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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fleming named MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) named FAMU quarterback Damien Fleming Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday. He shares the honor with Norfolk State wide receiver Isaac White.

Fleming (QB, 6-3, 210, Sr., Jacksonville, Fla.) connected on 16 of 23 passes (70.0%) for 164 yards with two touchdowns in a 31-28 victory over Howard.  He also rushed for 38 yards on 12 attempts with another two TDs in the win.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FAMU spoils Howard’s homecoming, 31-28

FAMU spoiled the Howard University homecoming and kept the Bison winless in the conference with a 31-28 victory on Saturday. The Rattlers (2-5, 2-1 MEAC) captured their second straight win, which kept them in the crowded Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title race.

The Bison (1-7, 0-4 MEAC) , who were held to a season-low one yard of total offense in the first half, got 399 yards of total offense from quarterback Greg McGhee in the second half. He rushed for a game-high 141 yards on 20 carries and connected on 22 of 31 for 258 yards and three TDs.

Quarterback Damien Fleming led the Rattlers’ offensive attack, rushing for 65 yards and two TDs while also passing for 16 of 23 for 164 yards and two TDs.

“You have to take your hat off to FAMU,” said Howard Head Coach Gary Harrell. “They came in with a good game plan and schemes and came out with the win.”

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Rattlers end skid with 24-14 win over Savannah State

Damien Fleming catches a touchdown pass
FAMU (1-5, 1-1 in MEAC) snapped a seven-game losing skid in Bragg Memorial Stadium and picked up its first win of the season with a 24-14 victory over Savannah State.

Savannah State (0-6, 0-3 in MEAC) scored on its second possession of the contest and kicked an extra point to take an early 7-0 lead. It was the first time all season that SSU led in a game.

FAMU scored touchdowns on its next two series to grab a 14-7 advantage. The Rattlers later scored a third touchdown with six seconds left in the second quarter top increase their lead to 21-7.

Neither team scored in the third quarter.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

FAMU, Savannah State to go head-to-head in “battle of winless teams”

Shaun Ward makes a tackle during FAMU’s 2013 matchup against SSU
Today, either FAMU or Savannah State will snap its 0-5 losing streak this season.

Last year, FAMU Head Football Coach Earl Holmes picked up his first conference win of the year with a 27-13 triumph against SSU on the road. If he and the Rattler gridders pull out a victory today in Tallahassee, it will also break the painful string of seven consecutive losses in Bragg Memorial Stadium since 2012.

From the Savannah Morning News article, “SSU, FAMU meet in a battle of winless teams”:

Savannah State’s losing streak has reached 14 straight games, including five this season, but the Tigers have a shot to stop the bleeding today.

SSU visits the equally winless Florida A&M Rattlers, who have lost five straight games.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Soriano receives third consecutive MEAC Rookie of the Week honor

Pamela Soriano has received the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s Rookie of the Week honor. This marks the third straight week Soriano was tabbed the league’s top first-year player.

Soriano, a 5-10 freshman outside hitter from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) totaled 36 kills, 10 digs, and two aces to help FAMU defeat North Carolina A&T and Savannah State. She had a season-high 21 kills in a 3-0 victory against Savannah State.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Chase Varnadore named MEAC Special Teams Player of the Week

FAMU kicker Chase Varnadore was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Special Teams Player of the Week for Saturday, Oct. 4, after kicking three field goals, including a school-record 53 yarder against Morgan State.

The 5-11, 170-pound senior from Tallahassee's Florida High, was three-for-three on field goal tries, making good on kicks of 47, 25 and 53 yards, the last kick surpassing the nearly 40-year old mark of former NFL punter Greg Coleman, who booted a 52-yard fielder against Kentucky State for FAMU in 1975.

Varandore is a two-time All-MEAC selection and was a 2012 All-American.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Rattlers drop 7th straight home loss dating back to 2012 to Morgan State, 24-9

Earl Holme's Rattlers dropped their seventh straight home loss, dating back to 2012, Saturday afternoon to the visiting Morgan State Bears 24-9.  With the victory, the Bears picked up their first win in Tallahassee since defeating the Rattlers 13-10 on Nov. 1, 2008.

