Rattlers ready to rumble with B-CU

Players 3 and 5, Markquese Bell and Antwan Collier pictured together. Photo courtesy: Bell’s Instagram

Antwan Collier, a safety on Florida A&M’s football team, officially began playing for the Rattlers this fall. Collier not only sports No. 3 on his football team jersey, he also ranks in the top three in tackles for FAMU as well.

In preparation for this weekend’s game at the Florida Classic in Orlando, Collier feels as though he and his Rattler teammates are readier than ever.

Bethune-Cookman, their in-state rival, has had its way with FAMU even under coach Willie Simmons, upsetting FAMU in 2019 when FAMU was in the driver’s seat for a berth in the Celebration Bowl. FAMU last beat B-CU in 2010.

“My feelings towards playing in my first ever classic game are exciting. I’m ready and I know my teammates are ready as well,” Collier said.

Collier isn’t the only one confident in the FAMU football team’s chances on Saturday. Markquese Bell, No. 5 on the team and also a starting safety, said that this is his second Florida Classic game and he’s ready to unite with his team and produce a FAMU victory.

“I’m just excited to play another game with my teammates,” Bell said. “Not trying to get into the hype of the game, but I do believe we have a good chance this year because we’re gonna take care of the little things and play our game like we have been all season.”

The Florida Classic is the annual game between Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University. This rivalry game dates back to 1925, but officially became known as the Florida Classic in 1978.

Like previous years, the anticipation for this weekend is through the roof. And with FAMU’s impressive football record this season, the energy is even more heightened.

“I think they’re gonna execute the same way that they’ve been playing all season, defense is gonna hold B-CU to under 10 points, and I’m confident my boy Sheread Jah’marae is gonna have at least two touchdowns,” said Yirmyah, No. 29 on the Rattlers.

Nonetheless, it is in the Rattler’ nature to expect a victory Saturday. The boys are both self- and team-assured in their defense.

“I feel like we have a great chance of winning this year,” Collier said. “Me and my teammates just have to go out there and play harder than them.”