Tallahassee, Fla -- The Rattlers have waited nine months to get a chance to get after someone besides themselves, and Saturday the wait finally ends.
"I feel like a gladiator before a fight," says defensive tackle Padric Scott. "I'm ready for the cage to go up so I can run into the ring and show everything I've been training for."
"I'm kind of relieved," adds quarterback Austin Trainor. "All of this hard work that we've put in for the past six months, going to spring workouts, summer workouts, camps and everything, all the seven on sevens. Really we just get to go out and showcase it this week."
The Rattlers don't have to wait till week five for their home opener, in the first week of the season.
"The in and out of buses, hotels, airplanes and your fans keep hearing about you on the radio. You want to get your fan base involved," adds Joe Taylor.
Unlike last year FAMU does not open with a FBS powerhouse, instead division two Fort Valley State.
"They have a lot of great athletes on their team. We're going to focus to try and not play down on their level," says red-shirt senior wide receiver Kevin Elliot. " We're going to play and treat this game as it's another championship game."
Trainor adds, "It's not as much anxiety having to travel to Miami or whatnot, that's kind of a tough game. I feel like having the USF game later in the season still gives us time to work out any of the kinks we still have."
Even though the Rattlers were left out of the playoffs they won their last six games, and hope to carry that momentum into the start of the new year.