Rattlers take on Delaware State


            The Florida A&M University football team will take on the Delaware State University Hornets on Saturday. The Rattlers will look to remain undefeated in the MEAC and earn their second win of the season.

            The Rattlers are looking for another big performance from redshirt junior RB James Owens. Owens had a stellar game against Howard, racking up more than 250 all-purpose yards while battling a hamstring injury.

            “I am fighting a hamstring injury right now,” said Owens. “I’m like 95 percent.”

            Head football coach Joe Taylor said the team keeps making improvements and is beginning to understand concepts.

Taylor believes the receiving corp is the strength of Delaware State.

            “They are getting better, but I believe that they are relying on their receiving corp,” said Taylor. “We still have some things we need to work on.”

            The defense gave up 347 yards passing and 127 rushing on Saturday. The Rattlers will have to sure up their defense against the Hornets.

FAMU has given up more than 900 passing yards through the first three games. As motivation, the defensive coaches have placed the defense’s stats on every defensive player’s locker.  

            Frank Mays, a junior defensive end from Bemidji, Minn., is very excited about the game. He said one of the keys on defense this weekend will be making sure the defensive line gets off of their blocks.

            “I expect a win,” said Mays. “There is no doubt in my mind that we can’t take this win.”

            FAMU beat the Hornets 34-7 at Bragg Stadium last year, and hopes to have a similar performance this Saturday in Dover, Del. The game kicks off at 6 p.m.