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Magia Day 2071 a day to remember for Atsu, seniors

Magia Day 2071 a day to remember for Atsu, seniors

By Enju Aihara
The Daily Magi
November 10, 2071

Mitakihara Magi wide receiver Will Atsu is glad he chose to stay with Coach Tatsuya Kaname's ballclub after his first year on the team. It would have been so easy for him to leave campus for Alabama, like Sean Acheampong did years ago. Eve since Atsu committed to playing with the Magi, he has been a frequence starter and has been an instrumental cog in the Magi's 2069, 2070 and 2071 seasons as a pass blocker and receiver. Now Atsu will look to showcase his skills on Magia Day this Saturday against North Carolina State.

"I don't know, really, why I had the idea that I wasn't going to get enough playing time," said Atsu in an interview at the Madoka Cathedral. "I was told by Coach Kaname that I would start at least nine games, and I did. He's a guy that keeps his promises. Really, the only way that you would be screwing yourself is if you decide to transfer out and risk not being able to win a BCS championship, like I did the last three years.

"When I trust my coaches, and they follow through, and I do my job, everybody wins. So I've been working really hard to repay him for giving me the playing time I need to succeed because I have an aspiration of playing pro football and making a good living out of it. Most importantly, Coach Kaname stresses the importance of being a student and enjoying like as a college student. I've been doing lots of volunteer work in the offseason, along with service projects and even a humanitarian mission in Ghana, where my extended family is.

"When I get on the football field this Saturday, I know that I got a lot of Ghanaian-American friends and Ghanaian-Canadian supporters coming out to support me and cheer me on. I want to be able to help promote the sport in Ghana and become an ambassador to the game because there are some people who do like to get physical. Soccer is the sport of choice there, but I want to be able to promote American football in my traditional homeland of Ghana.

"All in all, I still think that I made the right decision to stick in our after my first year and trust Coach Kaname that I would get plenty of playing time. So I will do what I have to do to help my team finish the job and go 13-0. This is a team that allows players to get opportunities to deliver and I think the next group of players that step up will not regret being part of the Magi. We are the Best College Football Team in All of College Football for a reason, you know? We're just that good."

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