Prairie View, which visits Southern at 6 p.m. Saturday, is 1-1 after losing Saturday to Texas State 28-3. The Panthers, who are undefeated in the SWAC at 1-0, have long since turned the pages since suffering through an 80-game losing streak from 1989-1998 — the longest streak in college football. The Jaguars are looking to bounce back from two horrifying losses in the team’s conference and home opener for the 2013 season.
On six of the first seven possessions of a 55-14 loss Saturday at Northwestern State, the Jaguars elected to run the ball on the first play from scrimmage on each drive, netting a total of 5 yards.
Coach Dawson Odums hinted in his postgame news conference there could be a change of philosophy in the Jaguars’ offensive approach from this point on.
“I think we have a very good quarterback and a pretty good receiving corps, and I think that’s going to be our focal point going forward.
“We’re going to evaluate the film and find out what’s the best game plan moving forward, and if we think that’s throwing the ball, then we are going to throw it. If that’s running the ball, then we will run the ball.”
Junior outside linebacker Daniel Brown was a rare bright spot on the defense for a second straight week.
After collecting 12 tackles and a sack in a 62-13 loss at Houston, Brown racked up another 14, including a sack, Saturday night.
“We’re not a very good football team right now. We got exposed in all areas tonight. We can’t tackle, we can’t get first downs and you can’t win like that.”
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Sophomore receiver Willie Quinn continues to shine as he has now scored three of the Jaguars’ four touchdowns this season.
Quinn figures to play a prominent role on offense and on special teams as the Jaguars continue to search for a spark.
“We want to get our playmakers the ball, and we have got to find a better way of doing that,” Odums said.
Southern will be honoring its 1993 football team and legendary coach Pete Richardson on Saturday in the Jaguars’ home opener against Prairie View A&M. The 1993 team won the black college national title and SWAC title in Richardson’s first season. The ’93 team produced four All-SWAC performers, in addition to Richardson earning SWAC coach of the year.