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Southern Monday morning rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts runs the ball in for a touchdown against Northwestern State on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Coming up Southern (1-2) begins defense of its Southwestern Athletic Conference championship when it visits Prairie View at 6 p.m. Saturday in Blackshear Stadium. The Panthers are 0-2 after a 48-16 loss at McNeese State on Saturday, and they’re 0-1 in the SWAC, having lost to Texas Southern 37-35 in the season opener Aug. 31. Last… Continue reading →

Northwestern State 57, Southern 21: Three-and-out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Demetrius Carter tackles Northwestern State's Garrett Atzenweiler during Saturday's game at A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Demons won 57-21.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED Southern is having and probably will continue to have growing pains at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Deonte Shorts and true freshman Austin Howard have both been inconsistent through three games, and both were very erratic Saturday night. Shorts looked jittery in the early going and his fumble was returned 9 yards… Continue reading →

Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins feasts on Southern secondary

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins (8) throws a completion against Southern, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

A perfect storm of sorts, created when a depleted secondary faced a razor-sharp quarterback, proved to be too much for Southern to overcome Saturday night against Northwestern State. Before the game, Jaguars coach Dawson Odums said he didn’t think the outcome would mirror last year’s lopsided loss in Natchitoches. Demons quarterback Zach Adkins had other ideas. He… Continue reading →

Eligibility struggles return for Southern before Northwestern State cruises to 51-27 win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Northwestern State's Garrett Atzenweiler prepares to collide wtih Southern's Bryan Anderson in Saturday's game at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern’s chronic eligibility issues dealt the Jaguars secondary a 1-2-3 punch just before kickoff Saturday night in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Northwestern State quarterback Zach Adkins was even harder on the defensive backfield, setting school records with 30 completions for the game and 19 consecutive, as well as tying a school record with four touchdown passes. Adkins, a senior who… Continue reading →

Southern defense leans on youngsters

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums and secondary coach Marty Biagi chat on the sideline.

The future is now for the back end of the Southern defense. Nearly half of the players on the two-deep at defensive back and linebacker are either true freshmen or redshirt freshmen. It’s partly by design — talented players ready to contribute — and partly out of necessity — ineligible players. It has led to… Continue reading →

Northwestern State at Southern: Four downs

Associated Press photo by TONY GUTIERREZ -- Northwestern State coach Jay Thomas, left, and Baylor coach Art Briles greet each other at midfield following their game on Sept. 6 in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 70-6.

Southern and Northwestern State have a lot of connections. The Demons have 27 players and five coaches, including coach Jay Thomas, a native of Baker who was a graduate assistant at LSU, who have ties to the Baton Rouge area. Additionally, Jaguars Athletic Director William Broussard was a standout center on the Demons football team… Continue reading →

Northwestern State’s Deon Simon is back in Baton Rouge and ready for more

Photo courtesy Northwestern State athletics -- Northwestern State's Deon Simon

There’s a great deal of symbolism attached to the return to Baton Rouge of Northwestern State senior defensive tackle Deon Simon, who’s playing in his hometown one final time. While Simon’s focus has been on Southern this week, his homecoming for Saturday’s 6 p.m. kickoff at A.W. Mumford Stadium is also cause for personal reflection. “I’m… Continue reading →

Southern wide receivers thriving despite obstacles

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Mike Jones carries the ball on a punt return against UL-Lafayette on Aug. 30 at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Southern’s wide receivers have been able to succeed despite the obstacles of injury and academic uncertainty. Southern lost two key wide receivers on the day of its season opener. One went out after injury and the other because of academic uncertainty. With team mottos like “Adapt and Overcome,” “Next Guy Up,” “Pray Hard,” “Stay on Faith”… Continue reading →

Southern starters pitch in to help kickoff team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern special teams coordinator Martin Biagi coaches during Saturday's game against Central Methodist at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern didn’t do much wrong in its 56-14 victory against Central Methodist last Saturday. The Jaguars accumulated 651 yards on offense and allowed just seven points on defense. But the other Eagles touchdown came on an 88-yard kickoff return, and the coverage on eight kickoffs wasn’t what coach Dawson Odums would prefer. “Special teams is where we’ve really… Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern's rollercoaster schedule goes back up in class this week