FAMU (0-5, 0-1) finished with 144 yards rushing.  Senior quarterback Damien Fleming threw for 117 yards (14-of-23). He was also sacked six times and was intercepted twice by Morgan State’s junior cornerback Delonte Hall.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Soriano earns second consecutive Rookie of the Week nod

FAMU volleyball’s Pamela Soriano has earned her second consecutive Rookie of the Week honor from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Soriano (r-Fr., OH, 5-10, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) logged 16 kills and seven assists with a .500 hitting percentage against South Carolina State. She also registered 12 kills and eight digs in a 3-0 win against Savannah State, helping FAMU finish a perfect 2-0 week. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Rattlers remain winless with 27-7 loss to TSU

The FAMU Rattlers (0-4, 0-0 MEAC) were unable to overcome their own mistakes as they dropped their fourth straight game of the season to the Tennessee State Tigers (4-1, 1-0 OVC) enroute to a 27-7 loss at LP Field. That makes seven consecutive losses since 2013.

“We knew going into the season that the first four games were against tough opponents, including two teams who made it to the FCS playoffs last season.  We felt the goal was to not complain, but play the opponents we had scheduled.  We have several areas we need to improve, but the good thing about it is we have eight conference games in front of us.  We’ve got to look at the film and make our adjustments and prepare for Morgan State,” Head Coach Earl Holmes said.

The TSU (4-1, 1-0 OVC) defense scored two touchdowns in the contest and held the Rattlers (0-4) to 224 total yards. The unit also notched 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Effiey Kosgei named MEAC Athlete of the Week

FAMU junior Effiey Kosgei earned the Female Cross Country Performer of the Week honors, the conference announced on Wednesday.

Kosgei (Jr., Eldoret, Kenya) recorded the MEAC’s fastest time of 18:02.03 in the 5K this season at the Mountain Dew Invitational, which is also a personal best. She previously played a leading role in the team’s back-to-back conference championships in 2012 and 2013.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Yeisha Arcia earns MEAC Player of the Week honors

FAMU junior Yeisha Arcia was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Volleyball Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.

Arcia (Jr., San Juan, Puerto Rico) averaged a double-double of 14 kills and 18 digs in matches against Auburn, Northwestern State, and Jacksonville State. She recorded 21 digs and 17 kills in a 3-1 win against Northwestern State.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Coastal Carolina sours FAMU's home opener, 48-3

FAMU’s much-anticipated 2014 home opening football game proved a heartbreaking disappointment on Saturday, as the Rattlers fell to nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina University (CCU), 48-3 at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

FAMU (0-3) took the opening kickoff 49 yards in eight plays before senior Chase Varnadore booted a 42-yard field goal to stake his club to a 3-0 lead with 11:20 left in the first quarter. But the fifth-ranked (FCS) Chanticleers of Coastal Carolina (4-0) showed why they have been riding high in the national polls, taking the ensuing kickoff 65 yards in just five plays, capped by a 25-yard scoring strike from Alex Ross to John Israel for a 7-3 lead with 9:00 left.  

De’Angelo Henderson extended the CCU lead to 14-3 on his 13-yard run which came shortly after a blocked punt with 2:58 left in the quarter, before Calvin Hollenhorst scooped a Damien Fleming fumble and ran in from four yards out for a 21-3 Coastal lead at the end of the first period.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FAMU golf team back after Green succeeds in raising $30,000

The FAMU golf team is back for the 2014-2015 school thanks to the success of a $30,000 fundraising drive led by its coach, Marvin Green.

Green, who also serves as FAMU’s director of student activities, jumped to action after budget cuts led the FAMU Department of Athletics to suspend the golf program in June. He said he wanted to keep the team alive for the benefit of the student-athletes.

“This is what most of these guys have been doing since they were 8, 9 years old; playing golf,” Green said in a quote published by the Tallahassee Democrat. “They've worked hard to get offered a scholarship. They chose FAMU, obviously because of that ability to compete and get a good education.”

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Rattlers fight hard in 41-7 loss to Hurricanes

FAMU staged a feisty effort Saturday night in its loss to the University of Miami, 41-7 at Sun Life Stadium.

The Hurricanes built an early 28-0 lead, but the Rattler defense snuffed out Miami’s second drive thanks to freshman defensive back Darren Parker’s end zone interception.

Junior defensive back John Boston put the Rattlers on the board in the inside the final minute of the half. He pounced on a fumble in the end zone, chased the ball after a bad snap sent to ball towards the Hurricane’s end zone.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Rattlers fall to JSU in final seconds, 22-17

Running back Gerald Hearns, who rushed for 56 yards on 16 carries
Video of the final play: here

Jackson State’s DeSean McKenzie hauled in the winning touchdown in the final seconds to lift the Tigers to a 22-17 win over FAMU in the season opener for both teams Saturday night.

