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Alabama A&M Preps for Spring Game
There will be plenty of work to do when Alabama A&M reports for fall camp in August, but the Bulldogs will try to have some fun today as they wrap up spring practice with the annual Maroon and White Game at Louis Crews Stadium.
Kickoff is 2 p.m. and admission is free.
“Hopefully, we can go out and light it up,” said quarterback Kevin Atkins. “We don’t have all of our guys, but we’ve got some weapons and we’re going to go out and try to have some fun.”
The Bulldogs are without three potential starters along the line and receiver Rashad Johnson is out after breaking his arm. Despite that, receivers Thomas Harris and Nate Baxter and running backs Ulysses Banks and Tony Green have been impressive.
“Banks has had a good spring,” running backs coach Errol Jones said. “He looks like he did two years ago when he was first-team All-SWAC.”
The addition of fullback Dash Buntjer and tailback Ronald Young, both junior- college transfers, should bolster a ground game that was stuck in neutral a year ago, particularly in short-yardage situations and in the red zone.
“Bringing in those two guys can only help us,” Atkins said. “Hopefully we’ll be able to pound the ball where last year we had to throw the football.”
The emergence of inside linebackers Willie Fuller, Lewis Graham and Markeith Cliatt has eased the concerns of coordinator Brawnski Towns, along with the play of transfer Abraham Felton, who is competing for a starting job at outside linebacker.
Cornerbacks Korey Morrison and L.C. Morris along with free safety Rico Porch have been solid.
“Our guys have worked extremely hard this spring,” A&M coach Anthony Jones said. “We’ve improved in a number of areas, but we still have a lot of work to do. There’s going to be some opportunities for some guys to show what they can do during training camp.”
With 15 players out this spring due to injuries, Jones said he plans to script the game.
A&M preps for spring game
By Reggie Benson, The Huntsville Times (AL)