Rattler Football Turning Over A New Leaf

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imageThe Florida A&M University football team is looking to rebound after last season’s emotional roller coaster ride.

The Rattlers are under new leadership this year with head coach Alex Wood at the helm. His team will be playing with a chip on their shoulders going into this weekend’s opener against the University of South Florida Bulls in Tampa, Florida.

Under previous head coach Earl Holmes the team went 3-9. In his second year as the head coach, Holmes was fired in the middle of the season days before the homecoming game.

Despite the recent struggles with the program over the last 5 years FAMU supporters are still optimistic about the new direction of the football program. Even with the Rattler’s preseason prediction to finish conference play in 8th place, there are returning players from last year’s team that are equally optimistic about the new season.

One of the biggest concerns for the Rattlers this year will be can redshirt-junior Quarterback Carson Royal turn around an offense that has struggled mightily the past 5 years. In a recent press conference interview Wood named Royal the starter for this season’s opener this Saturday. Royal will replace four year starter Damien Fleming who recently graduated this summer. Read Full