Credit: Florida A&M Sports Information
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Aug.6) – The Florida A&M Rattlers finally got to step back on the field, eager to rebuild a brand of football that is historically one of the best in all of college football. New head coach Earl Holmes was full of intensity as he watched players go through conditioning drills under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Russell Barbarino.
The players, donning practice gear, withstood the blistering sun of Florida as they embarked on their first taste of game preparation with six new coaches. Frequent water breaks were the theme of the day. Coaches couldn’t wait to see what condition the returning players were in, while focusing in on who the personnel would be for the opener against Mississippi Valley State in the MEAC-SWAC Challenge presented by Disney, on Sept.1.
Holmes was pleased with the opportunity to step out of his office and again have the opportunity to coach his players. “Man, it feels good to be out of that office,” Holmes said with his signature smile.
Players will continue with conditioning drills for physical evaluation the rest of this week, before graduating into pads over the weekend.
The season kicks off with the ninth annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge presented by Disney featuring Florida A&M and Mississippi Valley State on Sunday, Sept. 1 in Orlando, Fla.. The game will air live at 11:45 a.m. ET on ESPN. TO purchase tickets, please call the FAMU ticket office at (850)599-3141.