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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Too, Kiplagat earn MEAC Cross Country Runner of the Week Awards

Florida A&M sophomore David Too was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the second consecutive week. Florida A&M sophomore Emmax Kiplagat was named Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week.

Too (So., Eldoret, Kenya) eclipsed his own MEAC-best time in 8K this past weekend, taking gold at the South Carolina State Invitational after running a personal-best and course-record 23:47.50. He is the first MEAC runner to break the 24-minute mark this season, clearing his previous best by nearly 30 seconds and helping the Rattlers place first among 10 teams.

Kiplagat (So., Eldoret, Kenya) also won gold in the South Carolina State Invitational, completing the 5K course in 18:22.90. Her time also allowed the Rattlers to finish first among 16 teams in the field, and Kiplagat had nearly 20 seconds on the next-closest finisher.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Herrera named MEAC Volleyball Rookie of the Week for second time this season

Yesterday, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference named Florida A&M freshman Candelaria Herrera its Volleyball Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.

Herrera (6-1, Fr., MB, San Juan, Argentina) hit .617 for the weekend, helping the Rattlers to a pair of straight-set victories in conference play. She had 12 kills (and just one error) against North Carolina Central, hitting .786 for the match and adding two service aces, before adding 13 kills, two total blocks and an ace against North Carolina A&T State. In that match, Herrera committed just three errors and hit .500.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Aggies spoil Rattler Homecoming, 31-20

The unbeaten North Carolina A&T Aggies rode a 21-point second period surge to a 31-20 win over the Florida A&M Rattlers at Homecoming in Bragg Memorial Stadium here Saturday afternoon.

A near-sellout crowd of 25,067 fans packed the venerable stadium for the 130th Homecoming at FAMU, and early on, it looked like the Rattlers (2-5, 1-3 MEAC) would more than compete against the Aggies (7-0,, 4-0 MEAC), as the two clubs played to a 7-7 draw after the first period.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Too named MEAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week

Florida A&M sophomore David Too was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week, the conference office announced on October 11.

Too (Jr., Eldoret, Kenya) won individual gold at the Florida State Invitational this past weekend, setting a Florida State course and Florida A&M program record by running a 24:15.60 over the 8K course. That time is the fastest in the MEAC, and Too bettered his conference-best time by 36 seconds.

His effort helped the Rattlers finish second in the 18-team field.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Mistake prone Rattlers fall to Norfolk State in 35-28 loss

Head Coach Alex Wood and his football team continued to be in Christmas mood as they gifted the Norfolk State Spartans a 35-28 win yesterday afternoon at Dick Price Stadium.

FAMU (2-4, 1-2 MEAC) outgained the home club in total yards, 485-243, but five turnovers (four lost fumbles, one interception), combined with 16 penalties for 145 yards, proved to be the seeds to the Rattlers demise.

Norfolk State (2-3, 2-0 MEAC) won their first series victory at home against FAMU Saturday, riding two fumble returns to edge the Rattlers, along with forcing the five fatal miscues which cost the visitors dearly.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Herrera named MEAC Volleyball Rookie of the Week

Florida A&M University freshman Candelaria Herrera was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic
Conference Volleyball Rookie of the Week.

Herrera (6-1, Fr., MB, San Juan, Argentina) was key in Florida A&M’s home win over North Florida this past Tuesday, racking up 13 kills (on a .455 hitting percentage) to go along with four total blocks, three service aces and three digs. In fact, Herrera clinched the match with an ace on match point, giving the Rattlers the five-set victory.

Friday, September 29, 2017

NCCU extends MEAC winning streak to 17 with victory over FAMU

The North Carolina Central University Eagles secured their 17th consecutive conference victory with a late touchdown for a 21-14 win against fellow MEAC contender Florida A&M University on Thursday night in Tallahassee, Florida. This was the second NCCU's second straight nationally-televised game on ESPNU.

NCCU (3-1, 2-0 MEAC) collected 130 rushing yards in the game and held Florida A&M to only 73 yards on the ground. NCCU also had a total of 110 passing yards, while the Rattlers posted 185 yards through the air.

