Santa Maria football team returns to practice, safety measures in place

Posted at 7:32 AM, Aug 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-27 10:32:43-04

More than 80 St. Joseph football players have hit the field the past three days.

Team activities for the knights began on Monday, and head coach Pepè Villasenor says being back on the field is great, but staying safe is what will keep them there.

"Our practices are only an hour and a half, our students are placed in pods of 10, keeping social distancing," said Villasenor.

The Knights practice four days a week; and players are also required to wear masks unless doing something strenuous like lunges. A lot of the routine has changed, but the players say they are just excited to be around one another playing the sport that they love.

"It's awesome to be honest, I'm having a lot of fun right now just being around my guys and just being able to play with them, I missed it," said St. Joseph quarterback, Marc Crisp.

"We're just happy to be on the field and be able to play together, just to be able to practice again makes me wanna think positive just to be able to play again with everyone and especially because it's my senior year," said St. Joseph's running back and wide receiver, Darian Langley.

"They're tired of staying at home and being in front of the computer for 7-8 hours so to be able to come out here regardless of what we're doing is certainly a blessing and kind of a treat for them," said Villasenor.

The team's first game isn't until January, so for now the Knights are taking it one day and one rep at a time.