Wittenberg will honor the seniors before the final game of the regular season Saturday. The Tigers (6-3, 5-2) play Wooster (4-5, 3-4) at 1 p.m. at Edwards-Maurer Field. Last year, Wooster overcame a 33-7 deficit to beat Wittenberg 44-43.
A year ago, Wittenberg’s senior class faced the same decision. Bryce Anderson, Dane Flatter, Max Yost and Christian Sweet, all members of the 2019 recruiting class, returned for a fifth year in college football.
Collins will give the 2023 seniors time to figure out if they want to play one more season.
“After a long, hard season like this, emotionaly and physically, you’ve really emptied the tank,” Collins said. “It’s a little bit tougher to figure that out today, tomorrow or the next day, but I think after the season’s over, they’ll all get a chance to just sit back, think about it and then make that decision. It’s a quality group of people, and they’re all welcome back, that’s for sure.”
Wittenberg ended a two-game losing streak with a 36-28 victory at Ohio Wesleyan last week. The Tigers trailed 14-3 after one quarter but took control of the game with a 23-0 run in the second half.
“We showed a lot of a lot of grit because you talk about bouncing back and and forgetting about those two previous weeks but it’s easier said than done,” Collins said. “When you’re behind 14-3 early in the game, it takes a lot of heart to battle back and take the lead and then and then finish, so I give our guys a lot of credit for that. It just shows — and I’ve said this all along — what we’re capable of, but you have to prove it every week.”