Canon Racanelli has a better appreciation now of football defenses.
He constantly studied coverages as a record-setting quarterback at Hockinson High School before starting five games for NCAA Division II Central Washington as a redshirt freshman.
But now, he’s part of a defense.
After a rocky 2019 college debut at quarterback, Racanelli is embracing a new role at defensive back for the Wildcats. And he’s enjoying every bit of it as he looks ahead to a redshirt sophomore season in 2020.
“I’m really excited for it,” Racanelli said, “and I think it’s going to be super fun. … It’s crazy how fast everything has happened.”
The school’s spring practices were scheduled to start April 5 and culminate May 4 with its spring game, but the COVID-19 pandemic ended spring ball before it began. CWU’s campus closed March 20. Like many college athletes, Racanelli is improvising. All academic learning — and football team meetings — is done online. Racanelli continues to train on his own, and the transition to defense was warmly accepted.
Even if it came from his own doing.
After winning CWU’s starting quarterback job in 2019, he started the first four games, including throwing for 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Idaho Vandals in his season debut.