Thursday, August 4, 2016

Scott “cautiously optimistic” as Norfolk State gets started

NORFOLK, Virginia -- As Norfolk State opens fall camp today, second-year coach Latrell Scott feels good about at least one thing.

With a season under his belt, Scott has a pretty good idea of what he’s got.

The Spartans went 4-7 overall and 4-4 in the MEAC in Scott’s first season after coming from Virginia State, where he won two CIAA regular-season titles in two seasons.

The Richmond native hopes to turn the corner toward similar success at NSU, which hasn’t won a MEAC title since 2011. That title was stripped by the NCAA in June after retroactive eligibility issues were discovered.

Winning another one is a top priority as practice begins.

“I’m cautiously optimistic,” Scott, 41, said. “Obviously, we’ve still got to play a tough schedule. But I think in Year 2, we know a little bit more about who we are and where we are and what we need to do to be more competitive.”

For the first time in recent memory, the Spartans will open camp with a steady presence at quarterback. Senior Greg Hankerson, who transferred from Florida Atlantic, passed for 2,052 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, his first at NSU.


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