There has been a changing of the guard in Tallahassee. The city's football scene is no longer dominated by the Trojan green. Instead, the Cougars have swiped the intercity matchup. This year they expect nothing less.
“We have a lot of people they have to key in on, they have to key on my quarterback, running backs, got a couple of good receivers," said junior wide out Willie Downs.
"You can tell at the beginning, a lot of our juniors here, we’re going to be good, like Willie Downs. I knew they were going to be good," added senior running back British Footman.
Talent there is plenty of, with juniors Willie Downs and A.J. Graham bolstering the passing attack, there is no better showing of depth than in the backfield, where three tailbacks is not a crowd.
"I feel like we have three starting running backs, we have Damian, British, and Santuan Moore, and these three are our people who keep us fired up," comments head football coach Shelton Crews.
"I know a lot of teams are focusing on me, but a couple of big plays from these two, they realize they have 3 backs instead to worry about," added Footman.
"That's real god, it just takes off pressure from me, and my throwing game, if they need me to step up I know I'll be there for it," said junior QB A.J. Graham.
While there may not be pressure on the individuals to put up numbers, there will be plenty of pressure on the team. An undefeated regular season in '06 lost its luster when the Cougars fell to Washington in the first round of the playoffs.
With their talent level as high as ever, the opportunity to take home a ring begins to dim at first sight of the Friday night lights.
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