ALBANY -- When football fans pack into the Albany State University Coliseum Saturday evening to watch the undefeated Rams host undefeated Valdosta State, the only colors ASU interim director of athletics Richard Williams wants to see are blue and gold.
On Wednesday, Williams and the ASU athletic administrators declared Saturday as Blue and Gold Day.
The No. 6 Rams will face No. 12 Valdosta State at 7 p.m. Saturday, and ASU fans are asked to paint the town blue and gold, Williams said.
"Blue and gold are the only colors we should see on Saturday. We want all our Golden Ram fans, administrators, faculty, staff, alumni and friends to fill the stands and wear blue and gold to show support for our undefeated Golden Rams as they take on the undefeated Blazers," Williams said. "We need to rally behind our Golden Rams and wear our jubilant colors of blue and gold."
Williams also wants local businesses to decorate their store fronts in blue and gold and wear the colors to show support for the Rams.
"Albany State is a vital part of this community and the Golden Rams have brought much national attention to this area," Dr. Williams said. "Like our Homecoming games, this game will be an economic boost to the Albany and Dougherty County community, Fans of both teams will travel to Albany and consume products and services from our local businesses, so we need our business leaders to show their support for the Golden Rams."
Fans who need blue and gold gear can visit the Albany State University Bookstore to purchase a variety of game-day items, including T-Shirts, flags and pom-poms. The bookstore is open Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on game day from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. The bookstore is located in the new Albany State Student Union Center on Radium Springs Road, across from the HPER Gymnasium.
"We encourage fans to go ahead and purchase their tickets if they haven't done so already," Dr. Williams said. "This is a big game which many are calling the 'Battle of South Georgia' and tickets are going fast!"
JENNINGS HONORED NATIONALLY: ASU quarterback Stanley Jennings was been named the BoxtoRow National Player of the Week on Wednesday. The senior from Marietta led the Golden Rams to a 49-28 victory against Wingate last weekend, throwing for four touchdowns and 307 yards.
Jennings also led the Rams to a come-from-behind victory in their season opener against Division I Savannah State.
Jennings will be the featured guest on "From the Press Box to Press Row," a weekly national sports radio talk show with host Donal Ware.
Fans near the Albany area can hear the show on Albany State's WASU-FM 92.7 on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. The show can also be heard on www.boxtorow.com on Saturday from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.
Jennings and the Golden Rams are ranked No. 5 in the Boxtorow HBCU Football Media Top 10 Football Poll.
RAM RALLY SET: ASU football fans are invited to cheer on the Rams to a victory VSU at the second Ram Rally of the season.
The Ram Rally will be held Thursday at 8 p.m. at ASU's HPER Gymnasium. The event, which is sponsored by the ASU Student Government Association and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, is free and open to the public.