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Albany State turns up the heat

August 4, 2007

Albany -- The Albany State football team was on the practice field for the first time Saturday, as they get ready to open their season at home against North Carolina Central in just three weeks.

The Rams were the conference champions each of the past four seasons, and are the favorites to make it five-in-a-row this year.

The defense was the strength of the team last season, as the offense struggled to put points on the board.

Head coach Mike White expects a lot more production from the offense this year, with Kisan Flakes taking all the snaps under center.

The team will look different this year, as the Rams have to replace their entire secondary, the offensive line is brand new, and two-time SIAC defensive player of the year and All-American Alton Pettway is off in the NFL.

Coach White says there's one thing that never changes at Albany State.

"It's hot," says White. "It feels great to be back, and be on the field. To see what kind of shape we're in. To see what kind of off-season the guys that were not here this summer training had, and what kind of condition we're in."

Quarterback Kisan Flakes says, "Everybody's legs a re shot a little bit, and of course the heat is always going to be a factor in Albany. I think everybody pushed through well. Everybody was pushing everyone else, because they see it's kind of hard for them. We're just pushing each other along, and becoming a family."

Albany State opens up the season August 25th against North Carolina Central.

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