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Spirit Senior Day Honours Class Of 2073

Spirit Senior Day Honours Class Of 2073

By Satsuki Ranjou
Spirit News
November 6, 2073

Leafa Spirit Gridiron quarterback and third-year student Cooper Kanie is not, under the NCAA rules, a senior, but his leadership and experience playing college gridiron may suggest that this could be the last home game he plays for Dan Harding's Green and Gold. Spirit Senior Day, scheduled for November 11, 2073 at Yunupingu Field in Canberra, ACT, honours the student-athletes of the Leafa Spirit Class of 2073 and there is some talk that Kanie could be leaving early for the pros after this season is over. However, he is not one to be quick in making a decision.

"My wife Yuuna is telling me to slow down for a moment and enjoy playing for my mates out here," Kanie said after training at Houraisan Centre. "She's right. I love playing for Leafa and making Aussie gridiron fans proud of this team and it's a lot of fun running the spread option playbook. Over my past two years playing under center, I've studied the playbook, been capable of calling my own audibles, and anticipating what the opponent across from me will do.

"But overall, Yuuna and I have enjoyed being students here. It's nice to have people know who I am, toss footballs around, practice the pitch on Leafa Square's grass just to show off...and I even got to do some humanitarian charity work in the States before the international championship game last year. If I do decided to play professionally, I want to give back some of my earnings to the university and help a new generation of players experience this sport.

"I'm really excited about what the future will hold for this program. And there is one part of me that wants to try a new challenge and jump early, and the other wants me to finish up my work here. Like I said, I am keen on looking at my options and then I will make a decision. I won't be transferring to another program, that's for sure. Too late for me to even think about it, and thank God I don't."

Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. AEDT and will be televised by Prime7 and One World Sports globally. On radio, the game will be broadcast live and online on flagship radio station 5AO, the affiliate radio station from Melbourne, 3TK 710 AM and new affiliate radio station from Perth, hit92.9.