work on our individual stick skills and bond with each other away from field hockey.” Ronan goes on to exclaim, “it is definitely a different type of season but we are doing our best to keep it fun!” Dietrich went on to explain how the team is keeping one another involved and holding each member responsible as she states, “as of now, we have been holding each other accountable for completing workouts which is always fun.” 

College coaches have also been dealt a difficult hand as the pandemic has presented enormous barriers for coaching. This year, they have to find a different way to connect with and coach their players. While this is not an easy task, Coach Lanham has not allowed this to stop her from running a successful and hardworking program. When asking her how she has found a way to still serve as a coach and mentor to her players without a season, she stated that “as a team we are still connecting, whether it be in person or virtual. I meet with my freshmen on a weekly basis to go over their academic and social life at St. Mary’s.” She went on to talk about a program that she is implementing this semester by saying, “throughout the semester, I will be providing virtual leadership education to my team, to mentor them as they grow as leaders on and off the field.”

When asking Ronan and Dietrich the impact that Coach Lanham has had on them, they both shared glowing remarks. Ronan argued, “Coach Lanham has changed this program drastically… Over the past three years coach Jess has helped me gain confidence in myself and has taught me how to be a great leader for the field hockey team and life in general.” She went on to state, “Coach Jess is one of my role models as she is hard working, competitive and caring, which are three aspects that any player would want from their coach.” Dietrich had similar remarks about the impact that Coach Lanham has had on the program since her arrival. Dietrich exclaims, “Coach Jess is always working to ensure we are successful on and off the field, which is something that I value so much.”

While the seniors’ time at St. Mary’s is coming to an end, they are nevertheless thankful for the moments that they have had on the team. Ronan states that her favorite memory on the team was beating York College at their home field last season. Dietrich’s best memory was the opening of the Jamie Roberts Stadium and being able to see the turf field for the first time, which displays how hard the school has worked to ensure that their athletes can play at the next level. She states: “Because of this we were able to have one of the best seasons last Fall, going 10-0 during the beginning months. That is something that I will remember forever.”

Coach Lanham has high praise for each member of her senior class. She begins by saying: “these seniors mean so much to our field hockey program here at St. Mary’s. They were my first recruits to St. Mary’s and have worked hard to establish a culture of excellence within our team.” In an individual address to each player, Lanham states: “Hannah will be remembered for her mentorship and openness to our younger players as well as her personality. Emily or ‘LP’ will be remembered for her dedication, work ethic, competitive nature and caring personality. Megan or ‘Ronan’ will be remembered for her hard work, commitment and her desire to always get better in all areas of life.”

While the St. Mary’s College of Maryland field hockey team may not be hitting the turf in full uniform, they are nevertheless staying united as a team, led by their senior athletes and head coach. In her final remarks, Dietrich exclaimed: “Shoutout to coach Jess for always supporting and believing in us no matter what! And a huge shout out to the senior class, Meghan Ronan and Emily Pulkowski!”

New Track Team Canceled, $2.4 Million Statue to be Built

Written by Andrew Atkins.

Back in February, the Board of Trustees at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) approved the funding for both a men’s and women’s varsity track and field program. The track at Jamie L. Roberts Stadium was set to have renovations done this upcoming summer in order to meet NCAA standards, and the two new programs were set to begin competition in the Fall of 2021. A track and field team had naturally seemed like the next sport to be added at SMCM, due to the recent construction of Jamie L. Roberts Stadium. On top of that, it would help to diversify the Seahawk Athletic department even furthur. The college and many students were excited for the addition of a new athletic program, as well as upgrades to the track. The new programs also would have helped to increase enrollment at SMCM by roughly twenty to forty students per year. These athletes would have probably never considered SMCM if there had not been a track team, according to inside.smcm.edu. 

However, there have been some recent, and very rapid, developments with this new track and field program. While the college was all set to add them back in February, they have since had second thoughts. In early March, SMCM tweeted that they were postponing their search for a head coach of the program. This sparked some speculation among current students and alumni as to what the set back could be. Then on March 30, the college announced that they have decided not to go through with the addition of these two new programs. A tweet from SMCM read “We are sorry to announce that we have to postpone the addition of the new track and field program at St. Mary’s. Construction will proceed as scheduled on the track.”

There has been no time table set for when the track and field program may be added to the school. Since the school is going through with the upgrades to the track, there is some room for hope that the program will one day be created. 

