Courtesy: Florida A&M
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –– Florida A&M football is having its finest season since getting into the 2000s, and a big half is because of Head Coach Willie Simmons on the helm. Coach Simmons continues to have extra accolades as he’s named an Eddie Robinson Award Finalist for the FCS Nationwide Coach of the 12 months.
Beneath Simmons’ management this season, Florida A&M football completed the common season with its highest nationwide rating since 1998 at 5 and had their first ten-win season since 1999. Additionally, FAMU possesses the nation’s number-one whole protection. The FAMU protection additionally completed the season ranked top-19 in 11 classes.
Defensive Rankings (Prime-19)
• nineteenth – Passing Yards Allowed
• sixteenth – 1st Down Protection
• eighth – Pink Zone Protection
• sixth – Sacks
• 4th – Defensive Touchdowns
• third – Passing Effectivity Protection
• 2nd – third Down Protection
• 2nd – Dashing Protection
• 2 – Scoring Protection
• 1st – Tackles for Loss
• 1st – Whole Protection
The Rattlers additionally ranked top-30 in different statistical classes, together with punt return protection (thirtieth), kickoff return protection (twenty eighth), scoring offense (twenty seventh), passing yards per completion (twenty seventh), passes intercepted (twenty sixth), time of possession (twenty sixth), sacks allowed (twenty fifth), blocked punts (18th), and punt returns (14th).
Florida A&M football continued to make historical past this season after going 8-0 within the SWAC and successful their first SWAC East Championship. FAMU will host its first-ever SWAC Championship Recreation on December 2 versus Prairie View A&M. Since becoming a member of the SWAC, they’ve possessed the very best convention file with a 22-2 file in three seasons. The Rattlers additionally possess the nation’s second-longest successful streak (9 video games), dwelling recreation successful streak (19 video games), and convention recreation successful streak (15 video games).
Earlier HBCU coaches to win the award embrace Dr. Henry Frazier (Prairie View) and Deion Sanders (Jackson State). The whole checklist of finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award could be discovered right here.