T.C McWilliams catches the football and scrambles down the sideline for ASU's longest pass play of the game during action in the ASU vs.JSU football game September 24 2011. (ASU)

MONTGOMERY, Alabama – Alabama State opens October at home when the Hornets host Alcorn State Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.

“I think these guys have put in the work this week,” head coach Reggie Barlow said of his team’s preparation. “Friday is really a jog-through day for us. Spirits are good and they have good energy. Guys seem to be pretty relaxed. We’ll meet later tonight and get them ready for tomorrow.”

The Hornets have started strong this season with a 3-1 record to begin the 2011 season. The September schedule had Alabama State on the road three times and ASU will play just its second home game Saturday night.

“We’ve been gone for a while, to only have one home game to start after traveling to Mississippi (twice) and Michigan,” Barlow said. “It’s going to be good for us to be back at home. We know our fans will come out, support us and give us good energy and hopefully our guys will feed off of that.”

The Hornets sit in first place in SWAC play with a 3-0 record, with two wins against Eastern Division foes. A win over the Braves (1-3 overall, 1-3 SWAC) would give Alabama State a 4-0 mark in the conference for the first time since the 2005 season and more importantly a 3-0 record against the East.

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