DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY'S STUDENT NEWS SOURCE | May 12, 2022

Best of crowds at DSU home games in the 2021-2022 school year

With all the competition, big games and moments in athletics at Dixie State University, the crowd and the student stampede brought the energy to help cheer on the teams.

Here are some of the biggest crowd moments at home games this year.

DSU vs. Weber State University: Football

During this rivalry game, WSU was able to come on top with the winning score of 41-3. WSU started with a 52-yard touchdown, but as DSU tried to keep the energy high with help from the crowd, DSU scored a field goal.

This 3-point field goal was the only points left on the scoreboard for DSU. On the other hand, WSU scored another touchdown before halftime.

After halftime, WSU scored 27 more points and took advantage of the energy from the record game attendance audience Sept. 11 with 8,280 spectators.

DSU will have a chance to redeem themselves, bring the upset and utilize the energy from the crowd Sept. 17.

DSU vs. Utah Valley University: Men’s basketball

At the Old Hammer Rivalry, DSU played UVU in a men’s basketball game Feb. 19, and DSU pulled off an upset in overtime leading the game 80-75.

Before this game, DSU traveled to UVU to compete Jan. 8 and lost 71-79. Students of both universities are aware of this rivalry and came together in the Burns Arena. Setting another record attendance goal of 4,270 spectators

Brighton Williams, a junior marketing major from South Weber, is a captain of the DSU cheer team. Williams said the game was an intense and fun game to cheer.

“My favorite part of the season was the men’s basketball game against UVU,” Williams said. “We also got to perform at halftime with the dance team.”

The Trailblazers were able to feed off the energy of the big crowd and pull off the win. The lines were out the doors of the Burns Arena, and the DSU stampede student section did not disappoint. The Dixie Blaze dance team and the DSU cheer team joined together, kept the energy high and cheered the team to victory.

DSU vs. Brigham Young University: Baseball

The DSU baseball team took a powerful win against BYU April 5 and set another home game record attendance with 1,951 fans.

It all started with the energy after the first two runs home in the third inning. DSU led the game 2-0. Shortly after BYU attempted to tie the score, but was unsuccessful and only scored one run in the fifth inning.

DSU didn’t give BYU the chance to come back and scored four more runs leading the score to 6-1. In the next inning BYU scored two more runs to try and shorten the lead DSU had, but it wasn’t enough.

DSU scored another run but allowed BYU to score two more runs in the last two innings.

DSU stayed on top and utilized the energy of the fan base in the nearly full stadium at the Bruce Hurst field.

Hard work pays off: 76 DSU student-athletes awarded Academic All WAC Honors Fall/Winter

76 Dixie State University student-athletes proved their hard work and earned the Academic All-Western Academic Conference Honors for the 2021-2022 academic school year.

In the All-WAC, 1,534 student-athletes were awarded across a variety of sports. These include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, football, women’s swimming, women’s indoor track and field, and volleyball.

To receive this academic award, the student-athlete has to meet three different expectations including completing one full academic school year, maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.2, and participating in at least half of the sports teams events.

Blaine Chambers: DSU men’s soccer

Blaine Chambers, a junior English major from Layton, is a defender on the DSU men’s soccer team. Chambers started in 14 matches and appeared in 17 with a total playing time of 1,253 minutes.

Chambers said it is important to keep priorities straight with all of the stress of being a student-athlete. Dedicating time to school first and then his sport is something Chambers works on every semester.

“The phrase student-athlete says a lot; you are a student before you are an athlete,” Chambers said. “The coaching staff puts a mandatory study hall on us, so we have times set aside where we are supposed to be doing our school work.”

Chambers’s best strategy for being a successful student-athlete is making sure to create a good connection and communication with professors, and letting them know about the situation you are in.

“Going to your teachers early on and letting them know you’re on the sports team establishes a good relationship, so they are willing to work with you later on,” Chambers said. “It shows them you are making an effort to stay ahead in the class.

Chambers is honored to have received the award and said it’s been a “grind” in the spring season because of all the team lifts and everyday practices.

