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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -– Southern offensive lineman Zach Brown was carted off the field during the game against Alabama A&M on Saturday because of what appeared to be a neck injury.
Brown was lying on the ground face down at the end of a play midway through the third quarter. Medical staff attended to him for more than 10 minutes and Brown was able to move his arms.
He was strapped on his back to a board, lifted on to a stretcher and he gave a thumbs-up sign with his left hand. Brown was examined further inside an ambulance just outside the stadium and a few minutes later the ambulance took Brown to an area hospital.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Cornerback Kevin King and wide receiver Mike Jones are expected to return to action for Southern in its game against Alabama A&M at 1 p.m. Saturday in Louis Crews Stadium.
King missed the last four games while awaiting academic certification and Jones missed the last three games because of an ankle injury.
Quarterback Deonte Shorts (groin) did not travel with the team and will miss his fourth consecutive game.
The Jaguars (3-3 and 2-1 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play) are seeking consecutive victories for the first time this season. They defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 51-36 in their Homecoming game last week. Southern has an open date next week.
The Bulldogs are 2-4 and 1-2.
Southern expects to welcome back a few key players for its Homecoming game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Three defensive backs — Dionte McDuffy, D’Andre Woodland and Jaleel Richardson — went through pregame warm-ups after being cleared academically. McDuffy and Woodland played in the first two games before being withheld from the last three. Richardson will be making his season debut.
Running back Jamarcus Jarvis is expected to play after a three-game absence due to an ankle injury. Malcom Crockett, who missed the last two games because of an ankle injury, tested his ankle in pre-game warm-ups and his availability will be a game-time decision.
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LORMAN, Miss. — Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts did not travel with the team to its game against Alcorn State in Spinks-Casem Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Shorts, a redshirt freshman from Southern Lab who started the first three games of the season, dressed but did not play last week at Prairie View because of an elbow injury.
He returned to practice Monday and coach Dawson Odums said he expected Shorts to play against Alcorn. But Shorts missed practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a previously undisclosed hernia.
It’s likely Shorts’ injury will require surgery though it’s unclear when that might take place.
True freshman Austin Howard, who relieved Shorts in the first three games, was scheduled to make his second consecutive start Saturday. True freshman Jarrad Hayes is the backup.
Southern (2-2) and Alcorn (3-1) are both 1-0 in Southwestern Athletic Conference play. Kickoff was set for 4 p.m.
Southern defensive backs Kevin King, D’Andre Woodland and Dionte McDuffy remain ineligible to play in games, but the Jaguars are hopeful they can return.
Whether any resolution occurs before Southern’s game at Prairie View on Saturday is anyone’s guess.
The three starters were cleared to play in the first two games of the season, but uncertainty about their eligibility arose late last week and they were pulled from the lineup a few minutes before the start of the Jaguars 51-27 loss to Northwestern State in A.W. Mumford Stadium.
Athletic director William Broussard addressed the certification situation prior to coach Dawson Odums’ weekly news luncheon Tuesday afternoon.
Here’s a university statement that was released in conjunction with Broussard’s remarks:
SU responds to questions concerning certification
Southern University athletics has issued the following statement regarding the department’s ongoing certification process.
“The ongoing certification process reflects the severity of the unusable data findings which surfaced as a result of the NCAA inquiry. Every available resource is being expended on clearing up problems with certifying documentation and expediting the reinstatement waiver process for those student-athletes affected.
The three students held out of play for further review were first flagged 48 hours before Saturday’s game. We determined that there was insufficient data to determine their continuing eligibility and so until further review this week they are being withheld from competition. University certification staff reviewed documents Friday and Saturday and worked until the last possible minute to find relief for those students.
The University remains committed to not allowing ineligible student-athletes to compete.
We will continue to focus our attention on fulfilling the compliance demands of the NCAA. As we continue our work, we will defer all further questions to the University media relations office.”