ATN Podcast 236: Spring just in under the wire

Bet you thought we forgot. No, spring is here, spring practice is underway in many places and yes, there is/was a March podcast.

This month we start looking forward at the 2019 Division III football season, chatting with Gagliardi Trophy winner Jackson Erdmann of St. John’s about what’s ahead for the Johnnies this season, the state of his throwing shoulder and how he’s spending his time now that he needs just one class to graduate.

We’re also joined by William Paterson head football coach Dustin Johnson. A former Division III quarterback himself, Johnson is heading into his second year as the head coach of the Pioneers and talks about the challenges of turning around a program which hasn’t had a winning record since 1993. Plus Johnson played professional football, and talks about his experience and what guys have to do to get ready for playing football beyond college.

Wrapping it up, Keith McMillan talks about the research he did this spring for an unexpected writing assignment: picking the preseason Top 25 and writing a preview for Street & Smith’s football preview magazine. Yep, they write the articles for those things in March. What can you learn about a team six months before the season starts? Keith has the rundown.

Pat and Keith talk about it all, as well as the latest coaching changes in the latest Around the Nation Podcast. The Around the Nation Podcast is a regular conversation between Pat Coleman and Keith McMillan and guests covering the wide range of Division III football.

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