2017 SWAC Media Day Recap

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A week's worth of Media Day Coverage wrapped up Friday in Birmingham with the annual SWAC Football Media Day. Mo Carter was on site and has a recap from the event.

Coach James Spady is ready to put a good product on the field in year four. For the first time in his tenure, The Bulldogs are having a year round strength program and just about everyone has been on board with it on the Hill.

"We wanted to put a premium on finish this year," says James Spady. "Our strength coaches have really built this football team. To watch these guys go out and every day is work and its excitement to become a champion. I can't wait to see what they can do on the field."

Coach James Spady may not have a starting QB in place yet but he has one heck of a running back. Jordan Bentley had a fantastic freshman campaign and looks to continue his success in his sophomore year.

"I got a chance to participate in the off season program, working out and running throuoghout the spring , fall and summer," said Jordan Bentley. "Its helped out a lot. got up me weight, increased my speed. so it's helping my game a lot."

Now if Alabama A&M wants to make some noise in the East then they'll have to take down some familar foes Like Alcorn, JAckson State , and arch rival Alabama State.

"I'm excited about this team," said Brian Jenkins. "They've really done a good job preparing themselves
and making sure that they're mind set is right and ready."

Now of course, everyone is trying to catch up with Grambling State. The Tigers offensive line is anchored by
Huntsville native Trent Scott. The former Lee General wants to see GSU repeat.

"We hit the ground running since the day we got back in the spring," said Trent Scott. Its been hard work with our new strength and conditioning coach. that's what we pride ourselves on. Hard work, how fast we go.

Whoever emerges from the eastern division will take on the western division champ at the SWAC Championship in Houston. They'll have a chance to bring this trophy back to their respective campus. The 2017 championship has a new wrinkle. It will be the last championship for the foreseeable future.

"We got our own football championship game because we got out of the playoffs," said Duer Sharp."So our student athletes had nothing to play for. So we had to come up with the game. So now once we have our own postseason bowl game. we didn't need the championship game anymore."

"There are several FCS programs that wish they were in our shoes right now, said Broderick Fobbs. "The amount of money  we can generate , the exposure that we get on national tv. Its tremendous."

"I think change creates opportunity for greatness , when its done for the right reasons," said Dawson Odums. I think the financial reasons are what's driving this change. Covering SWAC Media Days in Birmingham, I'm Mo Carter for WZDX sports.

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