Intensity key for hungry rattlers


Not looking in the past, Florida A&M’s football team is focusing on having a more successful second half of the season.


Intensity and confidence will help the 2-3 Rattlers against a young and energetic Savannah State football team on Saturday.


“We have to come out firing on all cylinders,” Willie Ferrell said.


Ferrell, a starting linebacker from Tallahassee, believes that coming out with intensity and executing on every play could help the rattlers earn a win this week.


Coming off of a bye week, the rattlers have added motivation to get to an even 500 overall and 3-1 in the conference.


“We cant’ let the last game determine our season or make a statement for who we are,” Demarius Folsom said.


Folsom and the Rattler defense held the opposing offense to four field goals and one score.


The last time on the field, the rattler football team was handed a 19-0 lost to South Carolina State.


Coming off the loss, the Rattlers look to open up the ground game, which in recent week has been virtually none existent.


The rushing attack, led by Phillip Sylvester and Eddie Rocker, has rushed for less than 50 yards in each of the last two games.


“Its hard to execute plays when guys are not healthy on your offensive line,” Coach Joe Taylor said.


The offensive line will start the same line in consecutive games for the first time this season, against a young Savannah State defense.


Quarterback Martin Ukpai will remain the team’s starting signal caller. Backing up Ukpai will be freshman quarterback, Austin Trainor.


Savannah State, led by quarterback Antonio Bostick, are 0-6 but, look to bring the best out of the Rattlers this Saturday.


“Bostick is their offense, everything runs through him,” Taylor said.