NORFOLK, Va. - Saturday, Norfolk State opens its 2016 campaign. The Spartans host Elizabeth City State at 6:00.
Just about every college team in the country will preach the importance of starting fast. But the Spartans know how crucial it is.
Last season, head coach Latrell Scott's first at the helm, NSU came out of the gates 0-and-3 - on their way to a 4-and-7 season.
"When you start off 0-and-3 a year ago, and you have the opportunity to go 1-and-0 - it's something you want to do," Scott told News 3. "Going into the Hampton game last year 0-and-3, you really don't know how good of a football team you are."
"Starting off 1-and-0, you only get one chance to do it a season," quarterback Greg Hankerson said. "We want to show guys we can win games."
In 2015, the Spartans played their first three games on the road: at Rutgers, at Old Dominion and at Marshall.