Friday, July 22, 2016

Alcorn State on mission to threepeat

LORMAN, Mississippi -- Pursuing its third straight SWAC championship, the Alcorn State Braves go into preseason camp with a new head coach and 13 returning starters.

Former Alcorn quarterback Fred McNair was promoted from assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach to head coach following Jay Hopson's departure for Southern Mississippi. Hopson didn't leave Fred McNair, the older brother of Alcorn legendary QB Steve McNair, with a bare cupboard.

Five starters returns from an offense which was third in the SWAC in scoring (39.6 points per game), first in rushing (293.4 yards per game), ninth in passing (162.8 ypg) and second in total offense (456 ypg).

Pressed into service as a sophomore, Lenorris Footman proved to a more-than-adequate replacement for the injured John Gibbs Jr. Appearing in 11 games, the Monticello, Florida product product threw for 1,106 yards with 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions.Fitting into the offense seamlessly, The dual threat Footman averaged a stellar 7.4 yards per carry while finishing second on the team in rushing with 1,023 yards and 11 TDs. McNair would like to see Footman improve upon his 43.5 completion percentage, but that should come with experience.


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