Calvin Sykes, Florida A&M Correspondent (@CSykesSportsU on Twitter)
Tallahassee, FLA., (www.franchisesportsonline.net) – After a devastating loss on its homecoming, the Florida A&M Rattlers football team is on a three-game losing streak.
In his weekly press conference, FAMU head coach Alex Wood would only take questions about the team’s next game against Hampton University.
Defense remains the same
Throughout the Alex Wood era, the best part of his team has always been his tough and rugged defense.
This year, the FAMU defense ranks in the top-50 in the FCS in the following categories: #No. 10 in Pass Defense, #No. 27 in Total Defense, #No. 33 in Pass Efficiency Defense and #No. in Red Zone Defense.
“We just are playing better, and playing more inspired defense,” Wood said. “I think our personnel is a little bit older, stronger, faster, and more explosive. Our guys are playing hard. Defensive coaches are doing a good job implementing schemes that are geared towards stopping the opponents.”
Despite the high praise, Wood said his team still needs to work on stopping the run.
“We said that we wanted to stop the run, but we are not quite there yet.”
In the middle of season, quarterback Ryan Stanley, a redshirt freshman, has struggled with turnovers. He has thrown five interceptions mid–way through the season.
Facing Another Giant
Hampton is 3-0 in the MEAC. This will be the second week in a row the Rattlers face a team with a winning record.
“We got some common opponents, and different results,” Wood said. “It will be tough up there. We are really looking for to the matchup.”
Hampton averages 20.4 points per game and runs the spreads offense. He credits a big portion of that to the Pirates’ offensive line.
“They have bigger and thicker guys up front, and then zone you up defensively,” Wood said.” The running back gets behind them and pops out because no one can find him.”
Defensively, Hampton runs an efficient zone defense and only allows 18.2 points per game.