FAMU (2-3, 1-1 MEAC) received a standout defensive effort from defensive lineman Elijah Price with six tackles, including 3.5 hits for a loss and 2.0 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Rattlers quarterback Ryan Stanley was successful on 19-of-33 passes for 182 yards.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

FAMU wins MEAC opener against SSU, 20-14

Savannah State fell 4 yards and an extra point short in a 20-14 loss to Florida A&M in both teams' Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opener Saturday night at T.A. Wright Stadium.

On fourth-and-goal from FAMU's 4-yard line, SSU quarterback D'Vonn Gibbons' pass to Derek Kirkland in the end zone fell incomplete and the Rattlers (2-2, 1-0 MEAC) took over on downs with 4.2 seconds to play and snapped a two-game losing streak.

FAMU quarterback Ryan Stanley connected with Chad Hunter twice for two touchdowns. Running back Tevin Spells also reached the endzone on a six-yard run. Kicker Khalil Clark went two for three in extra point attempts.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Carrasco receives MEAC Defensive Specialist of the Week honor for second time this season

Earlier this week, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named Florida A&M junior Valentina Carrasco its Volleyball Defensive Specialist of the Week for the second time this season.

Carrasco (5-6, Jr., L, Lima, Peru) averaged 6.7 digs per set this past weekend, earning All-Tournament honors in the Florida Invitational. She racked up 34 digs in a four-set win over Northern Kentucky on Saturday, and she added 23 digs against Lipscomb.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

FAMU volleyball team wins 2017 home opener

Maria Garcia led FAMU in kills
The FAMU volleyball team opened its 2017 home schedule Tuesday evening at the Al Lawson Center with a hard-fought 3-2 win over the University of North Florida.

FAMU (3-8), rallied from 24-22 down to win each of the first two sets, 26-24, before the visiting Ospreys (6-8), bounced back to win the third set, 25-20, and the fourth set, 26-24, setting the stage for the dramatic fifth set.

The Lady Rattlers got ahead early in that final frame, 5-1, but a pair of service errors, let UNF remain in contention, as the score remained close until FAMU was able to nudge ahead, 14-12 on an Osprey service error.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tigers claw Rattlers 24-13 in Tampa Classic

The Tennessee State as the Tigers defeated the Rattlers 24-13 in the inaugural FAMU Tampa Classic in front of over 17,000 fans at Raymond James Stadium. The defense, which had early indicators of being the strength of the Rattlers, gave up 514 yards to the Tigers who used a balanced attack to keep the team from honing in on a defensive solution.

The Rattlers had just 262 yards of total offense, their lowest FCS output of the year. After nearly a week of interrupted practice due to Hurricane Irma, which followed a bye week, the Rattlers did not pick up where they left off with an admirable performance against the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Adding to the issues of the Rattlers was their performance on special teams. With blocked kicks and miscues, the Rattlers gave away momentum with out-of-sync efforts on special teams.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Carrasco named MEAC Volleyball Defensive Specialist of the Week

Earlier this week, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named Florida A&M junior Valentina Carrasco its Volleyball Defensive Specialist of the Week.

Carrasco (5-6, Jr., L, Lima, Peru) averaged 6.1 digs per set, totaling 104 over the course of four matches in a tournament at Ole Miss. The Preseason All-MEAC selection racked up a weekend-high 40 digs against Louisiana Tech to open the season and she added 24 digs against North Dakota. Carrasco also had 18 digs in Sunday’s tournament finale against the host Rebels.

Friday, September 01, 2017

Arkansas hands FAMU first loss of season, 49-7

The Rattlers took their first loss of the season on the road Thursday against the University of Arkansas in War Memorial Stadium. The Razorbacks (1-0) rolled to victory, 49-7.

Florida A&M (1-1) put six on the board in the fourth quarter when Vince Jeffries connected with Brandon Norwood for a seven yard pass. A kick by Yahia Aly added the extra point.

