TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Florida A&M Developmental Research School historically has had a good football program. They won a State Championship back in 2006, but after losing close to a dozen seniors off last years team, they'll have work to do to make a deep run this season.
Head Coach Ira Reynolds said he has a "good mixture" of kids coming back, both returners and newcomers. He added the numbers this year are small, so to have success, they will have to stay healthy.
For the first time in several years, FAMU will have some more competition in district play, as Maclay joins the Baby Rattlers and North Florida Christian in Class 2A District 1, but Reynolds said his biggest concern right now is playing Rattler football.
"This year, we're going to go back to our foundation, we're going to teach from A-Z," said Reynolds. "We're not going to jump to J before we get to it. The thing we instill in our guys is get better every week, no matter who we are playing. If you execute, you can have pretty good results. Maclay joined in our district, they're a good team, but our goal is to win our district and head on through the playoffs."
FAMU has to get used to the road this season, as including their preseason match-up at Hamilton County, they have seven away games.