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Defense shines early during Alabama A&M's 1st day in full pads

Granville Eastman and the Alabama A&M defense had the upper hand when they faced the Bulldogs' offense during team drills Thursday. It was the first day in full pads

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Intense...It's the only word that could describe the scene Thursday at practice for Alabama A&M. Connell Maynor's team put on full gear for the first time today and it was a sight to see.

The pads were popping inside of Louis Crews Stadium. During team drills, surprisingly but not shockingly, it was the Bulldogs' defense that had the upper hand on the offense.

Granville Eastman's unit disrupted the A&M offense with pressure up front, batted balls and they made several stops in the red zone.

Eventually Aqeel Glass got the offense rolling with a pair of back to back touchdown passes to end the session. Coach Maynor and Coach Eastman said that a lot of progress was made today. 

"I was glad. I was happy," said Connell Maynor. "I know that we can score some points. So if our defense can do a good job of slowing us down, and stopping us then they'll be ready on Saturday." 

"If we get turnovers and give an offense like ours with Aqeel Glass some extra possessions, then we'll be sitting real good at the end of the game," said Defensive Coordinator Granville Eastman. "That's a big attribute to that. We have to tighten up red zone play and build on coming from last year, especially since we were not as good as we would have like to have been. There's emphasis in that with new defense and things like that."

Alabama A&M will have their first preseason scrimmage on Saturday morning.