The Florida A&M defense needed a big play if they wanted to maintain a shutout as Morris Brown had first and 10 on FAMU’s 13 yard line with about 10 minutes left in the third quarter.
The Wolverines’ quarterback Ralph Gordon rolled out to the left, avoiding the pass rush, and overthrew his receiver into the hands of FAMU free safety Levy Brown.
With the interception, Brown solidified in the minds of the 17,945 in attendance that this year’s Rattler defense is going to dominate, and he is going to lead them.
“We came out here and we had to prove a point because we didn’t get a chance to show what our defense really had last week against Miami,” said Brown, who also had a game high eight tackles, six solo.
On Saturday the defense only allowed 165 yards, compared to 516 yards and nine touchdowns last week against Miami.
“I’ve never seen a guy so small hit a guy so big like he did last week against Miami,” said senior quarterback Casey Printers, who passed for 229 yards and four touchdowns in the 64-6 win on Saturday. “He’s a great leader and he keeps everybody fluid and upbeat and in the game it just comes out.”
This junior from Miami had 20 more tackles last season than any other Rattler, two tackles shy of 100 with 98. He considers himself the leader of this defense that forced Morris Brown to fumble on their first three possessions. They also only allowed the Wolverines to gain 70 yards on 32 plays in the first half.
“Levy is definitely a leader in reference to his performance,” commented Rattler Head Coach Billy Joe after the game. “He has a lot of drive, desire and determination; there is no quit in that Rattler.”