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 by the Demons for a first-quarter touchdown. Shorts left the game after three possessions, didn’t return until the second half, then played well. Howard threw a 79-yard TD pass on his second series but also threw three interceptions.
2. TRENDING NOW
WR Justin Morgan found the end zone for the second consecutive game, catching a 79-yarder from Shorts in the third quarter. He finished with four catches for 109 yards. Morgan scored on a 16-yard pass from Howard in a 56-14 victory against Central Methodist last week. With Randall Menard sidelined for an indefinite period because of a toe injury and Mike Jones’ status uncertain because of an ankle injury suffered Saturday, Morgan’s productivity becomes even more important.
3. FINAL THOUGHTS
Southern can’t continue to pull multiple starters from the lineup on gameday and expect the team to compete for another Southwestern Athletic Confernce title. It’s now happened twice in three weeks, and both times, the team was not only adversely affected physically by the loss of talent but also mentally by the last-minute shock to the system. Chances are the Jaguars would have lost to UL-Lafayette and Northwestern State even without the gameday curveballs, but the university is hurting its football team.