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Dawson Odums, Broderick Fobbs discuss Southern, Grambling and the Bayou Classic

Southern coach Dawson Odums and Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs took part in a news conference promoting the Bayou Classic on Tuesday morning inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Jaguars (6-4 and 6-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) and the Tigers (8-2, 8-0) meet in the 42nd Bayou Classic at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Superdome.

Southern won last year’s meeting 52-45 in a showdown for the SWAC West division title. Grambling has clinched this year’s West title.

Here are excerpts from that the two coaches had to say:

Broderick Fobbs

The difference in coaching in the Bayou Classic for the first time last season after having played in four of them:

Fobbs: “It’s a different deal from where I stand right now. I’ve been a player and then I’ve been a fan in the stands. This is a unique situation because everything starts with you.”

On the Tigers being last in the SWAC in time of possession and first in scoring:

Fobbs: “Time of possession sometimes is overrated. Because we’re a fast-paced offense we score and we score quickly. The name of the game is to put points on the board and stop them from scoring, but you do want to possess the ball and what I think we’ve been able to do is possess the ball at the right time. It may not have been the whole game, but we’ve been able to possess the ball when we needed to so to me that’s the most important stat.”

On last year’s last-second loss being motivation for his players during the offseason:

Fobbs: “You always reflect after the season. We don’t like to reflect during a season. We reflected on it, we learned from it, we put it behind us and we focused on 2015.”

On Southern running back Lenard Tillery:

Fobbs: “He’s a heck of a football player and more importantly they have a really good offensive line that does a good job of opening those holes for him. So for us it’s about making sure that we stop the run and force them to do some things that they don’t want to do. But they can throw the football well too, so we have to have a balanced defensive effort.”

On the significance of the Bayou Classic:

Fobbs: “It’s huge and it’s not only huge for both universities, but also for Historically Black Universities and also to attract students to our campuses. It’s also big for the city of New Orleans.”

On the Southern-Grambling rivalry:

Fobbs: “This game that we play this particular weekend is a heated rivalry. I call it a sibling rivalry because there are so many student-athletes on both sides that are cousins, that are high-school teammates and maybe even brothers that have to deal with the smack talk from Christmas, New Year’s and so forth. So that makes it a very heated rivalry and all of us who have siblings know how heated that rivalry can be from time to time.”

Dawson Odums

On catching up after not having spring practice:

Odums: “You can’t catch up. I tell people all the time, you’ve only got so many minutes in a day. When those minutes are gone, you never get them back. I never get yesterday back, so I can’t worry about these I don’t have. I’ve got to focus on the things that are in front of me and what I can control.”

On Grambling:

Odums: “They’re 8-0. Nobody has shown us on film how to beat them. We’ve got to figure it out ourselves. There isn’t any blueprint.”

On Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams:

Odums: “Jonathan Williams – are you kidding me? I was at the doctor’s office yesterday. I tried to get him to give a sick slip so I didn’t have to come down here but he said I was healthy enough to go. He’s scary. Have you seen him play? He’s scary to me. Figuring him out and keeping him under control is going to be a big part of the game.

On Southern quarterback Austin Howard:

Odums: “Who are we going to see? The one we’ve seen the last two weeks? I think he’s gotten better in the month of November. He’s executing at a high rate. His efficiency is great, but their guy is undefeated. He’s willed his team to win in the close ones and in the blowouts. I think our guy will play very well. I think we’ve got just as much talent around our guy as they have around theirs.

On Fobbs saying Grambling will be “stellar” on Saturday:

Odums: “They say they’re going to put on a stellar performance. I’m about to go Google that word. My definition might be a little off, but he says they’re going to put on a stellar performance. We’ll see. For a coach to say that you’re going to put on a stellar performance, I like the confidence and if I were 8-0 I’d be the same way – confident.”

