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Last call for Mitakihara Magi seniors on Magia Day 2060

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Last call for Mitakihara Magi seniors on Magia Day 2060

By Natsumi Koshigaya
The Daily Magi
November 15, 2060


Magia Week 2060 is the week in the Mitakihara University Athletic Department's calendar that honors the fourth-year student-athletes of the Class of 2061. It culminates with the Magia Day Game against the Wyoming Cowboys at historic Mitakihara Stadium in Mitakihara Town, B.C. One of the many seniors on the side is cornerback Kellen Hudson, who will be graduating with a degree in sociology.

"Mitakihara is a place I like to call home," said Hudson, a native of Villa Rica, Ga. "It's as cold as Georgia in the wintertime, but in the summer, it's not too bad. The heat here on the island is moderated by the sea breezes, and the winters are actually a bit milder. That's why I wanted to play football here: it's got the weather that will allow me to develop as a student and as an athlete.

"So when I signed up and committed to the Magi, I ended up being part of the best band of brothers I could ever be with. I had a lot of fun with the people that came before me when I was a freshman, sophomore and junior, and now that I'm a senior, I'm one of the many people that my teammates look up to because I have experience and leadership.

"The professors at this university are committed to developing their students. They want me to be successful and answer my calling, which is to potentially be a teacher when I'm done playing professionally. The curriculum is really good and it really forces you to think outside the box and not settle for mediocre run-of-the-mill concepts and answers. The best students explore beyond the subjects they learn and integrate the concepts beyond the classroom into their daily lives. That's really...an awesome thing.

"On the field, I've bought into the system that Coach Kanda, Coach Stu and Coack Kaname taught me. The great thing about our defense is that we're in control. I need to know the tendencies of the players I'm assigned to cover, then I anticipate and make my move. The defense we run requires the secondary to be in a rhythm and be three or four steps ahead of the offense minimum. We do this all the time and it works.

"After this, we have just a few more games to go, and then our season will be done. I want to be able to play in the national championship game, but I know that it's not going to be easy with all the other teams ahead of us. If we end up going to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl, I won't have any hard feelings."

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