RALEIGH, N.C. – It's been 52 years since in-state foes Shaw and North Carolina A&T met on the football field. The rivalry renews at 6 p.m. ET Saturday in the Aggie Stadium for both teams season opener.
The contest will be broadcasted live on WSHA 88.9 FM with Al Roseboro and Michael Rochelle calling the action.
After a productive training camp, Shaw makes it much anticipated 2015 debut before what is expected to be a large crowd in Aggie Stadium, a capacity of 21, 500. It's the first meeting between the two schools since 1963, a game that saw the Bears drop a 0-69 decision to the Aggies.
"Our key for success to win this game is that we are going to have to reduce or limit our turnovers, create turnovers, out hustle our opponents and don't give up any big plays," said head football coach Robert Massey. "Those elements will put us in the position to win a game against a quality football team such as North Carolina A&T."
Massey returns to the helm for his fourth season and has guided his team to a 6-4 finish his second year. He holds a 13-17 record overall.
The Bears return 40 letterman from a season ago and have depth on both sides of the ball. Senior running back, Marquise Grizzle (Camden, NC) is SU's leading rusher and scorer after racking up 750 yards and eight touchdowns scored –ranking him second in the conference, respectively a year ago.
Junior transfer Travis Lock (Lynbrook, NY) is expected to get a bulk of carries as well at the running back position to assist Grizzle. Defensively, Kenneth Williams' unit is one to be reckoned with. Senior Roland Green (Bluffton, NY) accumulated a team-best 47 tackles and 11 tackles for losses a season ago.
NC A&T went 9-3 in 2014 and tied for first place in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC). The Aggies return their top running back in junior Tarik Cohen who was selected preseason offensive Player of the Year. As a whole, NCAT brings back 56 players from a year ago under head coach Rod Broadway.
The Aggies lead the all-time series 3-17-1.
For more information on Shaw football and its 11 varsity sports, visit shawbears.com.