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A&T Looks For Consistency

Courtesy: NC A&T Sports Information
          Release: 11/02/2012
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A&T defensive end Tony Mashburn celebrates a play for A&T. The Aggies face Florida A&M 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3 at Aggie Stadium. Photo by Kevin L. Dorsey
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FLORIDA A&M (3-5, 3-2 MEAC)  AT NORTH CAROLINA A&T (4-4, 2-3 MEAC)
Date:
 November 3, 2012
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Stadium: Aggie Stadium
Series: FAMU leads, 43-13-3
Radio: WNAA 90.1 FM; Campus Radio Station: Spencer Gwynn (play-by-play), Al Swann (color); Billy Covington (color), Mel Swann (halftime host).
Webstream: www.ncataggies.com (front page); Walter T. Johnson (play-by-play); Alan Hooker (color).
Live Stats: www.ncataggies.com (top-right hand corner of the page

CHIT CHAT:  North Carolina A&T is trying to avoid what happened at Delaware State. A week after pummeling Howard 38-10, the Aggies were blanked by Delaware State 24-0. The Aggies are coming off of an impressive win over Norfolk State in front of more than 20,000 fans at Aggie Stadium. Now, they're trying to avoid a letdown with Florida A&M coming into town. The Aggies are going after their first winning season in nine years, and will have two home games (including Saturday) to try and accomplish the feat.

From the coach:  

North Carolina A&T head coach Rod Broadway 
"Florida A&M is very athletic on both sides of the ball. They have tremendous athletes everywhere you turn. They're going to get after you defensively and then they're going to use those athletes they have to go downfield on you on offense. When you look at, we're playing a lot of walk-on guys, and we're going to have to get it done with those guys.  We've love to have those type of athletes and once we get our scholarships back, those are the type of athletes we're going to try to bring here." But the guys we have are doing a great job.'

It's A "Lock": A&T will run a two-quarterback system on Saturday. Broadway said redshirt junior Lewis Kindle is more of a traditional drop-back passer, while freshman Kwashaun Quick can beat you with his feet. Quick replaced Kindle last week to open the second half, and completed turned the game in A&T's favor. The Aggies outscored the Spartans 23-0 in the second half to win 30-9. Quick is the favorite to start, but the Rattlers should see plenty of Kindle as well.

Potential Gameday Star power: North Carolina A&T: Ricky Lewis seemed to do his best work last Saturday when the elusive Kwashaun Quick was playing quarterback. Quick is such a threat with the ball, it opened up running lanes for Lewis who finished with 81 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. FAMU:  Florida A&M's quarterback is awfully good. Damien Fleming has thrown 15 touchdown passes and only four interceptions. He has two excellent receivers in Lenworth Lennox and Travis Harvey. They are 2,3 in the conference in receiving. Fleming is 17th in the nation in passing efficiency.

The Magic Number For A&T92: North Carolina A&T will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1992 MEAC Football Championship. The team will be honored at halftime. Many believed the '92 team would not repeat because they lost all-everything quarterback Connell Maynor along with two other players who were drafted by the NFL - defensive end Reggie White and tight end Craig Thompson. Yet, the Aggies came together behind a ferocious offensive line and collection of running backs - James White, Barry Turner, Rudy Brown and Fred Ingram - who were the envy of the MEAC. The Blue Death Defense was as stingy as ever with MEAC Defensive Player of the Year, linebacker Rodney Edwards, and first-team All-MEAC corner Alonza Barnett. The Aggies rolled through the conference with a 5-1 record. They were 9-3 overall.

FROM THE NOTES

The Remarkable A&T 'D'

The average size of the starting North Carolina A&T defensive line is 6-foot-1, 248 pounds. The average size of A&T's is 5-11, 217 pounds. In other words, the Aggies are not very big on the defensive side of the ball. Despite being small in stature, they have the No. 2 defense in the nation and the No. 1 defense in the MEAC. The Aggies are only allowing 279.4 yards per game, while holding opponents to 113.6 yards per game on the ground. A&T is coming off of a performance where they did not allow Norfolk State into the end zone. On three separate occasions this season, the Aggies have not allowed an opponent to score a touchdown. At home, opponents have only scored 37 points against the Aggies defense in five games. In the process, opponents are averaging 99.8 yards per game on the ground at Aggie Stadium. The Aggies are also No. 1 in the conference in rushing defense and passing efficiency defense.

Quarterback Changes

North Carolina A&T has had its share of quarterback changes over the past few seasons. Last season, Lewis Kindle became the first A&T quarterback in a decade to start every game of a season. Kindle's consecutive games started streak ended after the first game of 2012 when he sat out against Coastal Carolina because of a suspension. The Aggies head into this week with some uncertainty as who the starter will be after Kwashaun Quick replaced Kindle in the second half of the Aggies 30-9 win over Norfolk State. In the 10 seasons prior to 2011, the Aggies have played 19 different quarterbacks with 12 of them getting starts. 

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