Tuesday, August 2, 2016

In year two under Latrell Scott, Norfolk State looks to take big step forward

NORFOLK, Virginia — As with every time a new coach arrives, there was an adjustment period. A different staff brings a different philosophy, and cohesion doesn’t come overnight.

But when preseason practice begins Friday, Norfolk State will be in year two of the Latrell Scott Era. The Spartans will have a returning quarterback for the first time since 2011, nine starters back from a defense that was solid by the end of the season and a positive outlook.

“Of course a MEAC championship,” quarterback Greg Hankerson Jr. said of the team’s expectations. “We’ve been working extremely hard, and I can see the progression through all the players.

“Everybody’s been competing against each other, with each other, pushing each other to be better. I feel this season will be good for us.”

Scott isn’t predicting a berth in the Celebration Bowl, which goes to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion, but he clearly expects better than the 4-7 record NSU had in 2015.


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