UNA to honor seniors against West Florida – Times Daily
FLORENCE — If North Alabama continues winning then this Saturday’s game against West Florida will not be the final appearance at Braly Stadium for the Lions’ senior class.
But that doesn’t mean Saturday will not be a special day for the 29 seniors. UNA will honor those players with its annual Senior Day before kickoff against the Argonauts (5-4, 3-3 GSC).
The 29 seniors includes 11 players who have been in the program since Bobby Wallace returned as head coach in 2012.
“It will be emotional for me,” said fullback Hayden Henderson, who walked on as part of the large class of freshmen in 2012. “To get to play college football for the past five years, especially at a place like the University of North Alabama has been such a blessing.
“I’ve had such great coaches and teammates here. There is no doubt that my best friends in the world are here at UNA. To think about all the work I’ve put into this and knowing that this time has come, it will be emotional, but it will also be a very special day for me.”
The 29 seniors is the largest group in several years. Of that 29, 17 have started at least one game this season and players such as Philbert Martial, Levi Fell and Stephen Evans have been four-year starters.
“We have great kids and when you are with them for four or five years they are like family to you,” Wallace said. “Even though when they leave it’s not like I’ll never see them again, but it is still emotional. I can’t imagine what it’s like to come out here and not see some of those guys who have been here so long.”