Southern could be without key players on both sides of the ball when they play at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday afternoon.
Center Terrell Lee and outside linebacker Daniel Brown both sustained foot injuries in a 48-7 loss against Alcorn State last Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. Their status for Saturday is uncertain.
“We’ve got some guys walking around in those boots,” Odums said Tuesday at his weekly news conference.
Here are come more excerpts from Odums’ news conference:
On motivation for the final three games with little chance of winning the Southwestern Athletic Conference championship:
“It’s about being a program. It’s about looking forward to the next game, preparing, competing and winning. They were down, but you move on to the next one. That’s what about until we get to the last one.”
On defensive approach against Alcorn State, which rushed for 484 yards:
“The discipline was not there so if the discipline is not there then the execution is not going to be there.”
On preparing for the heavy rains that were forecast and occurred all day Saturday:
“We just played in a rainstorm the week before (at Texas Southern) so we sort of understood what the magnitude was going to be, but it wasn’t like that. At least the field (at Texas Southern) was still playable. There were several times (Saturday) that the center tried to snap the ball and it did not move.”
On the weather’s impact on a game in which Southern lost five of nine fumbles and Alcorn lost four of six):
“Both teams were putting the ball on the ground left and the right. The difference is they cashed in on theirs and we didn’t cash in on ours.”
More on the weather: “It’s a pigskin. It gets heavy, it gets wet. It’s sloppy conditions. Your arms get wet, your hands get wet. It’s hard to hold on to it. Everybody knows that going in. It’s a foucs that you put on it as a team. I think the players understand that. It’s just something that’s going to happen when the conditions are like they were.”
On the last three games of the season:
“We’re in November. We set goals at the beginning of the season and now we’re in the last stages of the year. How do we play going forward? Can we play consistent football? That’s our challenge in November.”
On Arkansas-Pine Bluff:
“They compete. You see them in games where they’re getting blown out, but they’re still having fun, they’re still trying. That’s all you look for as a coach. Is for your team still competing until there’s no time left in the game?”