Five Rattlers Earn MEAC Football Honors as Top Performers

 By Marcus Joseph 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – In Florida A&M disappointing season-opener against rival school Tennessee State University, five players earned Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference recognition Tuesday morning.

The Rattlers worked to rally back from 17 points down, to come back within a field goal away. With the win, Tennessee State was able to break a five-game win streak that the Rattlers once held.

For the Rattlers, on the offensive side of the ball, starting sophomore QB Damien Fleming earned  top performance honors. He complete 15-of-30 passes for 119 yards with one touchdown and rushed 13 times for 52 yards.

He was also companied by OL Douglas Almendares and Zerrie Patterson, who both earned top performance honors by the MEAC. Almendares and Patterson both graded out at 90-percent on their assignment. Patterson finished with four pancakes in the game. And, Almendares finished with three pancakes in the game.

On the defensive side of the ball, senior LB Brandon Hepburn gained top performance by the MEAC. New York native, Hepburn finished the game with 10 tackles including 3.5 for a loss and one sack in Florida A&M’s loss.

And, for special team’s, punter Branden Holdren also earned MEAC recognition with 207 punting yards on five attempt averaging 41.4 yards per punt with one touchback.

The Rattlers are now preparing for their second opponent of the season the Oklahoma Sooners, who they will be traveling to face in the Sooners opening home game of the season.

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