The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, October 01, 1899, Image 15

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    ALTHOUGH we are not quite so enthusiastic as the above, yet
we feel sure that this year opens up with brighter prospects in
athletics than any previous year in the history of the college.
We have before us one of the hardest foot ball schedules ever played
thro' by a State College team. This being the fact let everybody join
hands in encouraging the men to their best efforts. We have
as fine a lot of fellows for our varsity as ever wore the (S), and
Captain Randolph is to be congratulated upon the work of the
material from which he has to draw. Fellow-students while you
may not be able to play ball, to don the jacket and the padded
trousers, yet your presence at the daily practice and at the games
scheduled for the home grounds will lend enthusiasm and is an
incentive to those who are working so nobly to give the college to
which you have confessed allegiance a name worthy it in the great
field of ' college foot ball. It is not the duty, but rather the priv
ilege of every able-bodied student to don his suit and disport him
self to Beaver field in order that he may be a cog in the machine
that is to mould our varsity team into shape to win.
Coach Boyle is doing his best for us; it is now our duty to do
our best for him.
He cannot fashion a team if he has not the tools with which
to work. One of the most essential factors in the building up of
a good varsity team is a ,strong scrub. It is the privilege of each
student to be a member of that body. Don't say that you derive
no benefit, for you are compelling yourself to live under a false
impression when you do. Your physical being will be built up,
and made strong against the ills and conflicts of life; and moreover
the name the varsity boys make thro'out the country is the name
we compel them to make.
Make them play ball here, and they'll play ball on other
grounds; thereby establishing a name of which you may well be
proud, and one which will wield a quiet influence in your future.
Let us then get together and help our manly coach, he is one
among us, and what better could he be? Let us rally around
Captain Randolph and impart to him that we are in truth and fact
interested in his and his followers' future gridiron life, and by so
doing we will only be helping along a most worthy cause. En
couragement wins many battles and we have ,some hard ones to