Florida A&M’s Road to the MEAC Championship Starts Saturday

By: Marcus Joseph

All lights in the Tallahassee area will lead to Bragg Stadium Saturday afternoon, as the Rattlers will on take the Hampton University Pirates in their home opener and conference match-up.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (franchisesportsonline.net) – A win for the Rattlers would give them their first conference win of the season, along with their first win of the season. The Rattlers were defeated last season on the road, 23-17, on national television.  Both teams enter into the game hungry for their first win of the season.

The last time Hampton University defeated FAMU in Bragg Memorial was during the 2006 season, with the Pirates defeating the Rattlers 59-7.

The Florida A&M Rattlers faced the No.5 University of Oklahoma Sooners, last weekend in front of a crowd of 84,852 fans.

Bragg Stadium will not get as packed as the Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, but fans will be just as entertained. The Rattler Nation will not only be in front of a highflying offense, and swarming defense but entertained with a performance by major recording artist Future.

The Florida A&M University Athletics has enhanced this year season opener for the Florida A&M Rattlers.

In addition to FUTURE’s halftime performance, the entire game experience will be enhanced with an

In addition to Future’s halftime performance, there will be an Old School vs New School DJ battle. DJ Demp, a popular DJ among FAMU alumni, will represent for the New School while DJ Neaux, a out of Atlanta accompanied by DJ Will ‘Power’ Packer of Rainforest Films, will represent for the Old School. (Will Packer is a FAMU alumnus that has now gone on to produce major motion picture films like Stomp the Yard, Obsessed, and most recently Think Like a Man, among others.)

The Rattler defense will look to stop sophomore quarterback Travis Champion, who currently ranked third in the MEAC for passing averaging 159.5 yards through the air per game, while also sitting fourth in total offense at 160.0 yards per game and eighth with an efficiency rating of 115.0.

The Rattlers will need to stop Pirates dual treat on defense, junior linebacker DeVonte` Hawkins, who leads the MEAC in tackles with 17.5 per game and redshirt-junior defensive back Carvin Johnson, who is third with 13.5 tackles per game.

The field at Bragg Memorial will light up 6 p.m. EST, Saturday afternoon for the start of the Rattlers MEAC voyage.


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