Tallahassee, FL - September 25, 2012
Damien Fleming's first college game last year came in one of the most tradition-rich rivalries in all of sports.
"I know he was nervous. You could see it in his face," said Terry Johnson, a sophomore cornerback. "First snap he bobbled it a little bit."
"It was pretty interesting," said John Ojo, a senior safety. "I kind of followed him already in high school so I kind of knew what he could do."
"The young gunslinger Damien came in, he did his thing. That was definitely a huge moment in my Classic memories," said Padric Scott, a senior defensive tackle.
Fleming came in when the Rattlers were down 33-17 at half to Southern.
"My coaches looked at me when I decided to put Damien Fleming into the game. They kind of looked at me like "Are you serious?," Head Coach Joe Taylor said.
"My first play, like the ball slipped through my hands," Fleming said with a laugh.
The Jackonsville, Florida native helped lead the Rattlers to a 21-point come-from-behind win.
Now the MEAC Offensive Player of the Week plans on passing another memory into the series.
"I'm coming looking into this game, having a little experience and knowing a lot more than I did last year and just looking to have a good game," he said.
The Rattlers won their second straight this past weekend against Delaware State, their first road win of the season.
"Each year we go up it is a great experience because of the atmosphere, the number of people," Taylor said.