July 23, 2004
Atlanta - With only five seniors having graduated from last year's Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship team, Albany State has their sights on repeating this year.
And the rest of the conference coaches agree that the Golden Rams are the team to beat in the race for the SIAC conference title this fall.
The SIAC coaches meeting at Stone Mountain for the league's annual media day selections on Friday where the coaches have painted the preseason bullseye on Albany State to win a second straight conference championship.
The Golden Rams, who went on to beat Fayetteville State in the Pioneer Bowl, are picked to win the SIAC title over Tuskegee and Fort Valley State who are picked to finish second and third.
Miles, Benedict, Morehouse, Kentucky State, Lane College and Clark Atlanta were picked to finish fourth through ninth in the standings.
One of the reasons why Albany State is so highly thought of by the SIAC coaches is the fact that 17 Golden Ram players are either first or second team pre-season all-conference picks.
Quarterback Uyl Joyner and senior defensive end Walter Curry are two of seven Albany State players to earn first team honors. The others are cornerback Jermaine Collins, safety William Felton, tight end Edward Harper and linemen Rodney Magwood and Ronald Simmons.
Making the second team preseason all-SIAC team are running back Antonio Atkins, wide receiver Alvin Jackson, cornerback Demetrie McCary, linebacker James Harris, linemen Byron Doomes and Brandon Crawley.
Placekicker Adrian Arango and return specialist Dontreal Williams were also second team preseason all-conference selections.
Albany State will begin their bid for a second straight SIAC title when they open the season against conference rival Miles on August 28th.
It will be the first game for the Golden Rams in the Albany Municipal Coliseum located on the Albany State campus.
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