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University head coach Dawson Odums speaks his players during a timeout against The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Saturday, August 30, at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

After losing to the Sun Belt Conference's Ragin' Cajuns 45-6 in their season opener, Southern had an easy 56-14 victory against NAIA team Central Methodist last Saturday. Southern plays host to Southland Conference team Northwestern State on Saturday. Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and sportswriter Les East review the Jaguars' schedule and season so far. Continue reading →

Monday morning rewind: Southern

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Danny Johnson carries the ball during the Jaguars' 56-14 win over Central Methodist on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

COMING UP Southern finishes its nonconference schedule when it hosts Northwestern State at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Demons, 0-2 after a 70-6 loss at No. 10 Baylor on Saturday, beat the Jaguars 55-14 last season in Natchitoches. LOOKING BACK The Jaguars went through a de facto scrimmage in beating NAIA opponent Central Methodist… Continue reading →

Southern runs over Central Methodist 56-14

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Mason Ceaser makes a leaping catch against Central Methodist defenders on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The first two weeks of Southern’s football season have featured a constantly changing cast of characters. Eight Jaguars missed the season-opening 45-6 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette last week because they weren’t certified academically. Two of them — running back Malcolm Crockett and offensive lineman Terrell Lee — were found qualified for the home opener Saturday night, and Crockett introduced… Continue reading →

Southern offensive line has dominant night against Central Methodist

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Malcolm Crockett looks for an opening between offensive linemen Zach Brown and Jamal Boulden during Saturday's game against Central Methodist at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

At a glance, the dominant rushing game Southern unleashed in a 56-14 win over Central Methodist might have seemed like a certainty coming against an NAIA opponent. But a closer look shows Southern was working with a patchwork offensive line thinned by injuries and academic casualties. Starting tackle Reginald Redding sat out because of… Continue reading →

Five Southern football players likely to miss entire season

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- An honorary member of the Southern football team, James Walker, 11, center, runs out with the team following a pregame chant as the Jaguars exit their locker room before kickoff against Central Methodist on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Five Southern players, including preseason All-Southwestern Athletic Conference guard Anthony Mosley, are likely to miss the season because they have not been academically certified. Athletic Director William Broussard confirmed the status of the players prior to Southern’s 56-14 victory in its home opener against Central Methodist on Saturday night at A.W. Mumford Stadium. Three other starters —… Continue reading →

Southern cruises past Central Methodist

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Malcolm Crockett looks for an opening between offensive linemen Zach Brown and Jamal Boulden during Saturday's game against Central Methodist at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The first two weeks of Southern’s football season have featured a constantly changing cast of characters. Eight Jaguars missed the season-opening 45-6 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette because they weren’t certified academically. Two of them — running back Malcolm Crockett and offensive lineman Terrell Lee — qualified for the home opener Saturday night and Crockett introduced himself to… Continue reading →

Southern cruises past Central Methodist

The first two weeks of Southern’s football season have featured a constantly changing cast of characters. Eight Jaguars missed the season-opening 45-6 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette because they weren’t certified academically. Two of them — running back Malcolm Crockett and offensive lineman Terrell Lee — qualified for the home opener Saturday night and Crockett introduced himself to… Continue reading →

Southern cruises past Central Methodist

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Malcolm Crockett looks for an opening between offensive linemen Zach Brown and Jamal Boulden during Saturday's game against Central Methodist at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The first two weeks of Southern’s football season have featured a constantly changing cast of characters. Eight Jaguars missed the season-opening 45-6 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette because they weren’t certified academically. Two of them — running back Malcolm Crockett and offensive lineman Terrell Lee — qualified for the home opener Saturday night and Crockett introduced himself to… Continue reading →

Central Methodist at Southern: Four Downs

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Southern receiver Willie Quinn runs after a catch Aug. 30 at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

This game marks the debut of the 2014 version of Central Methodist so things could change, but statistics from 2013 show the Eagles were a better offensive team than a defensive one when they last played. In the 10-team Heartland of America Athletic Conference last season, CMU ranked eighth in scoring (25.8), but fourth… Continue reading →

Southern running attack deep, ready

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts hands off to running back Tyre Bracken against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday at Cajun Field.

