The FAMU Baby Rattlers are hitting spring practice hard as they hope to build on the successes of last year's team that went 7-3 in the regular season before falling in the Class 1-A semifinal.
Head coach Ira Reynolds tells us he's excited that about 85 percent of his team returns, so this spring this is what they're working on.
Reynolds says, "For the most part, just fine tuning. You know, the younger guys that are new, we're going to teach them and spend a lot of time with them."
Baby Rattlers running back Jordan Stanley says, "You know this spring we all have come out here and worked hard, and we're just trying to get ready to see what we got out here. We small in numbers, but we're strong. We're real strong and trying to get another state championship."
Stanley will be looked to help carry this team as he'll step into the starter's role at running back. Stanley says,"Definitely ready to take on the role. We all working hard out here. I got to thank my line and all that stuff. We just trying to come out here and win. That's all. It don't matter how many carries I got to take to win, that's what I will do. One or 30, I'll do it."
Coach Reynolds also has the luxury of having his starting quarterback Montarious Donaldson return which is the time that's happened in the past six years.
Reynolds says, "We're going to throw the ball a little more this year. Of course, our returning quarterback understands the system. We're going to run the ball. That's our forte, but certainly if people put eight or nine in the box, we're going to put it up in the air."
What's not in the air is the fact that FAMU will be considered as one of the favorites to win a state title.