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Building Momentum: QU, GLVC talk improvement at Football Kickoff

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QU head coach Tom Pajic and senior defensive lineman Cory Connolly represented the Hawks for GLVC Media Day 2013. QU head coach Tom Pajic and senior defensive lineman Cory Connolly represented the Hawks for GLVC Media Day 2013.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (WGEM) --  Year number two of GLVC football got underway on Wednesday, at least off the field.

Team representatives gathered on the campus of the University of Missouri St. Louis for the league's Football Kickoff.

It also marked the official start Quincy University head coach Tom Pajic's second season. Pajic is hoping the Hawks can carry over the momentum built at the end of 2012.

"Football doesn't build your character, I think it reveals it," Pajic told WGEM Sports.

"I think it revealed the character of our football team last year. We've played off of that through winter conditioning and into spring football."

"The biggest thing is consistency," added senior defensive lineman Cory Connolly.

"We have a lot of seniors coming back, kids who have played, and they know how to make those plays. The biggest thing is being in the right place at the right time."

"The number one goal, one of our goals, is a Great Lakes Valley Conference championship," Pajic expressed.

"The second one is a postseason bid."

With the addition of Truman State, GLVC football now stands at eight teams but officials stress the importance of continually pursuing new members in the year's ahead.
 
"We'd like to get to a 10-team, nine-game schedule. That's one of our ongoing challenges and we hope to get there sooner than later," GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich said.

Truman State won't be the only new opponent on the Hawks Schedule.

Week one will feature a trip just up the road to Western Illinois.

"We're not trying to hide, we're trying to play the best. It's a measuring stick for the great players in our program who get to find out what it's like," Pajic indicated.

"The atmosphere, they're going to know people they played against in their high school careers, it's a short trip, it's great for the families, great for the Universities, and we're fired up about it."
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