October 12, 2010

Faciane dominating competition

Picayune (MS) tight end Malcolm Faciane knows how it feels to be a part of a dominant football program. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound star has become a leader for Picayune for both the offense, which has yet to score less than 35 points in a game this season, and the defense which has been dominant throughout Picayune's first six games.

"Our defense has come through huge this year. We've really dominated people on that side of the ball," said Faciane. "Our running game has also been pretty tough to stop. We are a downhill running kind of team and I love getting down the field and making blocks. I get involved in the passing game too but in a different sort of way. I draw a lot of double-coverage when I go out on routes and it has really helped take the pressure off our other receivers. I like the receiving role but I've only actually had three receptions this season. Two of them were for touchdowns though."

In the last two weeks, Faciane witnessed the Crimson Tide at its most dominant in person when he visited Tuscaloosa for Alabama's huge win over Florida.

"The Florida game was my second time to see a game in Bryant-Denny Stadium and even though the crowd was still into the San Jose State game, this was just a different level. The intensity was through the roof. It was making me want to suit up right there and run out onto the field. It's a great feeling being in that stadium during a big game."

"I didn't get to see the game this past weekend but from what I've seen, I think they just went into the game with a little less intensity than what they had against Florida. It goes to show you that in the SEC, you can't look at rankings. You have to play your hardest every week or you will get beat. Every great team loses at some point. I think they'll use this as motivation to play harder for the rest of the season."

Faciane said the relationship he's built with the Tide coaching staff thus far has further strengthened his commitment and the ups and downs of the 2010 season aren't likely to have any affect on his choice.

"I have a great relationship with the Alabama coaches. Whenever we talk, they ask me about how my season is going, who we are playing next, my family, my life, really everything. They really are making an effort to get to know me and build some trust with me and I really appreciate that."

"I'll be at the Ole Miss game this Saturday. I want to try to make it to as many home games as I can for Alabama this season. I think we'll see them really bounce back and come out with intensity this week. It should be fun to watch."

Faciane is rated the nation's No. 17 tight end prospect by Rivals.com.

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