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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 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 →

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 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 →

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 →

Southern at Alcorn State: Four downs

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman quarterback Austin Howard takes a snap from sophomore center Terrell Lee during practice Aug. 5.

Alcorn can’t be sure just how Southern is going to use its quarterbacks. Austin Howard will play, probably will start and might even go the distance. But the wild card is Deonte Shorts, who started the first three games while splitting time with Howard. The Jaguars played Howard the whole way last week after Shorts… Continue reading →

Versatile Hendrick Taylor steps forward for Alcorn State

Southern Mississippi's Markese Triplett (23) attempts to get past Alcorn State's Hendrick Taylor (30) during an NCAA college football game in Hattiesburg, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/The Hattiesburg American, Kelly Price) The Associated Press

Playing in a star-studded secondary such as Alcorn State’s can make it hard to stand out above the crowd with distinguished play. Despite his role as a non-starter, senior Hendrick Taylor has managed to earn the acclaim of his peers and coaching staff with exemplary play and leadership, playing both safety and nickelback. “He’s a very… Continue reading →

Southern linebacker Roshaud Turner moving up fast

Associated Press photo by Jay Sailors -- Southern linebacker Roshaud Turner, left, and kicker Greg Pittman celebrate after defeating Alabama State last season in Montgomery, Ala.

Linebacker Roshaud Turner went from scout team player to starter in two years. Turner got his first career start against Prairie View on Saturday in place of linebacker Javon Allen, who recently had surgery on a hand injury. Turner finished second on the team in tackles with 12 total (eight solo) in the win.… Continue reading →

Southern secondary basks in glow of rebound effort

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern defensive backs Ki-Jana Curtis, left, and Danny Johnson celebrate a critical defensive stand deep in their territory in the last minutes of the Jaguars' 34-24 win in Prairie View Saturday.

The players were the same, but the performance was much different. The same Southern secondary that was nearly defenseless in a loss to Northwestern State two weeks ago was much improved and a key component of the Jaguars victory at Prairie View last Saturday. Late-breaking certification issues forced Southern to sit three starting defensive backs —… Continue reading →

Southern’s Austin Howard impressed in first solo showing at quarterback

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

Southern decided two wasn’t better than one in its Southwestern Athletic Conference opener. The Jaguars had played two quarterbacks — Deonte Shorts and Austin Howard — in each of their three preconference games, and they initially planned to do the same when they visited Prairie View on Saturday. But Shorts was limited in practice last week after taking… Continue reading →

Southern Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNISPrairie View quarterback Jerry Lovelocke tries to run around Southern linebackers Roshaud Turner and Demetrius Carter in the first half of Saturday's game.

Coming up Southern (2-2, 1-0) goes on the road again to face Southwestern Athletic Conference East division opponent Alcorn State at 4 p.m. Saturday in Spinks-Casem Stadium in Lorman, Miss. The Braves are 3-1 and 1-0 after winning their SWAC opener at Mississippi Valley State (52-9) on Saturday. Last season, Alcorn beat the Jaguars 44-38 in… Continue reading →

Southern defense slows down Prairie View, stands tall after rough week

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern defensive back Bryan Anderson returns an interception during the first half of Saturday's game against Prairie View at Blackshear Stadium. The Jaguars won 34-24.

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Facing a fourth down in the final seconds Saturday, Prairie View quarterback Jerry Lovelocke scrambled all over the field looking for a receiver. Instead, the senior was greeted by four Southern pass rushers, who took down the preseason all-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection to seal a 34-24 win for the Jaguars at Blackshear Stadium. The… Continue reading →

Southern running back Lenard Tillery shines against Prairie View again

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern running back Lennard Tillery (21) breaks free from Prairie View corner back Foster Brown (24) to score Southern's first touchdown in the first half in Prairie View Saturday.

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas — Lenard Tillery did it to Prairie View again. The Southern running back ran for 135 yards and a 36-yard touchdown run that jump-started the Jaguars’ wire-to-wire 34-24 victory against Prairie View on Saturday night at Blackshear Stadium. Almost exactly a year ago, Tillery rushed for three touchdowns as the Jaguars beat the Panthers 62-59 in… Continue reading →

Southern 34, Prairie View 24: Three-and-out

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern defensive tackle Gabe Echols (90) admonishes  Prairie View running back Johnta Hebert (3)  not to try to run against the Southern defense in the first half in Prairie View Saturday.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Champions have a lot of muscle memory. Southern entered the game without 10 starters and six key reserves because of injuries and academic issues and still played like the team that won the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship last season. At times in nonconference play, the Jaguars looked shell-shocked and lacking confidence —… Continue reading →

Southern, Prairie View in early SWAC showdown

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern running back Lenard Tillery is pursued by Prairie View  linebacker Jamespaul Bryant last season at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern finished first and Prairie View was second in the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division last season. The Jaguars’ 62-59 victory against the Panthers in A.W. Mumford Stadium a year and a week ago made the difference. These teams were again picked to finish first and second in the West, and their meeting at 6… Continue reading →

Four Downs: Southern at Prairie View

1 Little House This game will be played at what could be called “The Little House on the Prairie.” Blackshear Field is Prairie View’s seldom-used on-campus facility, which has a capacity of about 5,000. In recent years the Panthers have played most of their home games in nearby Houston and some games against Southern have also been played in… Continue reading →

Turnovers play role in Southern’s struggles

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State's Fred Thomas intercepts a ball thrown by Southern's Deonte Shorts during last week's game at A.W. Mumford Stadium. Though a pass interference call wiped out this play, Southern committed five turnovers against the Demons.

Southern lost the football five times in its loss to Northwestern State last week. Quarterbacks committed four of the five turnovers: Austin Howard threw three interceptions and Deonte Shorts fumbled. “It’s just hard to win the ballgame when you turn the football over,” coach Dawson Odums said. “One of the No. 1 things you have to… Continue reading →

Southern lineman eligible for season

Southern announced Wednesday that offensive lineman Reginald Redding is academically eligible for the rest of the season and was in good standing when he played against Northwestern State last Saturday. Redding, who sat out the first two games of the season while awaiting recertification after his initial certification was revoked, said Tuesday that he was told a… Continue reading →

Another Southern player in limbo

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Junior offensive lineman Reginald Redding watches a drill during practice at Southern's Practice Fields, Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

As Southern sought to clarify its ongoing eligibility saga Tuesday, another player’s uncertain status came to light. The university put out a statement regarding the 11th-hour withholding of three starting defensive backs before the Jaguars’ 51-27 loss to Northwestern State on Saturday. Athletic Director William Broussard took the podium before coach Dawson Odums’ weekly news conference to… Continue reading →