BY JAMES P. HILL
SPECIAL TO THE FLORIDA COURIER
NEW SMYRNA BEACH – Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) Head Football Coach Terry Sims and the Wildcats are gearing up for the 2019 season. Quarterback Akevious Williams is back from a knee injury he suffered last October.
B-CU looks healthy, multi-talented, and ready to compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
The Wildcats are scheduled to face Jackson State in the 15th annual MEAC/SWAC Challenge on Sept. 1 at Georgia Stadium in Atlanta. The kickoff is at 3 p.m. The game is scheduled to be aired live on ESPN 2.
WILLIAMS BACK FROM INJURY
“I feel like I’m 95 percent to 100 percent ready,” Williams said with a smile while at a recent team practice at the New Smyrna Beach Sports Complex. “It’s going to take a couple more weeks and a couple more days of rehab just to get me back full going with these pads on.”
Williams threw for 1,435 yards and 12 touchdowns last season in just eight games.
Nowadays, he is showing that his determination, rehabilitation and work ethic helps him get better everyday. He’s putting his 2018 season ending knee ACL injury behind him.
“I feel pretty great and I feel like we’re ready to go 1 and 0 to start the season off,” he stated.
B-CU is projected to finish second in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference (MEAC). The Wildcats welcome back 15 starters from last season.
Jimmie Robinson, the All-American wide receiver shows a lot of promise with an elusive running style, speed, and a high football IQ.
“I feel like were going to have a great season,” Robinson said.
“Que’shaun Byrd is coming back so that’s another explosive player out there on the field with me so now teams can’t just kick the ball, trying to keep it away from me. We have multiple weapons on the field.’’
Sims continues to install new plays, a new outlook and a new direction for his 2019 Wildcats. He’s impressed from a coaching standpoint on the effort and energy his guys are bringing to the pre-season practice gridiron.
“Really, really pleased with the effort today, the stuff the guys that were here in the spring that they retained brought back to the field today. You know, great,” he said at the practice in New Smyrna Beach.
“We have a lot of new guys that are here adding some depth to us. They’re really catching on to what were trying to do right now. They’re buying into what were doing.”
FOUR HOME GAMES
The Wildcats have four home games at Daytona Municipal Stadium beginning with Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 7, Morgan State on Oct. 5, Norfolk State on Oct. 19 and South Carolina State on Oct. 26.
B-CU will play eight road games this season.
Along with Sunday’s game against Jackson State, the Wildcats will face the Miami Hurricanes on Sept. 14, will challenge Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 21, at Howard on Sept. 28, and North Carolina Central on Oct. 10.
Other games include Delaware State on Nov. 9 and a trip to Greensboro at North Carolina A&T on Nov. 16.
The annual Florida Classic game vs. Florida A&M is scheduled on Nov. 23 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
James P. Hill is an Orlando-based freelance writer for the Florida Courier. Follow him on Twitter @JamesHill_News.