Brooke Vance: DSU women’s basketball

Brooke Vance, a sophomore accounting major from Salem, is a forward on the DSU women’s basketball team. Vance played a total of 431 minutes and appeared in 26 games.

Vance is always juggling a busy schedule which includes school, basketball and work. Vance balances her free time by putting her priorities first and trying to get school work done timely.

“One thing that has always helped me is having my laptop with me at all times,” Vance said. “I take my laptop with me everywhere and pull it out whenever I have a second to just do a little bit of homework.”

Vance said she wants to work on getting her homework done earlier and not on the due date, as well as staying focused on one thing at a time and not letting her mind wander.

“I always try to get A’s in every class just because you should shoot for the highest you can,” Vance said. “If it doesn’t work, then at least you tried.”

Vance strives to keep her GPA up every semester and continually finds new ways to improve for future years.

Jaylee Sorenson: DSU women’s track and field

Jaylee Sorenson, a junior graphic design major from Enoch, competes on the DSU women’s track and field team. Sorenson has competed in over half of the women’s track and field events while also keeping her GPA above 3.8.

Sorenson balances her busy schedule by making sure she has good time management and leaving time for both school work and sports.

“I allow one to be a break for the other, so when I’m getting tired with school I go practice for my sport,” Sorenson said.

Sorenson makes sure all of her time is being used efficiently and effectively to make sure she is staying on top of school while either being at the gym, practicing, games or traveling.

“When I have an hour between school and practice I make sure to use that time to ask questions to professors or fellow students to make sure I understand the assignments well enough, so when I am by myself I can do it pretty quick,” Sorenson said.

Sorenson said the reward is just a reminder which shows her hard work and dedication proves and it’s not all for nothing.

“It’s pretty cool, it is a great reminder that for everything I am doing, I was able to accomplish it,” Sorenson said. “It shows that it is something that is a great part of my life and that I will always remember it.”

These 76 Trailblazers who received the award earned it by balancing their load with sports and school, and finding ways to be successful in both.

Best of sports during the 2021-2022 school year

The transition to Division I athletics has resulted in bigger games and better upsets.

Here are some of the best games from the 2021-2022 school year.

DSU vs. SUU

The Dixie State University men’s basketball team started its season with a hard-fought loss against Gonzaga University Nov. 9 but came back with a win against in-state rival Southern Utah University Nov. 12. 

Both DSU and SUU came out fighting during this game. The first quarter started with a back-and-forth battle, but the Trailblazers later broke away going on a 15-2 run. This resulted in a score of 41-27 for DSU at the 3:03 mark. 

The Trailblazers outscored the Thunderbirds 21-5 during the last six minutes of the first half igniting the crowd for the rest of the game. This led DSU to open up the second half of the game with a comfortable 17-point lead which was also the biggest deficit during the game. 

DSU came out on top with combined efforts from the starters and the bench. Four Trailblazers had 10 or more points, and the bench had a combined total of 37 points compared to 20 bench points by the Thunderbirds. The final score was 83-76.

Not only was this a crucial win for DSU, but it also drew a crowd of 4,105. At the time, this was the largest home crowd since the change to DI. It was also the ninth-largest crowd to attend a game in the Burns Arena in DSU’s NCAA era.

The win against SUU set the tone for more matchups throughout the rest of the season, especially for in-state rivalries. This leads to the DSU vs. Utah Valley University upset.

DSU vs. UVU

The Trailblazers took on the Wolverines for the second time during the 2021-2022 season Feb. 19 and came out with a win to split the series. 

The Old Hammer Rivalry broke the attendance record once more with 4,270 people. This was the largest crowd in DSU’s DI era. 

DSU trailed behind UVU for the majority of the first half but started chipping away at the lead around the 13-minute mark. 

Cameron Gooden, a recreation and sports management major from Frisco, Texas, raced down the floor with a steal to challenge UVU guard Justin Harmon in the paint. 

Gooden’s efforts resulted in a dunk for the lead with a score of 29-27. The Trailblazers went into the second half leading with a score of 36-32.