FAMU Head Coach Alex Wood, a former Razorbacks assistant coach, said his squad put up a tough fight against its Southeastern Conference opponent.

“Obviously we are disappointed,” Wood said in an interview published by Whole Hog Sports. “This is not the outcome that we traveled here for, obviously. But I thought our kids played hard. We didn’t generate enough offense to make this more competitive.”

Sunday, August 27, 2017

FAMU defeats TSU 29-7 in season opener

QB Ryan Stanley runs in a touchdown for FAMU's first score
The Florida A&M Rattlers jumped out to a 29-0 advantage versus the Texas Southern Tigers in what was the season opener for both schools in the Jake Gaither Classic hosted at Bragg Stadium.

The Rattlers never looked back from there as they went on to claim a 29-7 victory over visiting TSU in front of a crowd of 15,401 spectators.

"I think we have to do a better job of coaching," said TSU Head Coach Micheal Haywood. "Everything can be corrected and we can do a better job moving forward."

Florida A&M took a 7-0 lead at the 2:53 mark of the first quarter on a nine yard Ryan Stanley touchdown run capping off a nine play 74 yard scoring drive in which they took 4:45 minutes off the game clock.

Friday, August 11, 2017

15 FAMU student-athletes cross stage during Summer 2017 commencement

Commencement is a time for celebrating the academic achievements of all of the students of an institution. It is even more remarkable for student-athletes to stand out as competition in this arena is fierce. By far, the biggest ovation came during FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson’s comments on exceptional grads at the beginning of Summer Commencement 2017.

He commended six young ladies for an exceptional four year career at Florida A&M. Denise Anderson, Whitney Farris, Amber Fullwood, Tashayla Irvis, Miesha Mcbride and Kenya Pereira are the former softball players who were commended to a roaring ovation of the thousands in attendance. These sensational six ladies led a star-studded roster of student-athletes who attained their ultimate victory: a degree from Florida A&M University. 

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

FAMU women’s cross country team achieves perfect NCAA APR score

The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) recently recognized the Florida A&M Women’s Cross Country team for excellence in its Academic Progress Rate (APR) for the 2015-16 academic school year in NCAA Division I.

The Lady Rattlers scored a perfect 1,000 on the academic measurement rubric that takes into account student-athletes making satisfactory progress toward graduation.  Head Coach Darlene Moore places an emphasis on academics, beginning with the recruiting process. Moore’s team had a combined GPA of 3.10.  That came on the heels of the team making history with its fifth consecutive MEAC Cross Country championship.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Norwood leads FAMU squad of nine on All-MEAC List

FAMU wide receiver Brandon Norwood was chosen for the All-MEAC Preseason First Team
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference released its 2017 Preseason All-Star Football Team here Friday, and nine (9) FAMU student-athletes were named among the selected performers announced at the annual Football Media Luncheon at the Marriott Waterside Hotel.

Heading the list of Rattler All-Stars was senior wide receiver Brandon Norwood of Atlanta, Georgia, who was named to the All-MEAC First Team. Norwood had a team-high 51 catches for 458 yards and four touchdowns a year ago.

Second Team selections included offensive linemen Osman Aguilera and Loubens Polinice, along with defensive backs Orlando McKinley and Terry Jefferson, who each had four pass interceptions in 2016.

Third Team selections from FAMU were quarterback Ryan Stanley, tight end Desmond Noird, offensive tackle Obinna Nwanko and defensive end Elijah Price.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Rattlers kick off week No. 2 with mixed practice

The Florida A&M Rattlers began their second full week of practice with drills on the football practice fields.  The spirited practice saw an even number of solid plays from the offense as well as the defense.  Additionally, Head Coach Alex Wood used a variety of different players in different situations as game situations were simulated. 

Ryan Stanley started out red hot completing five consecutive passes on the opening drive of full team drills.  Vincent Jeffries also showed the ability to move the offense during the 11-on-11 segment.  Tahj Tolbert took snaps with a variety of personnel as the offense mixed units throughout practice.

Wood said the practices were designed to integrate personnel.