CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia State University inside linebacker Tyler Long has the right perspective when speaking of the Yellow Jackets playing back-to-back games against Football Championship Subdivision teams.
One week after the Yellow Jackets (1-1) dropped a 77-0 decision to Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member North Carolina A&T, they pay a visit to Southern Conference team Elon (1-1) in a 3 p.m. contest on Saturday at Rhodes Stadium.
Last season, the Phoenix handed eventual West Virginia Conference champion Concord a 42-10 defeat in the second week of the season.
"I look at it as a great opportunity," said Long, a senior and former Riverside High School standout. "We're going down there and I'm getting the chance to play against great talent, to see exactly where I stack up. To see how far I've come in my athletic ability, so see where I stand compared to these guys. That's how I approach it."
Long enters the third game of his senior season with 157 career tackles, including 14.5 for 53 yards in losses and five sacks.
He had 10 tackles against the Aggies last week.
"I don't look at it as them being bigger or better, I just look at it as they have 11 guys on the field," he said. "I feel I can run and tackle and play as well as anybody else."
State received $30,000 for last week's visit to A&T and will receive $40,000 for Saturday's game against Elon.
Missed blocking assignments, defensive lapses and turnovers cost State early in last week's defeat. While the odds are stacked heavily in Elon's favor, Coach Earl Monroe said he expects his team to give a better showing, even though he believes Elon is better than the Aggies.