This game turned out to be an overtime thriller which was not expected when DSU was down three points with less than 10 seconds left. The crowd started to disperse but quickly rushed back when Gooden was fouled on a successful jumper and made a foul shot that tied up the game 70-70.

The Trailblazers outscored the Wolverines in overtime and finished with a score of 80-75.

DSU vs. BYU

The DSU baseball team took on Brigham Young University April 5 at the Bruce Hurst field. This win brought the Trailblazer’s season record to 14-14. 

The game remained scoreless due to the good fortune of the Trailblazers getting out of a bases-loaded one-out jam from BYU. DSU posted two runs of its own in the same inning.

The Trailblazer’s initial rally began when two of its base runners committed a double steal. Mathew Ivancich, a junior recreation and sports management major from Wildomar, California, scored on a wild pitch. The pitch also allowed Shane Taylor, a sophomore general studies major from Las Vegas, Nevada, to proceed to third base. Taylor later scored on an ensuing sacrifice fly.

BYU pushed a run across the plate in the top of the fifth inning, but DSU responded with four runs to take a commanding 6 to 1 lead. The rally of runs was contributed by multiple players, including a home run by Kaden Hollow, a sophomore recreation and sports management major from Boise, Idaho.

The Cougars attempted to make a comeback throughout the rest of the game but fell short. Although DSU was outhit 13-9 by BYU, the Trailblazers came out on top with a score of 7-5. 

The new record attendance was set at the Bruce Hurst Field with 1,951 people in attendance.

All-in-all, DSU athletics has proven themselves capable of defying odds. Keep an eye out for the coming 2022-2023 matchups as DSU transitions to Utah Tech University.

Jagger Williams earns athletic scholarship, recognized for hard work

A freshman walk-on for the Dixie State University football team was awarded a scholarship after showing hard work and dedication.

Jagger Williams, a freshman management major from Baldwin Hills, California, previously attended Culver City High School where he earned three varsity letters in football. At Culver City, he helped lead the team to the 2018 CIF championship game. Williams graduated with the award of all-league pick at defensive back.

Williams is currently recognized as a defensive back on the DSU football team and strives to better himself as an athlete while also being a good example to others.

After a preseason spring football game April 9, Williams earned an athletic scholarship. Williams was surprised, not because he had earned the scholarship, but because of how fast he received it.

“It came right after the spring game which was surprising, I was excited,” Williams said. “I knew sooner or later I would get one.”

Before earning the scholarship, Williams used the scholarship as motivation to work harder. Now that he has the scholarship, he is focusing on being the best athlete he can be.

Williams is grateful for his dad and everything he has done for him. Williams said he helped shape him into the athlete he is today.

“I have to give it to my dad, I’ve been working with my dad since I can remember,” Williams said. “It started with just going to the park.”

The football team would say Jagger is an athletic, talented, funny and motivated athlete who strives to get better every day.

Tyrell Grayson, a junior management major from Fresno, California, described Williams as a lighthearted player who always brings a good laugh to difficult days in the gym or conditioning practices.

“He brings good energy to the team because he always has something funny to say,” Grayson said. “Every day he always has a lot of jokes.”

As well as bringing light to difficult situations, DSU football head coach, Paul Peterson, said Williams is an all-around great athlete, he works hard and fights every day for his spot on the team, and he was happy to award the scholarship to “a guy that’s worked their tail off.”

“Jagger is awesome, coming as a walk-on, that’s hard,” Peterson said. “You have your back against the wall. You’re fighting for a spot on the team, let alone a scholarship, he’s just embraced the role.”

The DSU football team will have its season-opening game Sept. 3 against Sacramento State University at the Hornet Stadium.

‘He’s not just a football player:’ Trailblazer works to mentor, transcend sport

In July 2021, the NCAA shifted its policy and offered college athletes the chance to benefit from their name, image and likeness–and one Dixie State University student took this as an opportunity to prepare.

Wide receiver Deven Osborne, a senior recreation and sports management major from Los Angeles, California, realized the importance of financial literacy once the policy changed. He began to build a network of athletes, mentors and community members to not only increase financial knowledge in athletes but focus on skills like mentorship, networking and organization. Team Money Good is an on-campus organization with over 30 college athletes, creatives and local mentors. TMG began as a tagline and then developed into a brand and clothing line before becoming a web of individuals with a similar goal in mind. 

