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FAMU football brings in two new hires

Florida A&M head coach Willie Simmons, left, runs onto the field before the Orange Blossom Classic NCAA college football game against Jackson State, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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Florida A&M head coach Willie Simmons, left, runs onto the field before the Orange Blossom Classic NCAA college football game against Jackson State, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida A&M’s head football coach Willie Simmons is bringing in two new additions to his coaching staff. Simmons announced the addition of former pro-football player Pat Watkins, and former Division-I football coach Doc Gamble, at Wednesday's 220 Quarterback Club luncheon.

FAMU's head football coach Willie Simmons sits with Eddie Jackson at the 220 Quarterback Club. Streamed live on YouTube Aug 23, 2023
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FAMU's head football coach Willie Simmons sits with Eddie Jackson at the 220 Quarterback Club. Streamed live on YouTube Aug 23, 2023

Simmons has tasked Watkins with coaching the team’s defensive backs, while Gamble will coordinate the special teams unit.

The move comes just weeks before the Rattlers season opener against Jackson State University. That game will be held on September 3rd in Miami.

Adrian Andrews is a multimedia journalist with WFSU Public Media. He is a Gadsden County native and a first-generation college graduate from Florida A&M University. Adrian is also a military veteran, ending his career as a Florida Army National Guard Non-Comissioned Officer.

Adrian has experience in print writing, digital content creation, documentary, and film production. He has spent the last four years on the staff of several award-winning publications such as The Famuan, Gadsden County News Corp, and Cumulus Media before joining the WFSU news team.