On trying to hand Grambling its first SWAC loss of the season:

Odums: “We’re the underdogs, right? They’re 8-0. I’ve never heard of a team that’s 6-4 being picked over an 8-0 team. What’s the Vegas odds on that? I’m going to have to cut this interview short. I’ve got to go back and get some work done. We’re the underdogs and ya’ll are killing me. I’ve got to go get some preparation done.”

On the significance of Southern and Grambling both having winning programs:

Odums: “It’s great for the fans. It’s our Classic. We should be taking ownership of it whether the programs are good or bad. It’s our Thanksgiving weekend classic. We’re on the tube with some of the greatest rivalries in college football. That in itself is enough for them to embrace it and say, you know what, I don’t know what I’m doing Thanksgiving, but I need to make that a part of my Thanksgiving.”

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Mailbag: How Southern’s defense matches up with Grambling’s offense

It’s the start of Bayou Classic week, which means it’s time for the Southern online mailbag.

We ask for your questions on Twitter, you send them in and I answer them.

So here we go with the final Twitter mailbag of football season.

Les East ‏@EastAdvocate  Nov 22

Tweet me your questions re: Southern football and I’ll answer them in Twitter mailbag at http://www.theadvocate.com  on Monday. @AdvocateSports

MissBayouClassic @jstcallmesweet

@AdvocateSports @EastAdvocate How does our defense match up to Grambling’s offense? Is their team good enough to beat Alcorn? #southern

I think the Southern defense will have a hard time matching up with Grambling’s offense, just as every other opposing defense in the SWAC has.

Nobody in the SWAC has been able to slow down the Tigers offense, which has been more balanced this season with a consistently effective running game making quarterback Johnathan Williams that much more dangerous.

The Jaguars defensive front has played well for most of the year and if they can win the line of scrimmage and disrupt things in the Grambling backfield from time to time, it could lead to enough stops to give Southern’s offense a chance to outscore the Tigers.

As for whether Grambling is good enough to beat Alcorn State in the SWAC championship game the answer is definitely yes. The Tigers already beat the Braves on their homefield in the regular season, though it was by just a point in overtime.

Nonetheless that victory helped establish Grambling as the best team in the SWAC thus far. The Tigers haven’t lost a conference game and the Braves have lost two.

So Grambling probably would be considered a slight favorite for the title game Dec. 5 in Houston, but Alcorn is the defending conference champion and the title game shapes up as a very competitive game between two very good teams.

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Southern ranked No. 8, No. 10 heading into season finale

Though it didn’t play last week, Southern still re-entered the media rankings of Historically Black Colleges and Universities football programs on Monday.

The Jaguars (6-4 and 6-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference), who remained No. 8 in the coaches poll, returned to the media poll at No. 10 after a three-week absence.

Meanwhile, Southern’s opponent in the season finale in the Bayou Classic on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – Grambling – was a consensus No. 1. The Tigers moved up from No. 2 in both polls to supplant North Carolina A&T, which lost to North Carolina Central.

In the coaches poll, the Tigers received 15-of-20 first-place votes and No. 2 Bethune-Cookman received the other five.  Bethune-Cookman, whose win over Florida A&M in the Florida Classic secured it a share of the MEAC title with NCCU and N.C. A&T, was No. 2, followed by Prairie View and NCCU, all moving up one spot.  The Aggies fell to to No. 5.

Despite the Aggie loss and by virtue of the tie breaker rules N.C. A&T will represent the MEAC in the Celebration Bowl against either Alcorn State or Grambling, who will face off in the SWAC championship game on Dec. 5 in Houston.

In the media poll, Grambling received all but three first-place votes. No. 2 Bethune-Cookman received a No. 1 vote as did North Carolina Central, which moved up four spots to No. 4, behind the Aggies, who dropped to No. 3, one point ahead of the Eagles.

The next BOXTOROW Coaches and Media Polls will be released on Dec. 21 and will be the final polls that will determine the national champion.

The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches and media polls are administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW. The coaches poll is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll is voted on by media
members around the country who cover HBCU football.

