Florida A&M head coach Joe Taylor can point to the NFL when trying to motivate his players on special teams: he believes Kevin Elliott landed a job down the road for the Jacksonville Jaguars thanks to his play on special teams in college.
Although Elliott led FAMU with 41 receptions for 720 yards and five touchdowns last season, Taylor credits the receiver's attractiveness to NFL teams to his ability to contribute on special teams. Elliott only has two catches for 24 yards in three games with the Jaguars, but has been able to play as a blocker on Jacksonville's punt and kick return teams. As a result, Taylor has no problem playing both young players and his team's stars on various special teams units.
"So when the question came up about the possibility of injury to a featured player, Taylor insisted that the benefits far outweigh the risk."
The Rattlers are 2-0 in the MEAC and take on Southern University at home in Tallahassee on Saturday.