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FAMU football preview

Where: Tallahassee

Enrollment: 10,528

Nickname: Rattlers

Coach: Joe Taylor (first season at FAMU, 197-76-4 in 26 seasons)

Conference: Mid-Eastern

Last season: 3-8, 2-7 in MEAC (eighth)

Local ties: OLB Victoriano Arboleda (Middleton); CB Gregory Clark (Durant); DB Gregory Harvey (Largo); WR Jonathan Sanders (Middleton); DB LeRoy Vann (Blake).

Stadium: Bragg Memorial Stadium (25,500)

Outlook: First-year FAMU coach Joe Taylor hopes to return the shine to a once dominant program after the team fell apart in 2007. The abrupt departure of quarterback Albert Chester sparked the downfall as the Rattlers lost six of their final seven, including 34-7 in the Florida Classic to rival Bethune-Cookman. Coach Rubin Carter was fired, and Taylor left Hampton after 16 seasons to rebuild FAMU. Taylor will lean heavily on the running game and MEAC rookie of the year Philip Sylvester, who led the conference in all-purpose yards (164.3 per game) and finished with 858 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns. The quarterback position was unsettled in camp with sophomore Eddie Battle, freshman Tobias Lee and sophomore Robert Love competing. The Rattlers ranked eighth in the conference in total defense (364.45 yards per game) and allowed an average of 26.82 points. Middle linebacker Vernon Wilder led FAMU with 87 tackles as a sophomore.

Web site: famurattlersports.com

Izzy Gould, Times staff writer

Schedule

SaturdayAlabama State6 p.m.

Sept. 4at Delaware State7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20at Howard1 p.m.

Sept. 27vs. Tennessee State in Atlanta3 p.m.

Oct. 4South Carolina State6 p.m.

Oct. 9Winston-Salem State7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18at Southern7 p.m.

Oct. 25at Norfolk State1 p.m.

Nov. 1Morgan State3 p.m.

Nov. 8at North Carolina A&T1:30 p.m.

Nov. 15Hampton3 p.m.

Nov. 22vs. Bethune-Cookman in Orlando2 p.m.



Where: Tallahassee

Enrollment: 10,528

Nickname: Rattlers

Coach: Joe Taylor (first season at FAMU, 197-76-4 in 26 seasons)

Conference: Mid-Eastern

Last season: 3-8, 2-7 in MEAC (eighth)

Local ties: OLB Victoriano Arboleda (Middleton); CB Gregory Clark (Durant); DB Gregory Harvey (Largo); WR Jonathan Sanders (Middleton); DB LeRoy Vann (Blake).

Stadium: Bragg Memorial Stadium (25,500)

Outlook: First-year FAMU coach Joe Taylor hopes to return the shine to a once dominant program after the team fell apart in 2007. The abrupt departure of quarterback Albert Chester II sparked the downfall as the Rattlers lost six of their final seven , including 34-7 in the Florida Classic to rival Bethune-Cookman. Coach Rubin Carter was fired, and Taylor left Hampton after 16 seasons to rebuild FAMU. Taylor will lean heavily on the running game and MEAC rookie of the year Philip Sylvester, who led the conference in all-purpose yards (164.3 per game) and finished with 858 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns. The quarterback position was unsettled in camp with sophomore Eddie Battle, freshman Tobias Lee and sophomore Robert Love competing. The Rattlers ranked eighth in the conference in total defense (364.45 yards per game) and allowed an average of 26.82 points. Middle linebacker Vernon Wilder led FAMU with 87 tackles as a sophomore.

Web site: famurattlersports.com

Schedule

Saturday Alabama State 6 p.m.

Sept. 4 at Delaware State 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 at Howard 1 p.m.

Sept. 27 vs. Tennessee State in Atlanta 3 p.m.

Oct. 4 South Carolina State 6 p.m.

Oct. 9 Winston-Salem State 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Southern 7 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Norfolk State 1 p.m.

Nov. 1 Morgan State 3 p.m.

Nov. 8 at North Carolina A&T 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 Hampton 3 p.m.

Nov. 22 vs. Bethune-Cookman in Orlando 2 p.m.

FAMU football preview 08/27/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:40am]

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