Here are the complete rankings and Advocate Southern beat writer Les East’s ballot:

Coaches Poll

Rank    School                                        W-L     Pts.      Last Week
1.         Grambling (15)                        8-2       195      2
2.         Bethune-Cookman (5)        9-2       171      3
3.         Prairie View                              8-2       146      4
4.         North Carolina Central      8-3       142      5
5.         North Carolina A&T             9-2       138      1
6.         Alcorn State                              7-3       106      6
7.         South Carolina State            7-4       76        7
8.         Southern                                     6-4       60        8
9.         Hampton                                     6-5       41        9
10.       Alabama State                         6-5       23        10

Others receiving votes: Tennessee State (4-6) 2.

Media Poll

Rank    School                                         W-L     Pts.      Last Week
1.         Grambling (13)                         8-2       144      1
2.         Bethune-Cookman (1)         9-2       133      2
3.         North Carolina A&T (1)       9-2       119      3
4.         North Carolina Central (1) 8-3       118      4
5.         Prairie View                                 8-2       112      5
6.         Alcorn State                                 7-3       80        8
7.         Tuskegee                                       9-2       64        9
8.         South Carolina State               7-4       56        6
9.         Bowie State                                  9-3       33        10
10.       Southern                                       6-4       22        7

Others receiving votes: Virginia Union (8-3) 16, Alabama State (6-5) 9,
Hampton (6-5) 2, Virginia State (6-4) 1.

Les East’s ballot

Rank     School                                          W-L                Last Week

  1.           Grambling                                 8-2                   1
  2.           Prairie View                             8-2                   3
  3.           North Carolina Central     8-3                   8
  4.           North Carolina A&T            9-2                   2
  5.           Alcorn State                             7-3                   4
  6.           Bethune-Cookman              9-2                   6
  7.           Tuskegee                                   9-2                   7
  8.            South Carolina State         7-4                   8
  9.            Southern                                   6-4                   9
  10.            Virginia Union                        8-3                  10

Grambling looking for right balance on offense

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Southern, Grambling coaches focused on Bayou Classic

Southern enters the Bayou Classic against Grambling knowing it can’t win the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship.

Grambling enters Saturday’s regular-season finale in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, knowing no matter what happens it will play for the SWAC title a week later in Houston.

But the coaches of both teams said Monday that neither the absence nor presence of a title shot will interfere with the rivals’ task at hand.

“It’s unfortunate that we’re not playing for the championship,” Jaguars coach Dawson Odums said during the weekly SWAC coaches teleconference, “but we understand the value of the opportunity to play in the Classic. We get to play for the state of Louisiana championship on national television. Nobody else gets to do that.”

While Southern knows its season will end Saturday, the Tigers hope to be playing well into December. A victory against Alcorn State in the SWAC title game would send Grambling into the Inaugural Celebration Bowl against Mid-eastern Athletic Conference champion North Carolina A&T on Dec. 19 in Atlanta.

“At the beginning of the season our goals are to get double-digit wins, win the conference and win the Bayou Classic,” Tiger coach Broderick Fobbs said. “This is a chance to accomplish one of our goals.”

Defending SWAC champion Alcorn State secured the spot as Grambling’s opponent when it beat Alabama A&M last Saturday.

Former Glen Oaks star Johnta’ Hebert was named SWAC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in a 56-14 victory against Jackson State.

Hebert rushed for 212 yards and touchdowns of 19, 76 and 7 yards. He is one of two players in the nation that averages 200 all-­purpose yards per game.

He is the only player in the nation with at least 500 or more yards rushing, receiving and kick returning.

The Defensive Player of the Week was Prairie View linebacker Raleigh Johnson, the Special Teams Player of the Week was Alabama State punter Trevor Vincent, who’s from Youngsville, La., and the Newcomer of the Week was Alabama State quarterback Ellis Richardson.

