Albany State lost in the SIAC conference championship game to Miles in 2015, but was far and away the best team in the division.
The Rams, who finished the year 6-4, are looking to prove that they are worthy of SIAC supremacy despite the way its season ended. [easyazon_infoblock align=”right” cart=”y” identifier=”B008R9PTRK” locale=”US” tag=”hbcusports-20″]
It helps that SIAC preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jarvis Small is back coming off a season where he rushed for 1,037 yards and 11 touchdowns. Small’s path will be led by returning linemen Javoris Wilburn and Tedrick Cofield.
Caleb Edmond, who threw for 1,761 yards and seven touchdowns last year, is the projected starter for an offense that relies heavily on the running game to score, though wide receiver Quadrey Simmons provides a big-play target on the outside.
The defense maybe short on experience, but do have defensive lineman Grover Stewart, Nick Scott and Zavondric back in the fold to lead the way.
Dan Land’s bunch is picked to repeat as division champions, which would only be one of the goals the Bulldogs have in 2016. Their ultimate goal is to avenge last season’s defeat in the conference title game and earn a trip to the Division II postseason.