Updated: December 03, 2020 06:36 PM
Created: December 03, 2020 05:08 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- While the Cibola football team waits to begin practice, the student-athletes are performing in the classroom.
"Our grades have gone up drastically," said Rod Williams. "We went from having like 11 guys on the good-grade list to 42 guys.
Two straight-A students are leading the way for the cougars, junior offensive lineman Ryan Garcia and sophomore quarterback Aden Chavez.
"I take it very seriously," Ryan said. "I'm always trying to tell people to do the right things, so they can be eligible, cause if they're not, and they don't have good grades, then there would be no point."
"I always take school very seriously because my parents always, like Ryan said, they always preach to me to be always giving forward and always trying your hardest in school and not taking it easy," Aden said.
When they're not hitting the books, the Cougars are doing what they can on the field.
Coming off a solid freshmen year, Chavez is building his recruiting stock at camps including Elite 11 in Chicago, the premiere quarterback camp in the country.
"I love just putting my name out there," Aden said. "Not just mine, New Mexico's name, Cibola's, because it's all about getting yourself out there."
For now, Williams is limited mainly to virtual chats with his team.
"Spending time each day and having goals set and being very organized is gonna carry over from now in academics doing well to their lives afterward," he said. "I just want these guys to be the best at everything, best workers at their jobs, best football players, best in the class with their academics."
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