In yet another strange twist, on March 31 SMCM announced that they will be using the money originally intended to fund the track team to help build a brand new, state of the art statue. SMCM has partnered with the state of Maryland in order to split the cost of this $2.4 million work of art. While several locations are still being discussed, the statue will most likely be placed either on site at the new academic building or on top of the hill overlooking the St. Mary’s River. World renowned sculptor Damian Ortega has been rumored as the assigned artist of the statue. The college and the state of Maryland have confirmed that the statue will be of the Arc and the Dove boats that originally brought English settlers to St. Mary’s. The statue will also be mainly made out of solid gold. SMCM is very excited at the opportunity to add a piece of wonderful artwork as well as give a nod to the past. 


Disclaimer: This article was published as a part of our April Fools Edition.

St. Mary’s to Compete in 2021 Olympics

Written by Andrew Atkins.

The 2020 Summer Olympics were set to take place in Tokyo, Japan, but like all other major sporting events this year, they have been delayed. With the recent announcement to push the Olympics back to the summer of 2021, this has allowed athletes all around the world to train for an additional year before competing. The Olympics have been cancelled three times in their history, 1916, 1940, and 1944, so the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is glad that they are able to still have the games. 

In light of this unforeseen event, the IOC recently announced that they will be expanding the field of athletes and who can qualify for the games. The athletes who have already qualified will be allowed to compete, but there are also several other categories of people who will be allowed to participate. Collegiate athletes who were rostered in the 2019-2020 season in America are part of this expanded list of people. In Europe or other countries where collegiate sports are not as prominent, they will be simply opening up more spots for athletes to qualify. The IOC is attempting to use the delay in the games to garner more support for the Olympics. Expanding qualifications to potentially include collegiate or semi-pro athletes, will help for more athletes to be involved in these storied games. While usually aspiring Olympic athletes train for a large portion of their lives in order to just have a shot at making the games, St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) announced on March 31 that they are committed to sending athletes to the 2021 games.

This was a shocking announcement considering that it is unknown if any SMCM athletes were previously training for the Olympic games. The college however issued a plan as to how they are going to get their athletes to the games. 

It appears that SMCM will be using a loophole in order to help their athletes qualify for the games. The qualification levels will be based on college classification. Therefore all Division I athletes will compete, all Division III athletes will compete, adn all Division III athletes will compete. The top athletes in each event, from each classification will move on to the Olympics. Since SMCM has recently been defined as The National Public Honors College, they appear to be in a classification of their own. Therefore, any SMCM athlete registered in an Olympic event will automatically qualify for the Olympics. The college is going to send out a survey to all athletes to see which sports they would be interested in competing in. Following a preliminary skills exam, they will then get sent to a world class trainer for the next year to make sure that they will be Olympic ready. 

This will not be the first time that SMCM athletes have competed in the Olympics. The first two to do it were Bruce Merritt, ‘84, who competed in one man canoeing in the 1980 and 1984 Olympic games, and Scott Steele, ‘81, who won a silver medal in windsurfing during the 1984 Olympics. 

Disclaimer: This article was published as a part of our April Fools Edition.

Rowing Team Accidentally Rows All the Way to Antarctica

Written by Kristina Norgard

A freak accident occurred on the St. Mary’s River last weekend that had never happened before in St. Mary’s College of Maryland history. During an early morning practice, the seahawk DIII Rowing team accidentally rowed all the way to the continent of Antarctica. We reached out to a few members of the team to ask if they could comment on this awkward and odd experience they had. 

Emma McNesby ‘22, grappled to explain the incident noting the change in temperature and a possible reason why this could have happened, “We all started to get really cold but Coach just said it was free speed.”

Zoe Grabenstetter ‘20 recalled the moment where they knew and figured out that something was horrifyingly wrong but chose not to say anything, “I knew we weren’t in Maryland anymore when we stopped running into crab traps but no one said anything so I just kept going.”

Erin Lanham ‘22, shared her side of the story, explaining where the crux of the incident may have originated, “Ok, look. Yes, I steer the boat. Yes, I fell asleep halfway through the row. Yes, when I woke up we were in Antarctica. But it’s not my fault Coach makes us wake up at 5:00 in the morning!”

It seems that the bystander effect might have gotten the best of the team when confusion ensued since no one really had any clear direction or sense of what to do. The leadership of the team may be in extreme question and consequently also the liability of the college at this current point in time for their precious student-athletes, especially for a team “off-campus trip” to happen so spontaneously. But, The Point News is more than happy to report that the endurance and stamina of the team seem to be better than any other previous season ever recorded in Seahawk history. 

