Ladies talk X’s and O’s

It was anything but powder puff last Thursday night when Sam Houston State University hosted the third annual State Farm Football 101: Chalk talk for women.

Chalk talk is an event put on by State Farm every year to explain football to women.

“I heard one women say this was her third time here,” said Lucille Stewart. “She said she would come next year and by then she would know more than her husband.”

The annual event, which was held at the Ron Randleman strength and fitness center, was kicked of with dinner and a brief talk from head coach Todd Whitten.

Whitten discussed the football team and its policies, along with the budget that the football team works with. He broke down the differences between the football championship series and the football bowl sub-division and talked about scholarships.

Afterwards offensive coordinator James Ferguson and defensive coordinator Scott Stoker explained both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball and then took questions from interested women.

“I really liked the drawing board plays,” said Kelli Stewart, who is on the volleyball team and has two brothers on the football team. “It was just a lot of fun.”

The questions ranged from how film study was conducted, to why do offensive lineman wear numbers ranging from 50-79?After the questions, the women were given a full tour of the facilities, including the coaches offices, players locker room, and the team-meeting room.

Originally, the women were going to be allowed to run onto the field, but with time running over that idea was nixed. With the season right around the corner there is sure to be a few more ladies in the stands cheering on the players now that they understand the game more and have met a few of the players.

“I really enjoyed meeting the young men on the team,” added Lucille. “That was my favorite part.”

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