Aug. 12, 2013
FAYETTEVILLE, NC - The 2013 Fayetteville State football team has settled in on campus and has begun official team activities (OTA's) for 108 student-athletes.
Registration for classes, physicals, concussion test, head shots, team meetings and equipment distribution are a few activities on the docket before the acclimation period can begin.
The Broncos will take the field on Thursday morning for their first practice in helmets and shorts. The routine will take a slight change on Saturday with the addition of shoulder pads. Practice will be at full tilt on Monday when the team participates in full gear. The program will conduct a modified two-a-day practice up until classes begin on August 22.
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football Coach's Association predicted Fayetteville State to finish ninth overall in the conference. The Broncos are now under the helm of first-time head coach Lawrence Kershaw.
Coach Kershaw, a 1995 graduate of Virginia State, took over the program in January. He had the opportunity to evaluate approximately 65 returners during the spring football session.
Michael Johnson (junior - Raleigh, NC) has recently been named to the Lindy's Sports Magazine All-Division II First Team and the USA College Football Division II Pre-season All-American Team after his 93-tackle (48 solo, 45 assisted) performance in 2012. He led the Broncos defense and ranked fifth in the CIAA in tackles.
Colon Bailey, Jr. (senior - Manteo, NC) was named Pre-season All-CIAA and USA College Football Division II All-American Second Team. He earned All-Conference honors last season after accumulating 1,015 yards of rushing. He finished 38th nationally and was fourth in the conference in rushing yards and touchdowns.
Andre Montgomery (sophomore - Goldsboro, NC) and Marquel Gathers (sophomore - Smithfield, NC) made the 2012 CIAA All-Rookie Team last season.
Antonio Mayo (junior - Jacksonville, NC) was added to the Watch List for the 2013 Fred Mitchell Award; for which he was recognized by twice last season. Mayo ranked second in the CIAA in field goals made.
Fayetteville State will open the season on Saturday, September 7th against Virginia State in Luther "Nick" Jeralds Stadium. The Trojans will also be under new leadership with Latrell Scott as the head coach.
Season tickets are currently on sale at a discount rate and can be purchased online at FSUBroncos.com or on campus at the university's Ticket Office located in Seabrook Auditorium.
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