Sunday, August 28, 2016

FVSU Kevin Porter looking for competitive spirit

FORT VALLEY, Georgia -- After a seven-year stint under Donald Pittman ended in March, the Fort Valley State football program will have a new face on the sidelines this season: former NFL All-Rookie team safety Kevin Porter.

The Wildcats finished 5-4 last season after losing their regular-season finale, a win that would have propelled the team into the SIAC championship game.

But Porter didn’t talk about tangible benchmarks, like reaching a conference championship, for his first year. He said the goal for the Wildcats simply will be to be competitive.

“Everyone wants to get out and be competitive every week, and that’s what we want to do,” he said. “We want to get our program to where we can compete at the highest level in Division II, and it’s going to require a tremendous amount of effort from our staff, our university and our football players. But ultimately, that’s what we’re looking for.”

Reaching that level of competitiveness will be more challenging for Fort Valley State because of the program’s current amount of scholarships. Division II programs can have up to 36 scholarships. Right now, Fort Valley State has around nine.


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