Florida A&M University’s new quarterback transfer student, Curtis Pulley, is trying to adjust to the transition of moving from one division one school to FAMU division WA.
Pulley, 21, a junior sociology and history student, transferred from the University of Kentucky just before the semester began and is excited about being a part of the Rattler football team.
Pulley said that having transferred from a major championship bowl division to a subdivision doesn’t bother him.
“Football here is fun; it doesn’t have a business feel to it,” Pulley said. “Everyone here enjoys playing because there is no stress and they welcomed me with open arms.”
Pulley chose not to comment on why he transferred.
Pulley was raised in Hopkinsville, Kentucky where he went to Hopkinsville High and played both football and basketball.
“I love basketball,” Pulley said. “I think basketball is my real joy, but with football I get to get loose and release my energy on the field.”
Pulley, who will be rotating with Eddie Battle, played in the Delaware game. He had seven carries for 87 yards averaging 12.4 yards.
Battle, a quarterback from Titusville, said that he is pleased with Pulley as an addition to the team.
“I am ok with it because I feel he is a good athlete and not only can, but will get the job done,” Battle said. “He has real good feet and a strong arm.”
Offensive Coordinator Coach, Lawrence Kershaw, said he was outstanding in the game against Delaware.
“He gives that added dimension of a quarter back that can really run,” Kershaw said, “he is very mobile and has a strong and accurate arm.”
Kershaw also mentioned that Pulley has done great job picking up the team’s system and style of plays.
For some players on the team, Pulley’s humble and personable demeanor, along with his understanding of his role and abilities, has made it easy for him to click with the other players.
“He’s taking the leadership role of the team and I think he’s filling it pretty well,” said Adrian Smith, 20, junior, a wide receiver and criminal justice student from Lakeland.
Javares Knight, 21, a senior criminal justice student, from Tallahassee said that Pulley has adapted to the team style quickly.
“He grasped the system extremely fast and is ready to take the leadership role,” Knight said.
Pulley said that he is happy to be on the team and plans to do all that he can to help the Rattlers make it to the championship.
“We all expect to win and play harder, but as for myself, I don’t want to leave anything undone, whatever I can do, I will do as a team player,” Pulley said. “I came here by myself but I will play as a member of a team. And we’re going to be winners this season.”