TALLAHASSEE, Fla. | It was a tale of two different units on Saturday morning during Florida A&M University’s second football scrimmage of fall camp at Bragg Memorial Stadium.
For the first part of the scrimmage, the defense controlled the line of scrimmage, but during the second hour, it was the offense that got into a rhythm to produce more than five touchdowns.
“The defense came out ready to play and the offense came out a bit flat,” Florida A&M head coach Willie Simmons said. “We definitely need to make sure we focus in and become locked in on being football players and understanding the little things. That’s kind of been the theme of this camp. The little things will take care of the big things and so we will watch the film tomorrow and get back to the drawing board on some things.
“We see the skill and we see the talent on the field, but we need to make them (players) understand that talent alone will not get it done. It will take a discipline team that executes to the best of their ability. The team that does that typically wins the ballgame and I don’t think that’s going to change. Execution wins in this game and the group that does it together is the team that comes out on top. If we can get to that point, I think we have a chance to be a very dangerous football team, but time will tell.”
With just a little less than two weeks remaining until the season opener, Simmons said there are still position battles going on in camp.
“It builds competition,” Simmons said. “It’s really an unselfish group and it continues to push them each and every single day. Because of that, I think we will see a lot more production from that group (running backs and wide receivers). We have a lot of really good position battles going on across the board and that’s the good thing about camp. It’s the mark of building a really good program is by building that depth, when you have guys compete this late into training camp.”
After the conclusion of the second scrimmage, the Rattler players and coaches quickly change clothes and entered the Al Lawson, Jr. Gymnasium for the 2019 Kickoff Luncheon, sponsored by the FAMU Rattler Boosters, Inc. During the Kickoff Luncheon, Simmons introduced the Rattler football team and coaching staff.
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The day concluded with Fan Day festivities on the concourse level of the gymnasium. More than 1,000 fans packed the Al Lawson, Jr. Gymnasim to catch a glimpse of the 2019 edition of the Rattler Football Squad. During the jam-packed Fan Day experience, fans had the opportunity for autographs, photos and interact with their favorite player.
In addition, the Lady Rattler volleyball team was in attendance to sign autographs. The FAMU volleyball team is just one week away from an exhibition match against Embry-Riddle. The Lady Rattlers will play host to the Lady Eagles on Saturday, Aug. 24 with a 4 p.m. contest at the Al Lawson, Jr. Gymnasium.
The Rattler football team begins the 2019 season in Orlando, Fla. against 17th-ranked Central Florida. Kickoff against the Knights is set for 7:30 p.m. at Spectrum Stadium and the game will be broadcasted live on the CBS Sports Network.
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