Redemption awaits Albany State

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Albany State has waited ten months for a redo with the North Greenville Crusaders.

Still reeling from the SIAC Championship loss to Miles College, the Golden Rams entered the Division Two postseason as an at-large seed, but were never much of a factor in their loss to North Greenville. The Golden Rams were thrashed in the first round by the Crusaders 63-14 ending the 2011 season abruptly.

"Things didn't go the way we planned it...we lost early in the playoffs. We're just glad to have another opportunity to play them. First game of the season, we want to go out there and give it our best shot," running back Nathan Hoyte said.

This go-around, North Greenville travels to Albany for Saturday's season opener with a lighter load.

Former Clemson quarterback Willy Korn is gone along with the Crusaders head coach and offensive coordinator. First-year head coach Carroll McCray takes over for North Greenville.

Redemption is on the mind of ASU, but head coach Mike White knows his team must handle the speed coming their way.

"I do think that you'll see some of the things that we had trouble with last year like the option. We know we have our hands full and what we got to do. I just expect us to perform," Coach White said.