JACKSONVILLE, AL (WAFF) - They say you grow stronger during hardship. And after the category 3 tornado that hit Jacksonville State earlier in March, the Gamecocks are entering this football season stronger than ever.
At Jacksonville State's Media Days Thursday, head coach John Grass mentioned earlier "that situation has really really helped our team. The leadership is really really strong on the team. Everyone's together. You've seen a lot of people grow. We took a negative. And our whole community has really turned it into a positive. I think the whole school and community became stronger and bonded because of that."
After the devastation, the football team took no hesitation to immediately help restore their community.
Redshirt sophomore quarterback Zerrick Cooper stated that the team went out in the community and started "lifting heavy trees, moving things, we actually built teamwork to move the trees. We really bonded as a team. It just made us come closer day by day."
And with the team chemistry higher than ever, all eyes are on the Gamecocks this season to continue their OVC 32 game winning streak.
Redshirt junior safety Marlon Bridges stated, "We gel really good as a team. Everyone's putting in extra work off the field. Multiple times a day. Our expectation is always high for each other. And the coaches their expectation is high for us too, so there's no pressure at all."
The Gamecocks open their 2018 season on August 25th vs. N.C in Montgomery. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.
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