BOWIE, Md. - Easter weekend proved to be more than just another holiday for the Bowie State University Football Team. Following a “Mock Draft” on Thursday, April 17th where Moses Ware, Bulldog Offensive Coordinator and Coach for the Gold Team and Antone’ Sewell, Defensive Coordinator and Coach of the Black Team chose players for each of their teams in a fashion similar to the NFL Draft.
On Friday, April 18th, the Bulldog Coaching staff hosted the program’s first fundraiser in the Student Center. The capacity crowd of parents, friends of the program and supports were entertained by a DJ and the Soul Patrol Band. Proceeds from the event netted over $10,000 that go directly into the Bulldog Foundation which supports the football team’s student-athletes.
On Saturday, April 19th, the entire football team came together to go over last minute details and assignments prior to the Bulldog Alumni Game. Just as they were about to be released, Bulldog Linebacker Coach and former Super Bowl Champion (New Orleans Saints) Charles Grant introduced the Bulldog players and coaching staff to his former teammate at the University of Georgia, Running Back for the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions and Riverdale Baptist Alum, Olandis Gary who gave words of encouragement and hosted a valuable question and answer session.
The Bulldogs had their full Black and Gold Game to wrap-up the Spring Season following a spirited Alumni Game featuring former Bulldog players from the 80’s, 90s’ and 2000’s to include Bulldog Defensive Coordinator Sewell. The Spring Game began with former Bulldog and Houston Texans Delano Johnson (’11) as Honorary Captain for the Black Team while former Pittsburgh Steelers and Bulldog All-Time Leading Rusher Isaac Redman captained the Gold Squad.
The day was filled with big hits and big plays which resulted in only a 3-0 score for the Gold Squad. Afterwards, Bulldogs Head Coach Damon Wilson stated he was happy with the fact the team was able to fill two completely separate teams with multiple players at each position so that the coaching staff could truly get an accurate evaluation of the team’s strengths and challenges.
With training camp in the not so distant future and the first game against Saint Anselm at home on September 6th, the Bulldogs are prepared to make a statement all season long until they regain the CIAA Championship on what would be the 25th anniversary of the last time the Bulldogs were crowned Champions.