August 11, 2007
Albany -- Albany State head coach Mike White would be the first to tell you, the Rams offense wasn't that good last year.
Albany State did win a fourth straight conference championship, and advanced to the Division II playoffs, but it was the defense leading the way.
The Rams defense allowed just 43 points in conference play, and just under twelve-per-game for the season.
The problem is the Rams offense averaged just about two touchdowns per contest, keeping every game close until the clock hit zero.
Albany State rushed for 245 yards a game in 2005, but almost 100 yards fewer last year.
The drop-off helped to cut their scoring average in half, from 30 to 15.
The Rams defense was hit hard by graduation, with the entire backfield, as well as All-american lineman Alton Pettway no longer in the line-up.
Junior quarterback Kisan Flakes will no longer be sharing snaps under center this year, and coach White says he's looking for improved play from the offense this season.
"We have to have more offense," says White. "We definitely have to have more points on the board. Our defense has carried us, and we expect them to play well each and every game. Nothing will change from the defensive side of the ball, but we need more points."
Flakes adds, "We got the confidence. We have more experience on the field. A lot of us played together last year, so we jell a little quicker out here. We have a lot of new talent, a lot of freshmen coming in. So we just got to take care of the ball, and do what we gotta do, take it play by play, and the game will take care of itself."
Albany State opens up the season at home in two weeks against North Carolina Central.