April 28, 2006
Albany - The Albany State football team has been looking forward to the challenge of winning a fourth straight Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship this fall.
The game of football though is not important to the Golden Rams after senior running back Antonio Atkins was shot to death after Albany Police say Atkins and another man broke into a house early Friday morning.
Albany State head coach Mike White met with his team Friday afternoon to inform them of the death of the popular running back who was a real team leader
Coach White says the players took the news hard and he told them the only thing they can do at this point is to be there and support Atkins family at a time when they need it most.
Antonio Atkins walked on to the football team in 2003 and showed his talent in the Rams first game of the season at Valdotsa State.
He went to rush for more than one thousand yards in his freshman year.
After an injury plagued sophomore season, Antonio Atkins teamed with senior Antwan Andrews in the Rams Thunder and Lightning backfield in 2005 where Atkins was Albany State's top receiver and was second on the team in rushing.
With the graduation of Andrews and quarterback Hosea Harris, Atkins was expected to be one of the leaders on offense this season.