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Back in the game, Southern’s Dionte McDuffy steps forward as a defensive leader

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Rhaheim Ledbetter (20), LeMar Martin (41), Dionte McDuffy (23), and Bryan Anderson (38) celebrate after knocking the ball away from Arkansas Pine Bluff's Isiah Ferguson (14) for an incomplete pass Saturday, Oct. 4, at Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The first seven weeks of Dionte McDuffy’s junior season at Southern were a roller-coaster ride. In Weeks 1 and 2, McDuffy started and contributed on defense as expected, but he was one of several players pulled just before the Northwestern State game in Week 3 because of uncertainty surrounding their academic standing. So he spent three weeks practicing,… Continue reading →

Southern sees SWAC race take shape

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Southern Jaguars get pumped up in the tunnel before taking the field prior to kickoff against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern’s open date this weekend gives it a chance to sit back and assess the Southwestern Athletic Conference race. The defending SWAC champion Jaguars (4-3 and 3-1) are in the thick of the West Division race with five games remaining. There are just three games on the SWAC schedule this weekend as three other teams —… Continue reading →

Southern names interim coaches

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIGSouthern Athletic Director William Broussard says 'If sanctions are introduced, we want to be able to mitigate them as much as possible. ... We’ve got to get out of the mire we’re in right now.'

Southern has filled a couple of vacancies by naming assistant coaches as interim coaches, Athletic Director William Broussard said Tuesday. Teremine White has been named interim track and field coach, replacing Brian Johnson, who resigned during the summer to take an assistant’s position at Georgia; and John GarrisContinue reading →

Southern welcomes a well-timed open date

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Justin Morgan (9) slips the tackle attempt by Alabama A&M's Anthony Lanier on a fake field goal Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Louis Crews Stadium.

Southern plans the football equivalent of a working vacation during its open date this week. The Jaguars began by giving the players a welcome day off from practice Monday, but they’ll be back on the field Tuesday, the start of three straight days of workouts. “We’ve played seven games in a row, and we’re a little… Continue reading →

Southern Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKSouthern quarterback Austin Howard hands off to Malcolm Crockett against Alabama A&M on Saturday.

Coming up Southern (4-3, 3-1) has the first of two open dates before returning to the road to visit Jackson State on Oct. 25. The Tigers, the defending Southwestern Athletic East Division champions, are 3-4 and 1-3 after losing their homecoming game to Mississippi Valley State 27-23 on Saturday. JSU also has an open date… Continue reading →

Southern defense regroups, dominates second half at Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Aaron Tiller sacks Alabama A&M quarterback Jaymason Lee during Saturday's game at Lewis Crews Stadium in Normal, Ala.

NORMAL, Ala. — Southern entered Saturday’s game against Alabama A&M with one of the worst defenses in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Jaguars — who gave up almost 700 yards two weeks ago in a 56-14 loss to Alcorn State — came in allowing almost 38 points and 440 yards per game, and after the… Continue reading →

Southern 35, Alabama A&M 34: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Anthony Clark  celebrates on the field following the Jaguars' 35-34 win over Alabama A&M Saturday, Oct. 11, at Louis Crews Stadium

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Southern isn’t easily fazed by falling behind. The Jaguars’ comeback from a 20-point third-quarter deficit to win Saturday was reminiscent of several comebacks last season — most notably beating A&M in double OT after falling behind by threee points with 49 seconds left and overcoming a 22-point deficit against Prairie View to… Continue reading →

Austin Howard is growing into starter’s role at QB for Southern

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard (7) runs in for a touchdown in the first half at Prairie View.

Austin Howard makes his fourth consecutive start at quarterback for Southern when it visits Alabama A&M on Saturday. Barring something unexpected, he’ll go the distance for the fourth consecutive game after spelling now-injured starter Deonte Shorts in the first three games. Though the time off and an impending open date might allow Shorts to return to… Continue reading →

Four Downs: Southern at Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Justin Morgan (9) watches a gameplay from the bench area against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

1. LOSS LINGERS Alabama A&M celebrated what it thought was a 17-14 win last season when Southern QB Dray Joseph was called for grounding from the Bulldogs 10-yard line and the officials called for the requisite 10-second runoff, which ended the game. But Jaguars coach Dawson Odums pointed out that Southern had a timeout it wished to use… Continue reading →

Alabama A&M’s Montaurius Smith just keeps catching passes

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Alabama A&M wide receiver Montaurius Smith (4) makes the grab against Southern defensive backs Johnathan Mack (32) and Dionte McDuffy on Oct. 12, 2013.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Privately, Montaurius Smith vowed to become the best receiver in Alabama A&M history when he showed up five years ago. Publicly, the 6-foot, 177-pound senior kept his thoughts to himself. Smith wanted to be better than John Stallworth, who went on to win four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.… Continue reading →

Danny Johnson helps lead improved Southern defense

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Danny Johnson (10) and Rhaheim Ledbetter (20) tackle Arkansas Pine Bluff's Marvante King (24), Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern wide receiver Justin Morgan reflected on the Jaguars first workout in full pads during preseason camp in early August. He was recalling the first time freshman cornerback Danny Johnson grabbed his attention. “He was out there knocking everything down; no matter what we threw, he was knocking it down,” Morgan said before practice Tuesday. “That… Continue reading →

