2018 was year of adversity and instability for Stanton.
“The idea of never giving up, even through the hardest times – it always kind of sticks with us,” said senior lineman Ethan Quaid. “It’s alway been around Stanton.”
Midway through last season, head coach Jerry Burkhart resigned from the program. His son Landon, then the team’s starting quarterback, left with him.
“I think they handled it about as well as they could have for a teenager,” said Cody Hogan.
“That’s a lot of change in a short amount of time for them,” he continued. “There was a lot of stuff that went with it. They worked their way through it and I feel like we got better over the last three weeks then what we were before that.”
Hogan was named the interim head coach at that point. In December, he was given the permanent title.
“A lot of times when a new coach gets hired, it’s in March,” said Hogan. “I got to take over in October and it’s been the way I want to do it ever since then.”
This season, the Buffs have experience on their side. Seven starters return on offense, while eight return on defense. The message to them is simple.
“They emphasize on being physical and going hard, even if you do mess up,” said senior wide receiver Cody Beasley. “Just give it all you got and you’ll do fine.”
“Working on the details. Talking about little things, how little things make a big difference in the big stuff,” said Hogan. “If you do take care of the little things, then the big things take care of themselves.”