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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. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

FAMU volleyball player competing in Under 20 Women’s Volleyball World Championships

Florida A&M University (FAMU) sophomore outside hitter Nicole Abreu is participating with the Peruvian National Team in the Under 20 Women's Volleyball World Championships in Cordoba, Mexico.

The Peruvian National team will open the Championships on today, Friday against China at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. In the four-team pool with Peru and China, are Poland and defending champion Dominican Republic.

Abreu, a 6-0 outside from Lima, Peru, was 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Rookie of the Year, and was-2nd Team All-MEAC a year ago.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rattlers propel Jacksonville Sharks to top playoff seed

FAMU alumni Peter Tulloch, Damien Fleming and Terry Johnson help propel the Sharks to the playoffs
The Jacksonville Sharks are the hottest team in the area, going undefeated to the last game of the season, where they rested players in preparation for hosting the first round of the National Arena League (NAL) playoffs.  The Sharks lost by a touchdown to the visiting Monterey Steel 44-37, the same team they will face today, June 24 in the first round of the playoffs at Veterans Memorial Arena, the Sharks' home field.

Former Florida A&M University (FAMU) four-year starter, Damien Fleming, has led the Sharks as the team's signal caller.  Fleming is right at home with the Sharks as the Jacksonville native who attended Ribault High School is playing in front of a true home crowd.  Fleming is excited about the opportunity to play in familiar territory.

“It's a blessing to be able to play right here.  To have my high school career at Ribault, college in Tallahassee at FAMU and to be here in Jacksonville with an opportunity to play the game I love, it's just all you could ask for,” Fleming said.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Ten Rattler baseball players make MEAC All-Academic Team

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recently announced the 2017 Baseball All-Academic Selections, honoring 96 student-athletes from the conference's nine baseball institutions. Ten Florida A&M University (FAMU) players made the list.

Director of Athletics Milton Overton Jr.  praised academic success of the baseball players. 

“We bring our athletes here first and foremost for an education,” Overton said.  “We are extremely proud of the job these young men have done in the classroom.  This is a testament to good recruiting from [Head Coach Jamey Shouppe] and his staff and our academic support staff who have made sure the learning environment is conducive to success of our student-athlete.”

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Four FAMU softball players make MEAC All-Academic Team

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) recently the 2017 MEAC Softball All-Academic team, which recognized 90 student-athletes with a 3.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

Four players on the Florida A&M University softball team, which won its fourth consecutive MEAC title this year, made the team.  They were Alexis Day, Whitney Farris, Kenya Pereira, and Tahlia Snider.

FAMU Director of Athletics Milton Overton Jr. said he was pleased with the players who garnered the conference honor.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

FAMU baseball season comes to a close with 7-4 loss to Delaware State

The 2017 baseball season ended for Florida A&M (27-26) on Thursday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium as it dropped an elimination game 7-4 to Delaware State (21-24) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) tournament. The Hornets rallied to score five runs with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, which proved to be the difference.

A day after pounding out 12 runs on 13 hits in route to a run-rule victory against the Hornets, FAMU managed just four runs on five hits in the contest.

The Rattlers took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Dallas Oliver worked a leadoff walk and Garrett Wilkinson singled through the right side before Aubrey McCarty plated Oliver from third with a fielder's choice.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

FAMU falls to #1 UF in first round of NCAA softball tourney

University of Florida Senior Delanie Gourley hurled the No. 1-ranked program's second ever post-season no-hitter in a 9-0 victory over Florida A&M University (FAMU) in the opening round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Gainesville Regional. Gourley also threw the program's first ever no-hitter in the post-season against which was also against Florida A&M back in 2014.

Gourley went 19-4 from the mound while FAMU’s Kenya Pereira was 11-12.

FAMU reached base only once in the game via a full-count walk from Pereira to lead off the third inning. Gourley bounced back to record a pair of strikeouts and ended the frame on a ground out to Jaimie Hoover at third base.

Friday, May 19, 2017

FAMU to face UF in NCAA softball tournament opener

The Florida A&M University Rattlers will open play in the 2017 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Softball Tournament today, Friday against #1 University of Florida, Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Katie Seashole Pressly Stadium in Gainesville, Florida.

This will be the eighth (8th) NCAA regional appearance for FAMU dating back to 1999, and the fourth NCAA set in Gainesville. Overall, this NCAA appearance marks the 11th postseason trip for FAMU since 1995 - the first three being play-in series (1995, 1997, 1998).

Sunday, May 14, 2017

FAMU rallies back to win fourth straight MEAC softball championship

Florida A&M claimed its fourth consecutive MEAC Softball Championship after rallying back to defeat MEAC rival Bethune-Cookman in an emotional 4-2 decision on Sunday afternoon.

After failing to score in the first contest on Sunday, Bethune-Cookman's bats woke up as Kaitlin Alamprese hit a leadoff single in the second frame and moved over to scoring position after a sac bunt from Ieasha Waters. Kailey Richard drove in the game's first run with an RBI double followed by Brianna Sanders' single. Sanders stole second and created havoc for the FAMU defense as a throwing error allowed Richard to score from third and claim a 2-0 lead.

The FAMU dugout and crowd woke from its slumber in the third as Miesha McBride drew a leadoff walk and was pinch ran by Shakay Nixon. Nixon moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on Whitney Farris' grounder. For the second straight game, freshman Jamesia Stoudemire came up huge with an RBI double to cut the deficit in half. Tashay Irvis answered with a single and with runners on the corner, a catcher's interference on Amber Fullwood's at-bat loaded the bases and upped the pressure immensely for both teams.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

FAMU, Tennessee State to face off in Tampa Classic

Florida A&M University (FAMU), Tennessee State University (TSU) and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission gathered to formally announce the FAMU Tampa Football Classic which will be held on Saturday, September 16 at 6 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium. The Historically Black College and University (HBCU) classic football game will be a true clash of the titans, featuring two of college football's storied programs.

"We are extremely excited to return to the Bay Area with the Tampa Classic at Raymond James Stadium and look to continue our long-standing tradition of successful classic games through collaboration with our partners in the City of Tampa,” said FAMU Athletic Director Milton Overton. “Our matchup against Tennessee State will prove to be an exciting contest reminiscent of legendary matchups between coaches Jake Gaither and John Merritt.”