Southern Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Danny Johnson brings down Arkansas-Pine Bluff's Willie Young on Saturday at Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Coming up Southern (3-3, 2-1 Southwestern Athletic Conference) begins the second half of the season when it visits Alabama A&M at 1 p.m. Saturday in Louis Crews Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama. The Bulldogs are 2-4 and 1-2 after a 38-28 homecoming loss to Grambling on Saturday. Last season, Southern beat A&M 20-17 in double overtime. The Bulldogs… Continue reading →

Southern quarterback Austin Howard has his most complete game yet against Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard, left, jokes around with teammates John West and Jamarcus Jarvis on the sideline against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Having a short memory following mistakes was generally a boon to Southern’s offense Saturday night against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. It was especially effective for true freshman quarterback Austin Howard. Despite two turnovers, Howard turned in the best overall game of his just-beginning Southern career, directing the Jaguars to a 51-36 Southwestern Athletic Conference win over the Golden… Continue reading →

Five Southern players return to lineup for win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's De'Andre Woodland (5) points to the bench area before the snap against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern didn’t only welcome back alumni for its homecoming game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Jaguars also welcomed back five players from this year’s team. Three defensive backs — Dionte McDuffy, D’Andre Woodland and Jaleel Richardson — were cleared academically to participate and two running backs — Jamarcus Jarvis and Malcolm Crockett — returned… Continue reading →

Big plays highlight Southern’s 51-36 homecoming victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Justin Morgan is chased out of bounds at the 2-yard line against Arkansas Pine Bluff on Saturday.

Southern showed off for its homecoming crowd with a series of spectacular plays in a 51-36 victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday night in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Freshman quarterback Austin Howard overcame a fumble for an early Golden Lions touchdown to pass for 230 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 14-of-22 passes and ran nine times for… Continue reading →

Jaguars punter Paul Randall Soden regaining his form

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern punter Paul Randle Soden (58) punts from deep in his team's territory in the final minutes of Southern's 34-24 win in Prairie View Saturday.

Punter Paul Randall Soden averaged 45.4 yards on seven punts Saturday, landing five of those punts inside Alcorn State’s 20-yard line. That was his best average of the season, and most improved performance since being replaced during Southern’s loss to Northwestern State two weeks before. The sophomore has been starting punter since his freshman season. But… Continue reading →

Southern finds new playmakers

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums walks the sideline against Northwestern State on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern has a lot of playmakers on offense, but it has almost as many on the sideline as on the field. A rash of injuries has led to different players taking on different roles virtually every week. “We’ve got to find a way to get the ball to those guys that can make plays,” coach… Continue reading →

Southern puts its focus on third down

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State's Anthony Williams Jr. slips out of the grasp of Southern's Ki-Jana Curtis during Saturday's game at Spinks-Casem Stadium in Lorman, Miss. Alcorn gained 682 yards from scrimmage in its 56-16 win.

Southern has plenty of work to do this week to fix its defense. The Jaguars gave up 410 rushing yards, 682 total yards and 39 first downs in Saturday’s 56-16 loss at Alcorn State. The defense’s inability to slow the Braves contributed to Southern’s largest margin of defeat in a Southwestern Athletic Conference game since a 54-7… Continue reading →

Monday Morning Rewind: Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard carries the ball past Alcorn State's Corey Williams in Saturday's game.

Coming up Southern (2-3, 1-1) plays its first Southwestern Athletic Conference home game when it meets Arkansas-Pine Bluff for homecoming at 5:30 p.m. Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Golden Lions are 1-3 and 0-2 after a 33-30 overtime loss at home to Jackson State last Saturday. Last season, Lenard Tillery rushed for 136 yards and a… Continue reading →

Alcorn State 56, Southern 16: Three-and-out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Herbert Edwards holds onto the ball while being stopped by a host of Alcorn State defenders during Saturday's game at Spinks-Casem Stadium. The Braves won 56-16.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED That Alcorn is the real deal. Alabama State has been a popular pick to win the SWAC East, and the Hornets have done nothing to suggest they’re not capable of doing just that. But Alcorn has been equally impressive, and its home game against Alabama State on Thursday could determine the East.… Continue reading →

Alcorn State too much for Southern defense to slow down

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Alcorn State's Anthony Williams Jr. slips out of the grasp of Southern's Ki-Jana Curtis during Saturday's game at Spinks-Casem Stadium in Lorman, Miss. Alcorn gained 682 yards from scrimmage in its 56-16 win.

LORMAN, Miss. — Southern had its chances to seize momentum Saturday at Alcorn State, but falling behind on the scoreboard left little room for error. Sporting the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s most prolific offense, Alcorn was relentless as it pulled away from Southern in the second half, showing off an impressively balanced attack as it routed… Continue reading →

Alcorn State routs Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Gabe Echols  forces Alcorn State's Darryan Ragsdale to fumble during Saturday's game. The fumble was recovered by Southern's Rashaud Turner.

LORMAN, Miss. — Alcorn State was the last team to beat Southern before the Jaguars began their run to the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship last season. The Braves beat Southern again Saturday, 56-16 at Spinks-Casem Stadium, and they looked like a team capable a making a run at a SWAC title of their… Continue reading →

Is Southern-Alcorn a SWAC title game preview?

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Willie Quinn is tackled by Northwestern State's Sylvester Grimble on Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

It has been 11 months since a football team from the Southwestern Athletic Conference has beaten Southern. Five consecutive SWAC opponents have lost to the Jaguars, including Jackson State in the conference title game last December and Prairie View in Southern’s league opener last week. The last SWAC team to defeat the Jaguars was Alcorn State,… Continue reading →