Simmons not dwelling on Howard loss, focused on SC State

Coach Willie Simmons answering media questions on Tuesday.
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A little after 12:30 pm, head coach Willie Simmons sat in front of reporters as he held his press conference in the Al Lawson Auditorium in response to last week’s game against Howard University. The loss ended the Rattler’s five game winning streak.

FAMU fell short to Howard 31-23 last Saturday. When asked about his team’s performance, Simmons felt that his team played well, but not good enough.

“There were too many missed opportunities,” Simmons said. He believes there is still much room for improvement. Going into this week, Simmons wants to focus on the basics and making sure his players are understanding their roles. 

“Sometimes boys this age start looking down the line at what could be, as opposed to our philosophy of what is right in front of our face.” 

Simmons believes that if his team can stick to their assignments, they can beat South Carolina State and go in into the Florida Classic with momentum. 

With next Saturday being the Rattlers last home game of the season and also Senior’s Night, Simmons expects a lot out his senior players. He has sixteen of them on his roster, and he has seen most of them become solid leaders of the football team.

“These players brought the team together and that is what we need. These boys deserve their last game on their home field to be one they will never forget.” 

As Simmons prepares his team for Saturday’s showdown, he wishes to correct any mistakes from last week and come out of this game with another win under their belt. It is up to him and his team to make that wish come true.  Kickoff is at 4:00 pm this Saturday.