November 16, 2004
Albany - Expansion of the NCAA Division II playoffs is a good thing if you ask Albany State head coach Mike White.
That's because White's unbeaten Golden Rams were one of eight teams who received a bye in the first round of the playoffs last Saturday.
Prior to the start of Tuesday's practice session, Coach White says getting a week off at this time of the season is huge.
Especially for an Albany State team that is coming off such an emotional win against Fort Valley State in the Fountain City Classic.
While the Golden Rams were home resting after playing seven consecutive games, their second round opponent Arkansas Tech was fighting hard to beat Catawba 24-20.
Now the Wonder Boys are getting ready to play their 11th straight game and the Golden Rams are hoping their fresh legs will be the difference on Saturday.
Senior wide receiver Alvin Ray Jackson said "Everybody wants the bye. The bye like I say gives you time to heal up and I think it is going to help us."
Senior safety William Felton said "Pretty much due to the wear and tear- basically on defense- that open week really kinda of helped everybody get back up condition wise."
Albany State is hosting a NCAA Division II playoff game for just the second time in school history.
The Rams won their one and only home game when they beat another Gulf South Conference school, Southern Arkansas, in 1997.
Saturday's game starts at 1:00pm at the Albany Municipal Coliseum.