Southern. Florida A&M.
Doesn’t that pretty much say it all?
At 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday, these two longtime rivals will crack heads at the Georgia Dome in the Atlanta Football Classic. And they both sorely need a win.
Yes, the game is on Versus, but remember: you can’t always see everything on TV. Coaches’ tirades, injured players on the sidelines, changes on the offensive line — you never know what you’ll miss. So even if you have Versus, you should still follow us at http://twitter.com/perrynkeys.
We’ll live-tweet from gavel to gavel.
A few things worth chewing on:
—Wide receiver Charles Hawkins traveled with team. He suffered a concussion in last week’s loss to Jackson State, and coach Stump Mitchell said this week that as a precautionary measure, Hawkins probably won’t play. And just because he’s in Atlanta doesn’t mean he will play. Either way, it’s telling how much Hawkins means to the team that he traveled. He’s a leader, and teammates respect his toughness and work ethic.
—We’re not playing this tune on a constant loop. Promise. But Southern has to find a way to spark its running game. The Jaguars have tried different backs, different line combinations and even different plays. On the first play of last week’s game, they tried a new starter (Terrell Alex) and a new play (a toss). It lost 2 yards. Still, don’t be surprised if Southern adds a few other twists, such as a counter or a stretch. The Jaguars have to keep trying.
—Quarterback Dray Joseph has admitted that in any game, he needs to get off to a good start. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be outlandish to see Southern try a few short, safe passing plays against FAMU — things like screens or short passes in the flat to fullback Brian McCain. That said, FAMU coach Joe Taylor said he’ll probably blitz Joseph to make uncomfortable. If the Rattlers do that, Joseph has to be ready.
As for us, we’re ready. We’ve seen lots of FAMU and Southern fans already, so we should be in for a show. Again, follow us at http://twitter.com/perrynkeys for the time of your life.
Let’s get it on.