Grambling looking for right balance on offense

Southern defensive leaders say underclassmen will be ready to pick up torch next season

Southern’s Devon Gales returns to embrace Georgia “family”

 

 

 

 

 

Online Mailbag: Time for a defensive coordinator? and expectations for Celebration Bowl and Bayou Classic

Monday means Southern mailbag time.

We ask you for your questions about the Jaguars, you tweet them to us and I answer them in our mailbag at www.theadvocate.com.

Southern clinched a winning season when it beat Alabama A&M 46-7 last Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. That improved the Jaguars record to 6-4 and 6-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference going into their open date this week.

The season comes to an end against West division champion Grambling on Nov. 28 in the Bayou Classic in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Here’s the latest installment of the online mailbag:

Les East @EastAdvocate

Tweet me your questions re: #Southern and I’ll answer them in Twitter mailbag at theadvocate.com Monday. @AdvocateSports

Reedy Macque Spigner @RMacqueS

@EastAdvocate can (coach Dawson Odums) bring the Defense around?

Here’s another version of the same question:

D Spears @Puck79D

Southern’s issue has been defense for Odums tenure. Do you think a defensive coordinator (not Odums) would help?

This is a common question from Southern fans and one that is not easy to answer. Certainly it’s a challenge for any head coach to also be a coordinator, but many do it successfully.

There are two questions involved here:

1) Is it likely that another defensive coordinator would do a better job than Odums?

2) If so, can Southern afford such a person?

First, things first. The Jaguars defense has been up and down during Odums’ tenure, but it has been good enough for Southern to have three consecutive winning seasons, win two West division titles and one SWAC championship.

The defensive improvement in the second half of the 2013 season was a key component to the championship. Last season, the defense had a disastrous performance in its regular-season loss to Alcorn State and played better but not good enough in the rematch in the SWAC title game. The rest of the season it played pretty well.

This season, with a lot of youngsters playing, the performance has been similar to last season. The defense was poor in losses to Prairie View and Alcorn State, but solid otherwise. In fact, much of the damage done in the six SWAC wins was done against backups after Southern had the games well in hand.

So there is room for improvement on the defense, but is it as simple as bringing in a coordinator to help Odums? Giving the budget constraints, it’s doubtful that the opening would be all that attractive to a proven candidate.

In other words, I wouldn’t look for such an addition to the staff this offseason, but if the defense is the Achilles heel of next year’s team, such a move could become more likely.

D Spears @Puck79D

Do you think the Celebration Bowl will be a success this year with Grambling/Alcorn vs NC A&T in Atlanta?

I think it will be a success. N.C. A&T is nearby and should be a boost to the event. Certainly, I think Southern was probably high on the sponsors’ wish list. Grambling would be an attractive SWAC representative as well. I don’t know if Alcorn would bring as many people as Southern or Grambling, but the Braves would definitely be a worthy representative.

Reedy Macque Spigner @RMacqueS

@EastAdvocate Will we be hearty for the classic? What will we work on to get better doing the break? Can our defense handle the Tigers?

Southern should be healthy, rested and poised to play perhaps its best game of the season in the Bayou Classic. The Jaguars will work on fundamentals during the open date this week, but I expect they will also add a new wrinkle or two. The defense will probably give up a lot of yards and points, but I suspect Grambling’s will as well. Both teams have better offenses than defenses.

We’ll have much more coverage as we get closer to the game, but there’s every reason to believe this game will be as tight, high-scoring and highly-entertaining as last year’s game.

That’s it for this week’s mailbag. We’ll be soliciting more questions via Twitter next Sunday and Monday, but you can tweet questions to @EastAdvocate any time and we’ll include them in the next mailbag.

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Southern doesn’t move in polls after second straight lopsided victory

Southern remained No. 8 in the coaches poll and just outside the top 10 of the media poll in the latest rankings of Historically Black Colleges and Universities released Monday.