Southern came out of preseason camp trying to figure out how to utilize the bevy of talented running backs it had. The Jaguars planned to emphasize the run more this season, and they have more than enough depth to shuttle in fresh backs for 60 minutes. But things didn’t work out exactly that way in the… Continue reading →

Southern linebackers step up

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette running back Alonzo Harris is tackled by Southern University linebacker Demetrius Carter on Saturday.

Next man up. That’s the motto for the Southern football program, and the Jaguars have been putting it into action. After losing starters Anthony Balancier and Franchot West from last year’s team, Southern had replacements ready: Daniel Brown and Detrane Lindsey. When academic uncertainty pushed back the team’s arrival to UL-Lafayette to 45 minutes before… Continue reading →

Walk-ons try to hold their own on Southern’s offensive line

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The University of Louisiana at Lafayette's linebacker Trae Johnson (38) tackles Southern University quarterback Austin Howard against Southern University, Saturday, August 30, at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Southern offensive line coach Chennis Berry refers to his group as “the nickel” — a unit of five. In the season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette last Saturday, that unit included two new pieces, but the changes didn’t seem to weaken the continuity. Left tackle Reginald Redding was sidelined by a concussion, and guards Anthony Mosley and Terrell Lee,… Continue reading →

Several Southern players’ eligibility in limbo

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern receiver Nico Talbert was among five starters who were held out of the Jaguars' season opener at Louisiana-Lafayette.

More than a half-dozen Southern football players are still in eligibility limbo for the team’s home opener against Central Methodist on Saturday. At least eight players are waiting to hear if they will be academically certified to play. The group includes five players who were expected to be starters coming out of preseason —… Continue reading →

Southern-UL-Lafayette How They Scored

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette running back Alonzo Harris is tackled by Southern University linebacker Demetrius Carter on Saturday.

Score by quarters Southern 0 0 6 0 — 6 UL-Lafayette 10 14 7 14 — 45 First quarter UL-Lafayette: Hunter Stover 31 field goal at 6:12. DRIVE: 10 plays, 64 yards, 3:52. KEY PLAYS: On third and 1, Alonzo Harris 7 run… Continue reading →

Southern-UL-Lafayette: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern University drum major Keith Morgan, a junior from New Orleans, leads the Southern University Marching Band at halftime against The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Saturday, August 30, at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

1 What we learned It’s no revelation, but the Cajuns are good. Southern isn’t one of the more telling gauges, but as openers go this should be satisfying to coach Mark Hudspeth. The Cajuns weren’t perfect, but they looked like a team that has what it takes to win the Sun Belt Conference. The… Continue reading →

Southern can’t find comfort zone

Advocate photo by LEE CELANOSouthern quarterback Austin Howard is hit by Louisiana-Lafayette's Trae Johnson after throwing a pass at Cajun Field on Saturday.

LAFAYETTE — Southern had measured hopes that a revitalized rushing attack would take pressure off of its young quarterbacks Saturday evening, but that plan never got off the bus. The Southern bus itself was late as it arrived at Louisiana-Lafayette’s Cajun Field just 45 minutes before kickoff, but the holdup wasn’t I-10 traffic. A handful… Continue reading →

Southern at UL-Lafayette: Four things to watch

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Freshman quarterback Austin Howard takes a snap from sophomore center Terrell Lee during practice Aug. 5. Howard rose to the No. 2 quarterback spot during camp and figures to play at some point during Saturday's game at UL-Lafayette.

1. DOUBLE DEBUT AT QB Deonte Shorts is Southern’s new starting quarterback, but he isn’t expected to be the only Jaguars signal-caller to make his college debut Saturday. True freshman Austin Howard of West St. John claimed the No. 2 spot with a strong preseason camp, and coach Dawson Odums said he’d like to get Howard… Continue reading →