GREENSBORO - The North Carolina A&T football team won four of its first six games in 2011 before having to play four straight games away from Aggie Stadium. The Aggies lost all four, bringing to a halt the momentum to a season with so much promise.
A&T does not have to travel consecutive weeks in 2012. The Aggies will play seven home games this upcoming season, including the home opener on Sept. 8 against West Virginia State University at 6 p.m.
The season opens on Labor Day weekend near Myrtle Beach, S.C., as the Aggies face Coastal Carolina for the third time in school history. It will be the Aggies second trip to Coastal Carolina in three years following their 2009 appearance at Brooks Stadium. It will also be the third meeting in five years between the two schools.
Another rematch will take place at 6 p.m., on Sept. 15 when the Aggies face Virginia University of Lynchburg at Aggie Stadium. The Dragons lost to A&T 38-7 last season at Aggie Stadium.
Morgan State will be the Aggies first MEAC opponent when the two teams face each other at 1:30 p.m., on Sept. 29 at Aggie Stadium. Homecoming 2012 is Oct. 27 against defending MEAC Champion Norfolk State at 1:30 p.m.
A&T's other three road games are against Bethune-Cookman on Oct. 6, Delaware State on Oct. 20 and the Aggies head to Durham to face archrival N.C. Central on Nov. 17.
The spring practice dates are March 19, 21, 26, 28 and April 2, 4. The Spring Game is April 7.
In Rod Broadway's first season as the Aggies head man, A&T went 5-6 overall and 4-4 in the MEAC. For the first time in school history, the Aggies produced a 2,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher. Linebacker D'Vonte Grant was a Jerry Rice finalist for best freshman in the nation, as he led the Aggies in tackles. After his second straight season where he rushed for 1,000 yards, senior running back Mike Mayhew comes into the 2012 season needing 163 yards to become the school's all-time leading rusher.