The Jaguars, 6-4 and 6-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, didn’t move despite their second consecutive lopsided victory. They beat Alabama A&M 46-7 in their home finale a week after winning at Arkansas-Pine Bluff 57-24.

There was little movement in either poll. North Carolina A&T remained No. 1 in both polls and was a unanimous selection among the coaches, whose top eight remained the same. N.C. A&T was followed by Grambling, Bethune-Cookman, Prairie View and North Carolina Central, Alcorn State, South Carolina State and Southern. No. 9 Hampton and No. 10 Alabama State swapped places from a week go.

In the media poll the top five were unchanged – North Carolina A&T, Grambling, Bethune-Cookman, Prairie View and Alcorn State. North Carolina Central made
the biggest leap, going from No. 8 to No. 6 after a dominant win at
Howard.

Bowie State’s loss to Winston-Salem State in the CIAA championship game allowed for South Carolina State, Tuskegee and Virginia Union to move up. The Bulldogs dropped three spots to No. 10. Southern remained tops among others receiving votes, finishing with 12 points, three more than it had last week but eight fewer than Bowie State.

With its win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling clinched the SWAC West division title and a berth in the SWAC championship game. But first the Tigers have to play Southern in the Bayou Classic on Nov. 28 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Alcorn State can clinch the East with a win over Alabama A&M on Saturday.

In the MEAC, North Carolina A&T controls its own destiny and a win over arch-rival North Carolina Central would give the Aggies the title outright; a loss would mean a share of the title with at least NCCU.

A win by Bethune-Cookman against Florida A&M in the Florida Classic with an A&T loss means the Wildcats would also share the title with N.C. A&T and NCCU.

The BOXTOROW HBCU FCS coaches and media polls are administered by FROM THE PRESS BOX TO PRESS ROW. The coaches poll is voted on by the HBCU Football Championship Subdivision coaches and the media poll is voted on by media
members around the country who cover HBCU football.

Here are the complete rankings and Advocate Southern beat writer Les East’s ballot:

Coaches Poll

Rank    School                                            W-L     Pts.      Last Week
1.         North Carolina A&T (19)       9-1       190      1
2.         Grambling                                      8-2       169       2
3.         Bethune-Cookman                  8-2       155       3
4.         Prairie View                                 7-2       131       4
5.         North Carolina Central         7-3       115       5
6.         Alcorn State                                 6-3          96        6
7.         South Carolina State               6-4          74        7
8.         Southern                                        6-4          59         8
9.         Hampton                                        6-5          36        10
10.       Alabama State                            5-5         13         9

Others receiving votes: Tennessee State (4-5) 6, Morgan State (4-5) 2.

Media Poll

Rank    School                                           W-L     Pts.      Last Week
1.         North Carolina A&T (12)       9-1       156      1
2.         Grambling (4)                               8-2       147      2
3.         Bethune-Cookman                   8-2       124      3
4.         Prairie View                                  7-2       116      4
5.         Alcorn State                                  6-3       90        5
6.         North Carolina Central          7-3       70        8
7.         South Carolina State               6-4       65        6
8.         Tuskegee                                       8-2       45        9
9.         Virginia Union                            8-2       23        10
10.       Bowie State                                 9-2       20        7

Others receiving votes: Southern (6-4) 12, Hampton (6-5) 6,
Miles (7-4) 4, Winston-Salem State (6-5) 1.

Les East’s ballot

  1. Grambling                              8-2                   1
  2. North Carolina A&T        9-1                   2
  3. Prairie View                          7-2                   3
  4. Alcorn State                          6-3                   5
  5. Bethune-Cookman           8-2                   4
  6. Tuskegee                                8-2                   6
  7. South Carolina State       6-4                   7
  8. North Carolina Central  7-3                   8
  9. Southern                                 6-4                   NR
  10. Virginia Union                     8-2                   10

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Southern, Grambling focus on basics during open date before Bayou Classic week

Southern plans a short work week during its open date before plunging into preparations for the Bayou Classic.

