By Mike McCall
Another Tuesday, another time Dawson Odums puts up with us media folks and talks Southern football. This week, the topics included Saturday’s crushing loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff, the chance for redemption against Prairie View, the sputtering offense and the rash of injuries plaguing the Jaguars.
Here are some key points:
- On staying motivated after losing a shot at first place… “I believe we have some good players still on this football team, we have a football team that still believes, and we’re just looking forward to getting back on the field because the only way you can erase that is by going out, playing better and winning the next football game.” Continue reading
By Mike McCall
Welcome to the fourth installment of our Foreign Exchange series, where we examine Southern’s upcoming game through a different perspective. This week, I.C. Murrell, the Pine Bluff Commercial sports editor who also covers Arkansas-Pine Bluff, was kind enough to put up with my badgering and answer a few questions about the Golden Lions.
Q: Just how good is this team? There are no eye-popping stats, but they’re consistently doing enough to win.
- I.C. – This team has all the capability in the world but they’re not as consistent or disciplined in their play as they should be. Continue reading
By Mike McCall
Southern interim coach Dawson Odums held his weekly press conference on Tuesday, discussing his team’s 34-7 homecoming win over Texas Southern and previewing Saturday’s clash with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, where first place in the SWAC West will be up for grabs.
Highlights below. Continue reading
By Mike McCall
We’re a day away from Southern’s 4 p.m. showdown at Alcorn State, where the Jaguars will go for three in a row. Yes, you did read that right. Even though the game was originally scheduled for 2 p.m., it was moved back and will be broadcast live on ESPN3.com with a tape-delayed showing on ESPNU.
Oh, and you also read it right that Southern has won two straight. Been a crazy few weeks at SU, and things will only get more fun if the Jags pull out another win. To get you ready, here’s a roundup of the key storylines heading into this contest. Check them out and click the links for more details: Continue reading
(Note: by Mike McCall)
This is an all-around bummer of a post, but let’s chalk it up to a case of the Mondays.
First, the biggest (and worst) news out of practice today: Jerry Joseph (pictured) will likely miss the entire season due to a meniscus tear that will require surgery. Because the tear is in the inner portion of the meniscus (rather than the outside, which can often heal on its own) coach Stump Mitchell estimated about a six-month recovery time.
Joseph was slated to start at running back alongside (or slightly behind) Sylvester Nzekwe, and even though his numbers last season weren’t anything to write home about (nine carries, 25 yards), that made him the second-best back in Southern’s anemic rushing attack and coaches were excited about his potential.
Joseph was supposed to be the power back, Nzekwe the quick one. Instead, Nzekwe is still battling an ankle injury, and no solid No. 2 option has emerged between Darrius Coleman (a converted DB), Lenard Tillery (a freshman) and Terrance Clayton (a former track sprinter).
Nzekwe practiced Monday (but not full speed), while Tillery returned from a rib injury. This group was already a concern, and those concerns grow exponentially larger with Joseph out, because now the Jags really need two of those next three to step up. We might see an awful lot of fullbacks Brian McCain, Lee Mitchell and David Chin.
As for Joseph’s future, he’s a redshirt senior, but Southern can apply to get him another year of eligibility in light of the injury. Wishing the best for him. Good dude. Continue reading
(Note: Technology has conspired against me getting this blog up, so I’m posting from legendary Southern beat writer Joe Schiefelbein’s account. Make sure to direct any fawning praise/angry tirades to me, Mike McCall).
Southern held its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday, and your opinion of the Jaguars’ play will depend on your philosophy.
For the glass-half-full types, there was a stout first-team defense, a few big plays on offense and signs of life from the kickers. Meanwhile, those who tend to see the glass as half empty would point to dropped interceptions, mostly stagnant offense and a nonexistent rushing game.
Point being, Southern is a work in progress.
The Jaguars ran 13 drives, beginning at the 35-yard line, midfield and then red zone drills from the 25, rotating through quarterbacks and the first, second and third strings. All in all, there were 20 points scored: One touchdown on a drive that started on the 35, one TD on a drive from the 50, and two field goals (with one miss) out of the four red-zone drives.
Both J.P. Douglas and Dray Joseph got chances to work with the starting offense, and the results were up-and-down across the board.
Let’s take a look, position by position. Continue reading