West Alabama falls to No. 24 in Division II pollBy Justin Averette Published 8:51pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012
West Alabama fell 11 spots to No. 24 in this week’s American Football Coaches Association Division II poll following its first loss of the season, 34-6, at FCS member Samford last week.
Head coach Will Hall said he wouldn’t have been surprised had the Tigers fallen completely out of the rankings. Following a two-hour practice Monday evening at Tiger Stadium, the second-year head coach vowed to “right the ship.”
“Right now we are a very average football team,’ Hall said. “I’m disappointed in how we played Saturday and disappointed in where we are as a program right now.
“We have a lot of talent, but we are not a good team right now,” Hall said. “It’s my job to get it fixed. I believe we took a giant step in that direction tonight.”
The Tigers worked extensively on special teams and introduced the game plan for this week’s home opener against Mississippi College (1-1). The Tigers came out the loss at Samford injury free with the exception of normal game night bumps and bruises.
“We have become a soft football team and that hasn’t been our trademark here,” Hall said. “We were a hard-core, ‘soldered-and-blowed’ football team last year.
“That’s what we want to personify as a program,” he said. “For whatever reason, we didn’t play that way last Saturday, but I can assure you we will be that way from here on out.”
Kick off is set for 6 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium.