Dynamic quarterback ignites Rattlers offense

Senior quarterback Curtis Pulley gives the Florida A&M University Rattlers a spark on offense that few teams can extinguish.

Pulley racked up a season-high 405 yards of total offense in a 31-28 overtime victory against Morgan State University.  A season high 234 yards came on the ground on 20 carries. 

Pulley is the focal point for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s top rushing offense. He has rushed for 416 yards on 37 carries over the past two games against Morgan State and homecoming foe Norfolk State University.

“I’ve been using the word ‘phenomenal,'” head coach Joe Taylor said describing Pulley’s performances.  “Rushing, throwing, just being an overall leader, he’s really special.” 

His latest performance puts him at fourth on the list of greatest rushing performances in Florida A&M’s history.  Pulley surpassed junior running back Philip Sylvetser’s 222-yard performance against Howard University in 2007 with his 234 yard game.

“It’s no fluke that he’s on the Walter Payton watch list for one of the best players at this particular level,” Taylor said.

Pulley passed for 174 yards on 13-22 passing with one touchdown and one interception against Morgan State’s No. 1 pass defense.

The Rattlers still have conference games against North Carolina A&T Saturday at 3 p.m., at Hampton Saturday Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. and Bethune-Cookman University in the Orlando Classic Saturday Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m.

“Talent levels are different, but nobody should ever lose the effort battle,” Taylor said.