After realizing that there were a few penguins who hid as cargo on the way, they left three of them in Florida. They then found another one hidden in the back of a boat that one of the student-athletes had tried to keep as a pet in North Carolina respectively, but they had to leave the penguin there where they could find new lives on the beaches. The team returned back to campus faster than they got to Antarctica surprisingly. The athletic trainer met them on the docks to check out the athletes and see if they had any signs of hypothermia or over-exhaustion. Thanks to global warming, there were no signs of hypothermia. In fact, luckily only one of the team members was hurt or injured in any way. One of the penguins had slapped them silly and ultimately unconscious with their flippers. 

The rowing team coach even considered giving them a day off after the incident, but then decided not to instead. The team continues to wake up early and work hard as dedicated student-athletes on the beautiful river they get to call home. The Point News wishes the rowing team athletes and coaches the best of luck this season and for them to continue working hard, but guys, not that hard. 

Disclaimer: This article was published as a part of our April Fools Edition.

Public Safety Officers to Form Division III Men’s Volleyball Team

Written by Olivia Sothoron

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) Office of Public Safety released a statement announcing the formation of a Men’s Volleyball team forming on Campus, made up entirely by male Public Safety Officers. SMCM made an announcement explaining their excitement for the new team, stating that they hope this will give SMCM students a sense of the importance of Public Safety on campus. 

The announcement read: “We are pleased to confirm the rumors regarding the establishment of a Public Safety Men’s Division III Volleyball team at SMCM. Our officers have been training hard for this. We cannot wait to see the publicity that will be brought to our school through the creation of this team.”

Within the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC), the Public Safety officers have organized to play against the safety officers at other colleges. They are looking forward to learning from the Women’s Volleyball team, who they hope will be able to teach them about the game itself and how to prevent chafing from the tight spandex they plan on sporting throughout their season. 

One Public Safety officer remarked, “I am most excited for the SMCM students and campus community to gain a stronger appreciation for the Public Safety officers. We want to prove to them that we do more than ride around on our golf carts unlocking door rooms and ticketing students who are supposed to be parked in Lot T.” 

Some students have remarked noticing the Public Safety officers practicing in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletic and Recreation Center (MPOARC) as well as on the beach. A few college students have reported the spotting to the Public Safety officers on duty, claiming that they had spotted a group of older men in really short shorts playing around on college property. They were informed shortly that these men were merely their noble protectors, Public Safety officers. 

A member of the SMCM athletic board noted that they are looking forward to the addition of the new sports team. “We are hoping that the new Public Safety team draws out big crowds and strengthens our athletic department. I mean, who does not want to come watch middle aged men in really short shorts playing volleyball? That sounds pretty great to me.”

The Office of Public Safety is also hoping that the establishment of this new team will serve as a recruiting method for aspiring public safety officers around the country. One Public Safety officer explained, “We are hoping that people will see that we have a Public Safety Men’s Volleyball team and will want to work at SMCM. That way, we can try to keep Public Safety officers for more than just a few months at a time.” 

The Public Safety Men’s Volleyball team will make its debut in the fall of 2020 in the main gym of the MPOARC. They are asking SMCM students, staff and faculty to clear their schedules for the afternoon of August 28, when they will be going up against the officers from Christopher Newport University. 

If you are into volleyball or middle aged, unathletic men in really short shorts, be sure to come out and support your very own SMCM Public Safety Men’s Volleyball team.

Disclaimer: This article was published as a part of our April Fools Edition.

After Only A Year of Use, Jamie L. Roberts Stadium to Be Bulldozed for Larger Arena

Written by Devin Garner.

In a shocking turn of events at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, college officials have announced that the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium will be bulldozed for a larger domed stadium at the end of the academic year. 

Many athletes are shocked by the news that was emailed to them on the morning of April 1. One athlete on the lacrosse team stated, “I am simply astonished by the news of the demolition of  ‘The Jamie.’ This stadium was incredible and I thought we would play here for years to come. I am very disappointed to hear the news but I am looking forward to the opportunity to play in a domed stadium for the first time in my career.” 

When contacting college officials to ask for a reason behind the shocking news, many members of the administration refused to comment. However, one member of the administration did express their anger with the news. She stated, “I am saddened that all the time and effort that went into this beautiful stadium will not mean anything.” She went on to say, “We need to focus more of our attention on improving other aspects around campus and less on demolishing a stadium that was beautiful and already loved by many.”

