NewsFlorida A&M To Play In NCAA Football Season In Week Zero

Florida A&M To Play In NCAA Football Season In Week Zero

Week Zero marks the kickoff of the college football season in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision.

Week Zero marks the kickoff of the college football season in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision, featuring a limited number of games to start the regular season. It occurs one week prior to the widespread commencement of games in “Week 1.”

Florida A&M, as The Tallahassee Democrat reports, has been busy loading its roster with transfer talent built through the NCAA transfer portal. James Colzie III, who is replacing Willie Simmons after the latter departed to be a running backs coach at Duke University under Manny Diaz, has been emphasizing that this is a reload, not a rebuild.

To his point, the Rattlers have been busy during the transfer window, bringing in a platoon of players from FBS programs like Florida, North Carolina, and the resurgent University of South Florida. Many of the players, like quarterback Daniel Richardson and wide receiver Amani Johnson, also played their high school football in Florida, so the move represents a chance for the players to return to the Sunshine State. 

Colzie told reporters following FAMU’s spring football game that he loves coming to work everyday, and that he wants to remain at the university as long as they want him there. “This is one of the top jobs in the country, and I love coming to work every day. The expectation is to win and ensure the product is great on the field. Making sure we’re graduating our players and those guys are properly representing the university all the time. People ask me how long I will be here. It’s up to how long FAMU wants me here.”

Colzie, meanwhile, believes his squad will get every team’s best shot, which includes the tilt against Norfolk State University to open the season, in a primetime time slot. 

“The pressure is not just on the quarterbacks and the defense. The pressure is on me as well. What keeps me motivated? I understand this job is a high-profile job. If you got to see the ring we received, it’ll show you how much support we have from the university.“

Colzie continued, “As a champion, you wake up like that every single day. The only people that are going to make us not be champions is going to be us. We got to be able to put it together. Great job, great players, great people that I’m surrounded by every single day, and a great opportunity to be the 19th head football coach here at Florida A&M.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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