By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports
As we inch closer to a brand new season of New England Division III football – we are 14 days away from the first Saturday of the 2019 season – we will be speaking with student-athletes in the region about their team’s upcoming season.
Today, we chat with Chad Shade, a senior quarterback for the Springfield College football team, who will be tasked with leading a talented Pride offense that averaged 25.0 points and 324.7 yards per game last season.
Shade competed in just four contests last season but enjoyed a very successful outing against Western New England by recording career-bests in points scored (36), touchdowns (six), rushing yards (247) and all-purpose yards (247).
The Pittsfield, Massachusetts native is eager for his final season to begin – he will be spotted under center in two weeks when he and the Pride commence their 2019 campaign against Western New England in the annual Pynchon SAW Game.
What did you do this summer to prepare yourself for the upcoming season?
I rehabbed my leg to get it back to full strength by doing physical therapy along with our summer workouts that were provided for the team.
What goals do you have, both personal and team objectives, that you hope to accomplish this fall?
My goal is to make this team better any way I can by being a leader (both) on and off the field. I want to make plays and do anything I can to help my team win. As a team, our goal is to go 1-0 every day. If we get a little better each day the results will come and we will see where that takes us this fall.
I know you only appeared in four games last season, but tell me about how you were able to assist both Hunter and the offense from the sidelines in games and practices? Do you feel that experience – providing insight/additional coaching – will help you this season?
Absolutely, although I was hurt I was still able to learn a lot last year about our offense. Coach (Greg) Webster, who is our offensive coordinator, came in the same year I did and has taught me a lot. I was able to translate (what I learned) to both Hunter and the offense. Hunter is a great athlete and stepped up for us last year as he always does and was always willing to take feedback being in that new position as quarterback.
How have preseason practices gone from your perspective?
Preseason practices have been great so far. We have plenty of room to grow and get better, but we have guys flying around giving great attitude and effort.
What must the offense do to enjoy another successful season?
We have to perfect our craft as much as possible. We have a good amount of returners in the offense so taking every opportunity we get to (improve) will put us in a good position to be successful.
Your team is a few days closer to facing Western New England – what is that rivalry like from your perspective?
It’s a great rivalry. They have a very successful program and it’s a fun atmosphere to play in every year. We are always excited to compete in that game – (great way) to start the season.
Finally, being a senior, how do you hope to cap your career this fall with the Pride?
I am just looking forward to going out and being able to compete with guys that I can count on like brothers. Every team wants to win a championship, but it doesn’t just happen. I hope to cap this year off by giving it everything I got for these guys and see where it takes us by the end of the year.
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