“The mission is to teach college athletes to better their mindset so they can transcend their sport,” Osborne said. “We teach athletes how to budget, save and invest.”

Isaiah Pope, a junior communication studies major from Yorba Linda, California, has been a TMG athlete since its inception and he has always wanted to help build the organization in support of Osborne. 

Pope said he believes in the mission and message behind TMG. He said because TMG is a mindset and movement, rather than just an organization, he was excited to be a part of it.

“TMG is a positive thing and it is a way of thinking,” Pope said. “You want to be smart with your money so that your money stays good.”

Pope said because Osborne is an effective leader, TMG athletes feel supported and welcomed while building their knowledge and skillsets.

“[Osborne] leads by example… he talks the talk and walks the walk,” Pope said. “He really cares about every single one of us, he works hard and it’s not just for himself–that speaks a lot to his character as a person.”

TMG has a strong focus on mentorship with five principal mentors who are knowledgeable community members sharing their expertise with the TMG athletes. Tiffany Wilson, DSU board of trustees chair, is one of the TMG mentors who coach athletes in their financial literacy interests.

TMG athletes learn how to budget, save and invest with the help of their mentors, so they can become peer mentors within their sport. The group is also connected with community organizations like RISE and Nets on Fire to bring knowledgeable model athletes together with children around the community.

“Without having played football from sixth grade until now, I wouldn’t have been able to do this,” Osborne said. “My goal is to create bonds and help athletes collaborate, and football has helped me do that.”

Osborne said his sport has helped him learn dedication and perseverance, but it has always been important to him to not be consumed by his sport. He said, with the help of organizations like TMG, athletes can learn more about their potential outside of their sport.

Likewise, Ali Threet, dean of students, said TMG is important because it helps with the unique struggles student-athletes face due to the level of commitment required.

“Programs like TMG can show student-athletes that they have a whole life full of opportunity outside of athletics,” Threet said. “After they graduate, [athletes] can feel stuck without so much structure in their lives, and programs like this help prepare them for a life outside of their sport.”

Threet said she appreciates Osborne’s focus on building a well-rounded experience for himself.

“He’s not just a football player,” she said. “[Osborne] belongs to multiple groups on campus, and he brings them together–he is a connector.”

Threet encourages student-athletes to get involved on campus to find identities in new environments. She said student-athletes often find themselves absorbed by their sport that they lose touch with the rest of campus. She said the best way to connect with others, gain a well-rounded college experience and prepare for the future is to get involved with campus and community organizations like TMG. Although it’s difficult with their rigorous schedules, Threet said there is a large network of people and resources on campus to help students branch out.

“Choose to prioritize things that energize you so you can let go of time-wasters,” Threet said. “I think [Osborne] is energized by people and that’s why he is so successful with what he’s doing.”

Osborne said he encourages athletes to venture out of their usual social circles.

“Get out and explore,” Osborne said. “Collaborate with other people, and get out of your comfort zone… it’ll pay off.”

Threet said it is important for DSU student-athletes to know they are not commodities, and they have just as much of a right as other students to reach out and find support in other areas of campus.

“I was a student-athlete, so I have an understanding to some degree,” Threet said. “I know it can feel overwhelming, but students have to be proactive in taking advantage of resources and opportunities.”

Threet said Osborne is a good example to other students who want to take risks and learn to balance their busy lives. She said Osborne is doing a good job of helping student-athletes become prepared for their futures, which is the primary goal of a university. She looks forward to seeing how TMG and Dixie Athletics continue to evolve. 

“TMG is growing, and I always want to be a part of something that’s growing,” Osborne said. “TMG is a passion of mine and I want it to be successful.”

To learn more about TMG, visit https://moneygoodclothing.com/.

DSU women’s golf team looks to end season on high note, prepares for WAC championship

The Dixie State University women’s golf team will be looking to blaze the trail of its future while competing in the WAC championship April 18-20, in Kerrville, Texas. 

