By Ray Hamill — Former McKinleyville standout Bryce Petersen says he’s looking to find the good in a tough situation after receiving the news on Saturday that the Mid-American Conference has suspended football for the fall.
A senior center at the University of Akron, Petersen will graduate after three and a half years this fall, but says he hopes to still play if the conference goes ahead with the season in the spring, which is the plan.
“It might actually work out in my favor academic wise,” he said. “I might get a year of grad school paid for.
“There are definitely a lot of unknowns, a lot of unknowns for everybody. Right now they’re planning on having the season in the spring but I don’t know if anyone is sure what will happen.”
Petersen, a Sports Management major, also still has a red-shirt year available to him if needed.
He was expected to play a major role for the Zips this season after being named to the prestigious Lindy’s all-MAC preseason team for the second straight year.
He and his teammates got the news on Saturday morning shortly before they were scheduled for a workout.
“It’s tough to say any of us were surprised by it. I think we all saw the writing on the wall,” he said, adding that it “definitely an interesting day.”
The Zips were scheduled to begin camp on Friday but were told on Thursday night that it had been pushed back to Monday, which left many of the players believing the season was about to be suspended.
Petersen has been in Akron for the past month, working out with teammates and holding virtual meetings and walk throughs with his coaches.
He will be taking all of his classes online this fall.
The Zips will likely hold a camp of some sort in the fall, although that has yet to be finalized.