The Rattlers are in the final week of camp preparing for the spring game


The Florida A&M Rattlers have begun their final week of spring football training camp. On Saturday, FAMU will play its annual Orange and Green Spring Game at Ken Riley Field at Bragg Memorial Stadium.


Spring football camp at Florida A&M is coming to an end.

On Tuesday, the Rattlers had their 13th of 15 spring practices at Ken Riley Field at Bragg Memorial Stadium.

And with another standard exercise, FAMU head coach James Colzie III uses the final meetings to test his team's performance through targeted exercises.

The Rattlers practice again on Thursday and then use their 15th and final practice for the annual Orange and Green Spring Football Game on Saturday.

“Probably our last full training session. “We’ll take it easy on Thursday,” said Colzie. “We did some good things today and handled some new situations well. You do a lot of drills, but ultimately it depends on when the ball is in the air.

“Who will do the play? Who won't do the piece? It’s important for the coaches to assess.”

At practice on Tuesday, the Rattlers' schedule featured a lot of competition through skelly phases, similar to 7-on-7 and offense-versus-defense phases.

FAMU's strength test provides a glimpse of who is expected to advance in Saturday's spring game.

“It was a focus to compete today. It makes us love being at practice,” said Demorie Tate, FAMU safety officer. “It makes us want to train hard and make each other better, so when we go out against another opponent it will be a lot easier.”

The Rattlers have wrestled three times during spring camp, most recently last Friday.

The intense nature of the camp has FAMU excited for what's to come when spring comes to a close later this week.

“I like that we try a little harder and play a lot of team-on-team,” FAMU tight end Jeremiah Pruitte said. “It can do nothing but help us prepare for the game.”

Coach James Colzie III's first FAMU football team is thriving as spring draws to a close

The Rattlers have a new-look team, with Colzie now leading the program and featuring numerous key additions and departures.

Even though Colzie is in the midst of a new beginning for FAMU football, the camaraderie has remained.

“They grow together,” Colzie said.

“We’ve brought on some new people and our new leaders are thriving. It was great to be with them and watch them manifest together.”

Tate was a valuable offseason starter for the Rattlers. Rated a five-star prospect by 247Sports for the 2020 class out of Freedom High School in Orlando, Tate transferred to FAMU from Florida State last December.

He spent three years at FSU but didn't play for a team last season as he recovered from an injury.

“I just got my confidence back, got closer with my teammates and learned the playbook,” Tate said. “[Colzie] is a great coach and we have a lot to do with each other. It breaks it down easily for us. It’s been great so far.”

Pruitte has been at FAMU since 2021, transferring from Colorado State as a wide receiver before moving to tight end.

The Rattlers are entering their final season of eligibility and view Pruitte as one of their top offensive threats. Pruitte is highly regarded.

“My coaches made it a point to me that I would get a lot of attention this year,” Pruitte said. “My biggest thing is doing the right thing when no one is watching and leading by example.

“I’m a vet now, so I know my stuff and show everyone how it’s done.”

Florida A&M Rattlers spring football schedule

Exercise 14: Thursday, April 11th

Orange and Green Spring Game at Bragg Memorial Stadium: Saturday, April 13th at 4 p.m

Gerald Thomas, III covers Florida A&M University Athletics for the Tallahassee Democrat. Contact him by email at [email protected] or on the app formerly known as Twitter @3peatgee.

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