The team is still in its NCAA Division I transition, so while the athletes can personally medal, the team is not eligible to compete as a team for the WAC championship. However, head coach Lindsey Stucki is still excited for the athletes to compete. She sees this tournament as an opportunity for the team to continue to grow their game as well as show off how much their game has already grown. 

“We will definitely be computing our own score to see where we stack up with these other schools,” Stucki said. “The girls have been practicing hard, and this tournament will be a great experience to build upon, as all but one of them competing will be returning to Dixie State next year.”

Abby Livingston, a sophomore health administration major from Novi, Michigan, preaches finding confidence in herself and her team as the key to success. 

Livingston is the team’s leading scorer and is one of three other players on the team with four years of collegiate experience. Dating back to her years at Eastern Michigan University, her game and numbers have consistently improved. Coach Stucki’s faith in her abilities, her commitment and her love for the game has led to her having the best year of her career. She credits this consistent growth to the confidence she has in herself. 

“To prepare for tournaments, the WAC Championship in this case, I like to go in with full confidence within myself and my team,” Livingston said. “Feeling like I am in a leadership position, I always love to help my teammates out as much as I can. I remind them of how talented they are and that they are all great players.” 

Abbey Porter, a sophomore nursing major from Alpine, expressed a similar sentiment and credited the tight-knit nature of the group as the driving source for their growth and success on the course. The real friendships they have built as a group has inspired improvement across the team. 

Porter also said the team has put extensive preparation off the course. 

“We have taken a lot of time this year to prepare,” Porter said. “From studying stats to working on specific yardages, we have put in the work outside of the golf course to prepare well for our tournaments.”

While the transition to Division I has been a process, Stucki spoke positively of the growth of the team. Stucki said the transition has been somewhat of a slow one, but she has still seen the team consistently improve. 

DSU leaves it all on the field, falls short in series against GCU

The Dixie State University baseball team played the No. 1 team in the WAC, Grand Canyon University, in a three-game series on April 8-10 with the team coming up short each game.

Before this series, DSU capitalized on a win April 5 against Brigham Young University. The team attempted to carry the same energy from this game to the series against GCU but didn’t go as expected.

The Trailblazers came into this series knowing well GCU has a good team and is ranked high, but they knew they could give them a bigger fight than last year’s series.

Head coach Chris Pfatenhauer said GCU handled the team pretty good last year because the team was experiencing some outside aspects that affected the series. The team was hoping to battle back this year and bring a bigger fight.

DSU vs. GCU: Game 1

The Trailblazers had the first runs of the game in the third inning which led to an early score of 2-0. They were able to hold this lead until the fifth inning. GCU capitalized on a few defensive errors, scored three runs in the fifth inning, and followed with two more runs in the sixth inning.

The score stayed blank for the next two innings until GCU was able to score again in the ninth inning with two more runs. With the chance to battle back one last time, DSU was unable to score any more runs.

Therefore, the game ended with a five-run lead for GCU with a total score of 7-2.

Shane Taylor, a sophomore general studies major from Las Vegas, Nevada, is a second and third baseman for DSU.

Taylor was able to run in one of the scores in the second inning. Jack Walker, a sophomore graphic design major from Cedar Hills, helped with the play with a sacrifice hit to get him into scoring position.

Kaden Hollow, a sophomore recreation and sports management major from Boise, Idaho, hit a single and gave Taylor the chance to run home.

Taylor said the team was on a big high after their win against BYU earlier in the week but needs to continue that energy for the next couple of games in the series against GCU.

“We can’t dip on our energy, we know that we dipped tonight, and we know we have to bring a higher energy tomorrow,” Taylor said.

DSU vs. GCU: Game 2

Starting off the game early, GCU was able to score one run in the first inning followed by four more runs in the third. DSU attempted to counteract these runs and ended up scoring two more runs. The score remained 5-2.

Only zeros in the fourth inning, but in the fifth inning GCU scored yet another two runs. DSU also came back with one run. The score was led by GCU 7-3, but the scoring wasn’t done.

