NORFOLK, Va. - Just about any coach, especially one who enjoys cliches, will tell you a college football player makes his biggest improvement from freshman year to sophomore year - or year one to year two. Norfolk State hope it's the same story for head coach Latrell Scott - who is starting his second year as the NSU bench boss.
"We're still not where I want to be, but the guys are coming out, moving around and they know what to expect," Scott told News 3. "Obviously, we're a little bit better than we were a year ago at this point."
"We have to meet his standards every single time out here," explained Spartans linebacker Kyle Archie. "Every time we come out to the field, we have to have a certain amount of intensity, tempo."
Norfolk State went 4-and-7 last year, Scott's first at NSU. But the head coach isn't the only impact guy coming back for round two.
Quarterback Greg Hankerson, who started all 11 games last year, is back as triggerman for the offense. In 2015, Hankerson threw for more than 2,000 yards and also led Norfolk State in rushing.
"It's not just up to me, but with my ability and the guys around me - I feel like we can get it done," Hankerson said.
"Greg is one of the best athletes around," admitted Scott. "But I think he's taken the strides to be a great quarterback and do the things that we need him to do to make this team go."
Norfolk State opens year two of the Latrell Scott era September 3rd, at home, against Elizabeth City State.