By Dan Ryan
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Even though Bethune-Cookman has managed to find a way to erase double-digit deficits twice, Head Coach Brian Jenkins is already tired of HAVING to make comebacks.
"We're starting too slow and we have to find a way to jumpstart early," Jenkins said at his weekly media luncheon Wednesday."Otherwise, we'll be in a position where this 'comeback kid' thing is not going to work."
B-CU (2-0) faces the University of Miami on Saturday afternoon, and meeting a traditional FBS power does not allow much room for error. Last time, the Wildcats started strong, taking an early 7-0 lead that had the college football world briefly on upset alert.
"It's very important to get off to a good start in any game," said Jenkins, who couldn't point an exact reason why the team has trailed by as many as 21 points in games early this season. "That's one of our woes right now."
This is B-CU's second game with the Hurricanes, and the Wildcats will face FIU, another South Florida FBS program, in 2013 and 2014.
"We can play with these teams," Jenkins said. "If I didn't think we could be competitive, I wouldn't take the games. We're preparing to go in and win this game. These are not show up and get paid games. We're going in to compete."
Other highlights from Jenkins' remarks.
On the play of B-CU's running game...
"It's been okay. I'm never sastified with anything. I'm not focusing on the success we might have had, it's the success we didn't have."
On representing the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference well against the FBS after Savannah State and Florida A&M suffered huge losses last weekend...
"I'm not concerned on a good look for anyone else. My focus is how WE prepare for Saturday's game.
On the play of LeBrandon Richardson, who leads the FCS nation in sacks per game...
"He's doing what we ask him to do. The guys up front [on the defensive line] are playing as a group and he would not be able to do his job if they weren't doing theirs."