By Mike McCall
Southern fans showed up in force for fan fest on Saturday, with more than 30 RVs lining the parking lots and a solid number filing into Mumford Stadium for the team’s third and last preseason scrimmage.
Unfortunately, all they got to see was some team stretching before heavy rains came down, and while the Jaguars persisted long enough to finish position drills and pass skeleton, they ran just one play in the scrimmage before lightning spoiled the evening.
That means all three scrimmages were altered by weather. Wet conditions drove the first over to Doug Williams Stadium (which still cracks me up), and the next was cut in more than half because of lightning.
BUT, the coaches will still decide on all of the team’s starters Sunday, giving them a finally finalized depth chart in advance of next weekend’s game at New Mexico. Of the hotly contested position battles, coach Stump Mitchell has only announced one.
On Saturday, Mitchell said he’ll turn to freshman Greg Pittman at kicker over Matt Hill. If you’ve been following my coverage regularly, you now know I’m a dummy, because I had Hill as a a heavy favorite based off what I’ve seen. But Mitchell said Pittman has been better statistically (if not in game situations, which is what I went off of), and he also likes Greg’s potential a lot, so he’s willing to ride out some growing pains to reach the payoff.
In other seemingly-small-but-potentially-major news, long-snapper Justin Williams may no longer be with the team. He wasn’t at practices the last half of the week, and Mitchell said that as far as he knows, Williams has quit the team. From what I’ve heard, Williams was running into some problems getting registered for classes, so it may not be over yet. In the meantime, linebacker Javon Allen is snapping. Mitchell said he snapped in high school, and while Allen hasn’t been bad, he hasn’t been Williams either. So that’s something to keep an eye on.
Tomorrow and Monday we should find out the winners of a bunch of position battles. Here’s a quick look: Continue reading