Albany State's football team will take the practice field next month with several goals in mind.
First, they'd like to win the SIAC again. The 2013 Rams did just that with five straight victories and a 17-14 win over Miles College in the conference championship game. But because they started 1-4, they missed the Division II playoffs.
Getting past the SIAC and into the national playoffs will be difficult. Even though they return quarterback Frank Rivers, there are holes to fill on both sides of the ball. On defense, the Rams are now without star safety Dexter Moody.
"The name of the game at Albany State is defense," head coach Mike White said at SIAC's media day. "We've got a lot of guys that we've got to replace on that side of the football."
White's team will have a few weeks of official practice before they start their season on September 6th at Valdosta State.
ASU was voted by the conference as the unanimous favorites to win the 2014 SIAC championship.