Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Florida A&M taking Tuskegee seriously

MOBILE, Alabama -- This is not how Alex Wood wanted to begin his second season at Florida A&M.

In their 0-2 start, the Rattlers have been outscored 119-13 in losses at Miami (Fla.) and Coastal Carolina.

“We were disappointed with the losses for sure, but just like wins, losses, you’ve got to shake it off and move forward,” said Wood, who was an interim head coach at FBS school Buffalo in 2014. “We all understand that there’s a lot of football to be played. We’ll get a chance to demonstrate what kind of team that we are.”

Florida A&M isn’t facing an FBS or FCS school this week, but Wood is making sure the Rattlers don’t sleep on Tuskegee for Saturday’s Fifth Quarter Classic in Mobile. Ranked 13th in the latest AFCA NCAA Division II poll, the Golden Tigers (2-0) are coming off a 28-18 win over Albany State.

“That’s an easy answer,” said Wood when asked how he will prevent his team from overlooking Tuskegee because it’s D-II. “One, we’re 0-2. Just show them the film on the two games we just lost. And then throw Tuskegee on and that should just set the tone. Just throw the tape on and watch them and you’ll understand that they’re not any different than we are to be honest.”


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