Following a tough 2013 and 2014 football season, many folk in Huntsville had enough of making it short to the big game . Always finishing second to then foe Jackson State and losing close games to Southern University and Grambling State, former coach Anthony Jones was let go after having some decent but successful runs to the SWAC Championship game. However, falling short didn’t cut it for the Bulldog faithful. James Spady, former Grambling Tiger and University of Nevada assistant coach was brought in to finish what what Jones couldn’t do , however there goes a saying : “You want miss me until I am gone”, that’s probably what Jones might be saying after seeing Spady stumble out the blocks for the third consecutive year with a 7-16 record. However, heading into the 2016 season, one might think that this years Bulldog team may be the one to break through.
James Spady has been on championship staff in the SWAC as he was an assistant to then Doug Williams when the Tigers won their first 3 straight championships from 2000-2003. Spady isn’t a new to the SWAC. However, coming from FBS Nevada, things may have changed a bit since he was last coaching in the conference. However, as it goes , winning always cures the ills.
Spady 2016 edition will be lead by QB D’Angelo Ballard. Ballard , a senior passed for 1516 yards and 9 TD’S last season. WR Tevin McKenzie and TE Johnathan Dorsey lead the passing game with 472 yards and 358 yards respectively. Both tallied a total of 9 trips to the endzone. However, if the Bulldogs want to help Spady prove his worth, an established running game must be found to help off set the passing game.
Defensively, the Bulldogs will be lead by Bryan Brower and Dexter Reese. Brower, a junior LB lead the team in tackles with 49. Reese, a junior as well was second with 31 stops. However if Reese who is a Safety on the team is making stops, that doesn’t sat well as a core unit. The opponents are gauging the Bulldogs more more interior yardage. Spady hope that improvement will come on the defensive side of the ball.
James Spady looks to break through in 2016 as he begins his fourth season at Alabama A&M. However, the natives are getting restless and if 2016 doesn’t fare well, the Bulldogs may be going hunting……