Southern football coach Dawson Odums identified three key facets the Jaguars will emphasize this week as they prepare for Saturday’s Southwestern Conference opener against Prairie View:
Rushing offense, rushing defense and special teams play.
The Jaguars’ ground game has accumulated a meager 165 yards rushing in their first two games, while the defense has been gashed for 564 yards rushing.
“If we correct those three areas, I think it would really improve our chances of winning football games,” Odums said.
Junior receiver Bradley Brown and sophomore defensive back Dionte McDuffy remain out as Southern awaits a ruling from the NCAA on the players’ eligibility for the season.
Odums said Tuesday that there will be changes made in the starting lineup this weekend.
“He believes that every time he touches the football he can score.” Odums said of Quinn.
Balancier has been suspended for the first quarter of Saturday’s game, Odums said.
“I want to make sure that guys understand that first of all, guys have got to go to class and do the necessary things off the field as well,” Odums said. “If they’re going to be on this football team, they need to do things the right way.”
Balancier is suspended for his pregame remarks that he made in reference to Northwestern State last week.
Southern freshman tailback Lenard Tillery is expected to see action in his first college game Saturday night against Prairie View.
Tillery is recovering from a lower leg injury that has kept him out of the Jaguars first two games.
“He’s a guy that’s determined to get a yard,” Odums said. “He won’t be denied.”
Odums described Tillery’s status in practice this week as a “full go.”
Sophomore defensive back Jaleel Richardson continues to recover from a shoulder injury suffered in the opener against Houston.
Richardson is questionable for the Jaguars’ home opener.
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