The word "grind" couldn't have described the 2012 Albany State football season any better. After three early losses, the Golden Rams fought and clawed for 5 straight wins. In the end, it just wasn't meant to be.
"I did not see this coming. I didn'tâ|this is like a blind side to me. We don't have a lot of words for what just happened," ASU Head Coach Mike White said.
Albany State lost their shot at a SIAC Title rushed by rival Fort Valley State. Staying in the grinding theme though, the Golden Rams never gave up closing Saturday's deficit to 38-20, but the roller coaster season has ended.
"A lot of ups and downs but we never gave upâ|even in this gameâ|we didn't give up we tried to fight back to get the win and that's how I'll remember this season," Running back Nathan Hoyte said.
A senior, Hoyte, will be remembered for stabilizing an often shaky offense. While senior defensive lineman Justin Blash did the same for a trademark "Dirty Blue" Defense. The 2012 senior class faced a trying season, but they did it together.
"We could have done a lot of things differently, but the biggest thing is we stayed together," Quarterback David Kooi said.
Another footnote left for another day was head coach Mike White's pursuit of a 100th win at Albany State. White didn't have much to say on the matter, as usual for the longtime coach, it was all about the product on the field.
"With a win Saturday, we would call this a pretty successful season to get back to the conference championship game. Right nowâ|finishing the way we didâ|this season does not leave a good taste in my mouth," Coach White said.