Backup QB Shines in Orange & Green Game

April 14, 2007

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida A&M staged their annual Orange and Green Football Game at Bragg Memorial Stadium Saturday, a spirited battle won by the offense, 24-17.

Head coach Rubin Carter and his staff put the Rattlers through their paces during a two-and-a-half hour situational scrimmage session, that featured three quarterbacks - rising senior and two-year starter, Albert Chester II (Jacksonville, Fla.), along with redshirt freshmen Robert Love (Pahokee, Fla.) and Eddie Battle (Titusville, Fla.).

Love finished the day ahead, hitting eight of 10 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns - a 40-yarder to Adrian Smith (Lakeland, Fla.) and a 32-yarder to Derek Williams (Port St. Lucie, Fla.).

Chester was 12 of 17 for 128 yards, while Battle hit on 6 of 10 aerials for 58 yards, although he scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak in the second half.

Smith, a redshirt freshman wide receiver, finished with six catches for 106 yards and a TD. Tight end Taj Jenkines (Jacksonville, Fla.) had four grabs for 31 yards; Ronald Wright (Miami, Fla.) finished with three receptions for 58 yards, while Ken Menelas (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) made two catches for 64 yards. Senior Derek Williams had two catches on the day for 37 yards and a score Saturday.

On the ground, the Rattler runners showed some promise, as freshman Andre Jacobs (Ocala, Fla.) finished with 77 yards on seven carries. Walk-on Kalum Harris zipped for 72 yards on four carries, while Brashaad Mayweather (Baltimore, Md.) ran for 41 yards on 12 carries. Rising sophomore Demitric Henry (Gifford, Fla.) ran for 31 yards on four carries early in the day, before sitting out with an injury.

Defensively, the Rattlers looked sharp, often forcing the offense into several three-and-out situations.

Senior defensive ends Tyrone McGriff, Jr. (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Carlos Rolle (Tallahassee, Fla.) led a lightning pass rush, while linebacker Vic Arboleda (Tampa, Fla.), scooped up a Love fumble and raced 50 yards for a touchdown, and linebacker Michael McMillan (Irving, Tex.) recovered another Orange team fumble and returned it 46 yards in the second half of action Saturday.

FAMU coach Rubin Carter "was pleased with the effort Saturday. We saw some good things out of our youngsters today, but at the same time, there is still a long way to go and much work to be done to get ready for the season."

Florida A&M opens its' 2007 football season on September 2 against Southern University in the SWAC/MEAC Challenge at Legion Field in Birmingham, Ala., live on ESPN2. Kickoff will be 1:30 p.m. Central Time.

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