By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
April 1, 2019
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Following his first year as head coach at Florida A&M, Willie Simmons issued a challenge to his team: get better.
Simple, but poignant, especially after finishing last season with three straight losses, playing their way out of the Celebration Bowl.
Those words resonated, sank in and stuck all spring long. This past Saturday, it culminated on the field in the Rattlers' annual Spring Game.
The team looked sharp, especially senior quarterback Ryan Stanley, who threw for over 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Running back Deshawn Smith also logged a good day, garnering 130 yards on 11 carries and two touchdowns,
FAMU's defense is coming along as well and are slowly bridging the gap between good and great.
"They've accepted the challenge and I think they've closed the gap and that's saying a lot because I think we have a chance to be very, very good on defense," Simmons said after the game. "It's always a work in progress. I'm a perfectionist so I'm never, I wouldn't say pleased, but I'm always working to get better and these guys know that, they understand that."
Saturday's game ended with a 17-14 score, in favor of the Orange team.