The Jamie L. Roberts Stadium had the intentions of improving enrollment as faculty envisioned that it would draw in many great athletes and would strengthen the Division III sports that take place at the college. While the stadium is one of the nicer stadiums in all of Division III sports, the college has something more in mind. Upon being contacted by another college official on the news she stated, “This new domed stadium has the intentions to allow St. Mary’s to compete at the Division I level. The new domed stadium will be for all athletes to use and will provide a great atmosphere for students to gain a sense of school spirit. We hope to join the Big 10 and compete with schools like the University of Maryland and Penn State.”

The new domed stadium will now be referred to as the Jamie L. Roberts Arena. The arena is intended to have a capacity of 19,000 fans, which is even bigger than the University of Maryland’s Xfinity Center. Not to mention, there are less than 2,000 students at St. Mary’s, so there will be plenty of space for family members, friends, random strangers on the streets, and pretty much anyone else. Not only will the arena house both outdoor and indoor sports but it will also host large lecture-sized classrooms. 

While the news is stunning to many, it is going to improve the overall student body involvement throughout campus. According to a college official, “this is going to be a great place for the college to come together as a community and support our student athletes.”

While the arena has great intentions, many students of the college fear the implications that the arena will have on the college. One student on campus said, “I fear that this arena will lead to the expansion of the college and cause it to lose that community feel. I came to St. Mary’s because I wanted a small campus with not many students. I fear this new arena will ruin that.”

Many students and faculty are now anxiously awaiting the demolition of the Jamie L. Roberts Stadium that will take place after the Spring 2020 semester. Some are outraged at the news while others are enthralled by the opportunity. Time will only tell what this news means for the future of the college.

Disclaimer: This article was published as a part of our April Fools Edition.

With New Leadership, Redskins Hope to Have Successful Squad

Written by Devin Garner.

Through recent years, The Washington Redskins have consistently been the laughingstock of the National Football League (NFL). Last season, the team fired sixth year head coach, Jay Gruden halfway through the season and finished the year 3-13. As a result of the lackluster season, the franchise also fired President of Football Operations, Bruce Allen. 

The team hired former Carolina Panthers head coach, Ron Rivera to begin the process of a long awaited rebuild. Rivera brings a great amount of experience to the Redskins organization. Before leading the Panthers for nine seasons, he was the defensive coordinator for both the Chicago Bears and San Diego Chargers. At Rivera’s introductory press conference, owner, Dan Synder, stated that Rivera was the change the organization needed. He stated, “What the Redskins have needed is a culture change… Someone that can bring a winning culture to our organization. That starts and ends with our head coach.”

In previous seasons with Gruden at the helm, the team had received criticism as there were stories circulating that the control of the team was not in the hands of the head coach, but rather in the hands of the front office. Snyder vows that will change as he argues, “One thing that is very, very important. We are going to have one voice, and only one voice alone. That’s the coach’s.”

Since taking over the franchise, the organization has already begun to prove that Rivera will possess the majority of the power with player decisions. The team has decided to cut ties with veteran corner, Josh Norman, veteran wide receiver, Paul Richardson and has granted permission to veteran tackle, Trent Williams, to seek a trade. Not only has the team made these moves to cut down on their salary cap, but also to make room to develop young players who they hope will be around for the team’s future success. 

The team is hoping to build around young stars such as wide receiver, Terry McLaurin and defensive end, Jonathan Allen. They hold the second overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft and seem destined to pick the star defensive end from Ohio State, Chase Young. In an interview by NBC Sports Washington with Ohio State beat writer, Bill Rabinowitz, he states, “He is everything you want in a defensive end… He is quick, he is fast, he is strong, he is a very good technician. He cares. It is about as no-brainer of a pick as you are going to find, honestly.”
The future of the organization is bright as the franchise has many young players to build off of and is now under the strong leadership of Rivera. In an interview with 106.7 the fan, Rivera stated his message to the team this season: “Well, what I tell them first and foremost, so everybody understands, it’s about getting the opportunity and then taking advantage of the opportunity. Not everybody will get a chance to play in this league.” He went on to state his ultimate goal for the future of the franchise: “Well, the vision is I want to be able to create a winning, sustainable culture for us here. I want us to be able to continue that for a period of time.”