In the sixth and seventh inning, GCU capitalized on a few more runs and scored two in the sixth and five in the seventh. GCU closed the game early because of the lead. The end score stood 14-3.

DSU vs. GCU: Game 3

In the last game of the series, the Trailblazers came up one run short and lost the last game in the series.

The Trailblazers came out on top with an early two runs in the third inning, but GCU battled back and put two runs on the board in the fourth inning. GCU followed up with another two runs in the fifth and another in the sixth.

DSU came back and scored another three runs to tie the score at 5-5. The score remained lifeless after that up until the last inning, and GCU came out on top with one last run. DSU was unable to beat GCU and fell short with a total score of 6-5.

Zach Thomas, a junior finance major from Lakewood, California, is a right-handed pitcher for DSU. He was able to get on base for the opportunity to score in the bottom of the ninth, but the GCU pitcher was able to close out the game.

Thomas said they still believe they can compete with any team, especially at the Bruce Hurst Field.

“It doesn’t matter if it is the number one team in the country or the number one team in the WAC, we feel like we can compete with anybody,” Thomas said.

The team went into the series specifically knowing GCU has a good pitching staff, and they attempted to counteract it with what the team knows they do best.

“We are just trying to stick to our approach and what we do best, “Thomas said. “It was unlucky, many of our hits just went right to the pitcher.”

DSU will compete against the University of Nevada at its next game April 12. The team plans to continue to work on the little things and hope for a better outcome.

‘They are heading in the right direction:’ DSU football team wraps up spring camp

The Dixie State University football team concluded its 2022 spring camp in preparation for the coming fall season. 

Over the near five-week camp, the team participated in 13 practices and finished with the annual spring game. During this time, the Trailblazers put in work to improve for the first complete season in the WAC and the third season at the Division I level.

Head coach Paul Peterson emphasized the importance of the springtime practices and getting reps in during the drills. Peterson said the team came out to play every practice, every workout and every walk-through. 

In hopes to better its 1-10 record from the 2021 season, the Trailblazers put in tremendous effort throughout the camp. Defensive lineman Dylan Hendrickson, a 2021 graduate from St. George, said the effort has improved in many different aspects.

“Everyone is already a little faster, a little bigger, a little stronger,” Hendrickson said. “We have a whole May, June and July to improve.”

Offensive coordinator Craig Stutzmann also said improvements were made with the offensive line, receivers and quarterbacks during the spring camp.

Stutzmann said, “I think the offensive line did a much better job at communicating and handling a lot of the games on the inside… quarterback wise, they have an understanding of the reads, now it is just a matter of shortening the gap between what you see, what your brain tells your body to do, and reacting… the receivers continued to learn how to play fast and make necessary adjustments.”

These improvements were seen throughout the spring game from pick-sixes to consistent plays. Stutzmann said consistency is “the truth of measurement of performance.”

“I’m really proud of them,” Peterson said. “They are heading in the right direction.”

The Trailblazers plan to keep the momentum going through the fall with summer workouts and practices to prepare for the tough home and away schedule they will face. The team looks to improve its winnings with the new season despite the battles that will be played against Brigham Young University and Southern Utah University, along with other WAC teams.

“Making the transition last year was difficult,” Peterson said. “We didn’t turn anything down on the schedule playing nine ranked teams and seven playoff teams we saw where we needed to get to.”

The DSU football team will play four of its 11 games at the Greater Zion Stadium. The Trailblazers begin the regular season Sept. 3 against the Sacramento State Hornets.

The process of transferring from DSU uniforms to UTU uniforms

By Lindsey Cozad, guest writer

New uniforms have added to the excitement of the university’s change from Dixie State University to Utah Tech University on June 1.

With this change comes many rebranding obstacles which includes designing new uniforms. Athletes were able to see mockups of potential color schemes, play with potential looks, and provide input into the uniform design they liked best. Ultimately, the new uniforms were approved by DSU football coaches, the athletic directors, President Richard “Biff” Williams and Justin Buchanan from BSN Sports.

Buchanan has been the main source of communication between the production of the uniforms and collecting logo ideas. 