When the Jaguars had an open date the first week in October, they practiced Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before taking two days off. This time, they’re practicing Monday and Tuesday before taking three days off, then resuming a game-week routine Sunday.

“We’ve played six games in a row,” coach Dawson Odums said Mondau during the Southwestern Athletic Conference coaches teleconference. “We’re going to work on a few things and see if we can get a little better with the fundamentals.

“We’re going to take some time off to heal and get ready for the last game. We have some nicks and bruises. We’re going to modify our practices and still get a lot of work done.”

Southern’s final opponent – Grambling – is taking a similar approach during its open date this week.

“We’ve told the players to focus on three areas,” coach Broderick Fobbs said. “Those areas are their mental approach, their physical development and their technical development.”

The Tigers (8-0 in the SWAC) clinched the West division title when they beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff last Saturday.

Grambling’s opponent in the SWAC championship game Dec. 5 in Houston likely will be defending SWAC champion Alcorn State. The Braves (5-2) can clinch the East division with a victory against Alabama A&M on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Southern defensive end Aaron Tiller was named SWAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

The sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, had four tackles for loss, including three sacks, and forced two fumbles in the Jaguars 46-7 victory against Alabama A&M last Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Tiller finished with five total tackles as Southern held the Bulldogs to 110 total yards. He took over the SWAC lead with 10 sacks for the season.

It was the ninth SWAC player of the week award won by Jaguars this season. Previously,

QB Austin Howard was named Offensive Player of the Week three times, RS Willie Quinn was named Special Teams Player of the Week three times and linebackers Daniel Brown and Kentavious Preston were named Defensive Player of the Week once each.

Alcorn State QB Lenorris Footman, who was named Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in relief of injured starter John Gibbs. Jr. in a victory at Southern three weeks ago, won that honor again Monday.

The sophomore from Monticello, Fla., accounted for 260 total yards and four touchdowns in the Braves’ 65­-13 win at Texas Southern. Footman completed 11-­of-­18 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns. All of Footman’s scores came in the first half as Alcorn State took a 38-­0 lead.

Former Rayville (La.) High School punter of Grambling was named Special Teams Player of the Week.

The junior averaged 33.6 yards on five punts, four of which were downed inside the 20-yard line in the Tigers 49-31 victory at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Prairie View freshman CB Dominique Weaver was named Newcomer of the Week. He had an interception, two pass break-ups and three tackles, including one for loss, in the Panthers 38-­13 victory at Alabama State.

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Defensive end Aaron Tiller named SWAC Defensive Player of the Week

Southern defensive end Aaron Tiller was named Southwestern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

The sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, had four tackles for loss, including three sacks, and forced two fumbles in the Jaguars 46-7 victory against Alabama A&M last Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Tiller finished with five total tackles as Southern held the Bulldogs to 110 total yards. He took over the SWAC lead with 10 sacks for the season.

It was the ninth SWAC player of the week award won by Jaguars this season. Previously,

QB Austin Howard was named Offensive Player of the Week three times, RS Willie Quinn was named Special Teams Player of the Week three times and linebackers Daniel Brown and Kentavious Preston were named Defensive Player of the Week once each.

Alcorn State QB Lenorris Footman, who was named Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in relief of injured starter John Gibbs. Jr. in a victory at Southern three weeks ago, won that honor again Monday.

The sophomore from Monticello, Fla., accounted for 260 total yards and four touchdowns in the Braves’ 65­-13 win at Texas Southern. Footman completed 11-­of-­18 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns. All of Footman’s scores came in the first half as Alcorn State took a 38-­0 lead.

Former Rayville (La.) High School punter of Grambling was named Special Teams Player of the Week.

The junior averaged 33.6 yards on five punts, four of which were downed inside the 20-yard line in the Tigers 49-31 victory at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Prairie View freshman CB Dominique Weaver was named Newcomer of the Week. He had an interception, two pass break-ups and three tackles, including one for loss, in the Panthers 38-­13 victory at Alabama State.

