The FAMU Rattlers once again lose their season opener. They also intend to once again bounce back and salvage another season with season-long improvement.
One facet the Rattlers will need to improve on comes at wide receiver. While Willie Hayward is an All-MEAC talent, the Rattlers struggled to get him the ball. Coach Rubin Carter sees that as a must.
"What we have to do is design more routes and patterns geared towards Willie being able to get open, so they won't be able to shut him down, as much as they have a chance to on the vertical routes, have to find other ways and other means to get him the football."
Another must for the Rattlers is a return to health for their two quarterbacks. Leon Camel earned some additional playing time because of an Albert Chester injury (foot), but then hurt his shoulder in battle against Southern.
"He's still feeling a little soar for us... We'll evaluate him day to day... and let Leon go in and execute the offense. Do the things that we think he's capable of doing," says Coach Carter.
The Rattlers look to heal and bounce back from their painful lessons this weekend when they host Delaware State.