Buchanan said: “The value attached to a team uniform helps with the unity of the team and enhances their confidence. It also instills a feeling of belonging and representing the university. Fans, alumni and others will be sporting the new logos on apparel and uniforms to show their pride for the institution.” 

The process has been time-consuming and involves first getting the artwork files from DSU’s marketing and communication team. The next step was sending them to Nike to be uploaded to their database and the final step will be debuting the uniforms in the upcoming season.

Mike Fassel, football assistant head coach, is certain the new uniforms will positively influence the status of Utah Tech University’s athletic programs. 

“We have been, and are extremely excited, to be a Division I school for athletics,” Fassel said. “These updated uniforms with the new logo and name allow our school to continue to grow and proceed in the best direction.”

Men’s soccer coach, Johnny Broadhead, took the approach of introducing the uniforms differently. He had the captains of the team, along with other players, vote on which design they like best. Broadhead then took the top vote from his team and sent that to the athletic directors.

“We are writing our own history. This artwork represents the growth of our school, community and athletics will follow,” Broadhead said. “Getting to tell new recruits that they will be wearing brand new uniforms is an awesome feeling.” 

Throughout the process of creating these new uniforms, the root of design has focused on sleek, cost-effective uniforms. The first sport to debut these uniforms will be football at their first game in September.

Keith Davis: ‘great teammate, great leader’

Keith Davis, a junior management major from San Diego, California, shows his passion for athletics in his college career as a multi-sport athlete playing both football and baseball.

Davis is a strong asset for the Dixie State University football team in the fall as a wide receiver. This 6’1″, 190-pound athlete strives to work hard and continuously improve while keeping up with both sports and academics.

Before competing in athletics at DSU, Davis previously attended and participated in football as a wide receiver at Arizona State University for two years. DSU football head coach Paul Peterson recognized Davis in his time at ASU.

“When he came on the portal he was definitely someone we wanted to take a look at,” Peterson said. “It became a good fit for both of us.”

Peterson was surprised when he got the news Davis is a multi-sport athlete and played baseball as well. Specifically, this is something Peterson looks for in athletes when recruiting for the team.

“We recruit multi-sport athletes because it shows leadership, toughness and athleticism,” Peterson said. “It’s really just a bonus for us.”

Peterson said he noticed Davis’ strengths both on and off the field, as he is “super athletic, fast, a great teammate and leader, conscientious, and also does what he is supposed to in the classroom.”

Davis manages his time well to perform at his best ability by always putting his schoolwork first, and ensuring he has time to focus fully on his sports. Part of being a busy multi-sport student-athlete is getting a good amount of sleep into his schedule.

“I try to get my school work done first and early so I have more time later on, so then I can also get some sleep,” Davis said.

When Davis finally finds free time in his busy schedule, he likes to hang out with his five roommates on the football team, play video games, and watch his favorite show “Ozark” on Netflix.

Springtime is more difficult for Davis because he is balancing school, baseball and football all at the same time. Keith will finish up the season with baseball, then jump right back into football as they finish spring training.

“Spring semester is a little harder academic-wise, and it comes into conflict when I am always on the road for three or four days,” Davis said. “Other than that it is pretty smooth.”

In the spring, Davis competes on the DSU baseball team as an outfielder. Davis got the first hit of the year, drove in the first run at DSU, and has shown nothing but his will and passion to be on the team.

DSU head baseball coach Chris Pfatenhauer gave Davis a tryout and was impressed. Pfatenhauer said he is a great athlete with a good work ethic, commitment, knows how to work hard, and is willing to be coached.

“We gave him a tryout and didn’t anticipate it going nearly as far as it has,” Pfatenhauer said. “He made it hard for us to let him go, he kept hitting, playing hard and improved every single day.”

As the baseball season is starting to make its way to the end, it will play an important series this weekend. This can allow the team to either tie Grand Canyon University for the No. 1 spot in the WAC or steal their title.

This three-game series kicks off on April 8 at 6 p.m. MDT and continues through April 10. Don’t strike out and miss the games, catch Davis in action this weekend at the Bruce Hurst Field at DSU.