COD football lineman signs to West Alabama

ALEX ROSALES

STAFF WRITER 

Photo courtesy of COD Athletics. Michael Roland has signed a letter of intent with WAU.

Sophomore Lineman, Michael Roland has signed a letter of intent with the University of West Alabama. The 6-foot-3-inch, 300 pound played for COD in 2015 and 2017. In the 2017 season, he helped the Desert’s running backs to accumulate 1,617 yards and gave the quarterbacks enough time to pass 1,960 yards.

Roland helped his team finish the season with a record of 4-6 overall and 1-4 in conference, under fourth-year head coach, Jack Steptoe.

After this spring semester, Roland will transfer to West Alabama and dorm on campus the first week of July to prepare early for the 2018 season at WAU. His personal goals for this upcoming season at WAU, are to improve his personal record as well as meet the team’s standards, who won the Gulf South Conference title in 2017 with a conference record 7-1 and overall 10-3 and advanced to the Quarter-finals during the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

“I want to come in [and] learn the new offense and really develop. I’ll play or do whatever role helps the team. I want to [help them] win a ring this year. They won one last year and almost had two. They fell two games short of the D2 national championship game, so making it to that is in the back of my mind already,” Roland said.

According to Roland, once he was recruited by WAU, D1 school’s began putting Roland on their list for possible recruitment, but never reached out, however Morehouse College, a NCAA D2 university in Atlanta, Georgia also held high consideration for Roland.

However, Roland was settled on WAU as soon as he noticed how close-knit the team is, as well as the historical background he admired when meeting the Tigers for the first time.

“I picked West Alabama because of the history and culture they have in the program. And the good relationship I developed with the coaches. When you join the program they say you join the brotherhood and I really felt that they really live by that.”

With first meeting, head coach, Brett Gilliland and the assistant coaches. Roland was able to infer that not only do the coaches value their players improving themselves as athletes, but also with ensuring they remain on track with acquiring a degree. Roland plans to study Business and Marketing with a minor in Sports Management while enrolled at WAU.

“I am very excited for [my choice of study] and can go down many paths! I would love to keep playing as a pro after college if that’s in God’s plan for me,” said Roland.

Best regards to Michael Roland on his path for success at WAU.

 

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