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Numerous Southern seniors will start in their final home game Saturday

Southern is expected to start mostly seniors when they play the final home game of their career against Alabama A&M on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. in A.W. Mumford Stadium.

A total of 23 seniors will be playing their final home game for the Jaguars, 5-4 and 5-2 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Bulldogs are 2-6 and 2-4.

Though the seniors will take center stage, junior running back Lenard Tillery will be in the spotlight as well. He needs 25 yards to have his second consecutive 1,000-yard season, which hasn’t been done by a Southern running back since Steve Wofford did it in 1997-98.

Tillery needs 93 yards to break Wofford’s career rushing record of 3,015.

For in-game updates, follow @EastAdvocate and @Mike_Gegs on Twitter.

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Twitter mailbag: Lenard Tillery approaching milestones; Southern eyes new playing surface

It’s Monday and time for the Week 11 Southern mailbag.

We solicit questions via Twitter and I answer them in our online mailbag at www.theadvocate.com on Monday. Here’s what we came up with this week:

Les East @EastAdvocate

Tweet me your questions re: #Southern football and we’ll post them in our Twitter mailbag Monday at theadvcocate.com @AdvocateSports

Travis Carrell @TcarrellTravis

@EastAdvocate @AdvocateSports can someone please make sure Tillery gets up in time for breakfast? Lol seriously great guy deserves the 1000

A: In case you missed it, the reference is to Tillery being benched for the first quarter of Southern’s 57-24 victory at Arkansas-Pine Bluff last Saturday because was late for breakfast earlier in the week. Once he got in the game, Tillery ran for 111 yards, leaving him 25 yards short of a second consecutive 1,000-yard season. He’s 112 yards short of becoming the school’s all-time leading rusher.

Travis Carrell @TcarrellTravis

@EastAdvocate @AdvocateSports one thing stood out at UAPB, the field! Beautiful green grass. That is a playing surface that has effort

Travis Carrell @TcarrellTravis

@EastAdvocate @AdvocateSports put towards it’s maintenance. The downpour at AW wouldn’t have been so bad if there was actual grass or

Travis Carrell

@TcarrellTravis

@EastAdvocate @AdvocateSports turf on the field. Do you know if there are any plans to completely resurface Mumford? It’s deplorable

A: Southern interim athletic director Roman Banks said Monday that the university is hopeful of raising enough money to replace the turf inside A.W. Mumford Stadium during the offseason. BTW, former AD William Broussard tweeted this response to the question:

william broussard @Jag_Me_Out

@TcarrellTravis @EastAdvocate the LATech guarantee this year ($350k) included enough $ to resurface/replant the field for 2016.

BTW, Banks said the money from the Louisiana Tech game had to be used on a variety of expenses and couldn’t be dedicated strictly to the field. That’s why he’s working to raise private funds for the new playing surface.

Travis Carrell @TcarrellTravis

@Jag_Me_Out @EastAdvocate that’s great news! Thanks for your work and negotiations

william broussard @Jag_Me_Out

@TcarrellTravis @EastAdvocate only wish it could’ve been done sooner. The playing/practice surface at Mumford has been a concern for a while

Travis Carrell @TcarrellTravis

@Jag_Me_Out @EastAdvocate with the addition of the new soccer field it will help alleviate a huge strain on it as well.

Travis Carrell @TcarrellTravis

@Jag_Me_Out @EastAdvocate however it takes year round care to properly maintain. Does SU have a dedicated grounds crew?

william broussard @Jag_Me_Out

@TcarrellTravis @EastAdvocate 1.5 people that do the work of about 5 men, like much of what we do at Southern!

Thanks to Dr. Broussard for supplying information.

We’ll solicit questions for next week’s mailbag next Sunday and Monday, but you can tweet mailbag questions any time and we’ll hold them for inclusion in the next mailbag.

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