The 49-yard TD pass spoiled what would have been a fourth quarter comeback win for the Rattlers, which retook the lead with just 46 seconds to remaining in the game.  

The Rattlers gave up 439 in total yards to Jackson Saturday, but limited them to field goals when the Tigers got into the red zone on three different occasions.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Admasen Felix ready to lead 2014 receiving corps


With the first kick-off of the Rattler football season approaching, Admasen Felix is ready for his new leadership role on the receiving corps.

Head Football Coach Earl Holmes believes that if the Rattler offense is to shake its woes from last season, Felix will be an integral part of the progression. 

“He’s a senior and he has been consistent throughout his time here. He was hampered by injury last season, but as I told him, now is the time to turn it on and turn it up,” Holmes said.

Felix is a leader on and off the field. His academics earned him the Tri-Eagle Sales Charlie Brown Award two seasons ago.  It was an award given to a student-athlete who excelled on the field, had good academic standing, but was not on scholarship.  He is a soft-spoken person, but he can be a potent weapon in Quinn Gray’s offense.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Two FAMU volleyball players named preseason All-MEAC

Ginna Lopez Chavez (left) enters the court with her teammates.
Two FAMU Lady Rattler Volleyball players were named to the 2014 Preseason All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) team, voted on by the league's coaches and sports information directors, announced on Thursday afternoon.

FAMU sophomore middle blocker Ginna Lopez-Chavez, who averaged 2.95 kills per set; 0.57 digs per set, and 0.98 blocks per set last season, joins senior teammate Joanie Del Castillo, a libero / defensive specialist, who averaged 4.67 digs per set; 0.34 assists per set; and 0.18 aces per set in 2013.

Both players, who hail from Lima, Peru, are set to lead the Lady Rattlers (15-8 overall, 10-0 in MEAC a year ago), picked to repeat once again as MEAC Southern Division champions.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fleming looks ahead and puts 2013 behind him

Damien Fleming knows what it’s like to be on top of his game.  The senior quarterback has won MVP awards for the Atlanta Football Classic, MEAC/SWAC Challenge, Prince Hall Shriners Diabetes Classic and the Florida Classic. But, near the end of last season, it all flashed in front of his eyes as a season-ending foot injury sidelined him for the rest of the season and most of Spring practice this year.

As a true freshman, he played in nine games, and won the starting position a third of the way in, throwing for 1,622 yards.  His dual threat on the ground made him one of the most feared quarterbacks in the conference.  As a sophomore, Fleming passed at 70-percent accuracy, totaling 2,157 yards.  His status as a star in the league became obvious as he sliced through defenses and made a name for himself.

Last season, a new offense and new scheme led to frustration as Fleming and the Rattler offense struggled to grasp the system. Connecting on the field was a major issue as the receivers were plagued with dropped passes. Fleming, was selected prior to the season as the MEAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year. He was captain of the team and ready to have an excellent season, when the struggles hampered his progress.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Florida Classic to air live on ESPN Classic, ESPN3

Fans who are unable to attend the Florida Blue Florida Classic in Orlando will have a chance to watch it on cable and online.

The clash between FAMU and its in-state arch-rival Bethune-Cookman will air live Saturday, November 22 at 2 p.m. on ESPN Classic and ESPN3.  The game will re-air on ESPNU during a time slot to be determined and announced at a later time.

The classic, and all of the other 2014 football games scheduled to be broadcast as part of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s partnership with ESPN, will also be available for viewing on computers, smartphones, tablets, Xbox and Apple TV via the WatchESPN application.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Rattlers passed over for preseason first team honors

No FAMU football players were named to the All-MEAC preseason first team squad during the MEAC Football Media Luncheon.  The  conferences preseason team were selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors.

Six Rattlers were name to the conference's second and third teams.  Sophomore guard Keonte Cash (Miami, Florida), senior defensive back Devontae “Terry” Johnson (Tallahassee, Florida), redshirt sophomore Patrick Aiken (Pembroke Pines, Florida) and senior kicker Chase Varnadore (Tallahassee, Florida) were each named to the second team.

Senior quarterback Damien Fleming (Jacksonville, Florida) and senior offensive lineman Ryan Templeton (Chicago, Illinois) were named to the third team.