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 — LB Daniel Brown, S Renaldo Thomas and WR Nico Talbert — as well as reserve LB Detrane Lindsey are also out for the season, “as of right now,” Broussard said. DB Jaleel Richardson was held out for a second straight game but could be reinstated, Broussard said.
Two other players who were withheld from the 45-6 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette in the season opener last week because they had not been certified — RB Malcolm Crockett and OL Terrell Lee — were reinstated for Saturday’s game. Crockett rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown, and Lee entered the game at center in the first quarter after Brandon Thibodeaux was injured.
The five players expected to miss the season might be given the opportunity to choose to sit several games this season or redshirt, Broussard said. The school could seek an NCAA waiver to reduce the penalties, but it’s most likely that they will miss the entire season.
REDDING MISSES O-LINE SHUFFLE
LT Reginald Redding has been cleared to play after recovering from a concussion but did not get into Saturday’s game.
Walk-on Neako Jones started in Redding’s spot for the second consecutive game and Redding was listed as his backup.
The Jaguars did more shuffling of the line when Thibodeaux was injured in the first quarter and did not return. He was carted to the locker room, and Lee replaced him.
Southern played most of the game without any offensive lineman manning the position he was scheduled to have prior to the season.
RT Dewayne Houston did not play in the first two series, played one series at his customary spot, then moved to left tackle for the rest of the game.
MENARD OUT 4-6 WEEKS
Coach Dawson Odums said after the game that WR Randall Menard will miss 4-6 weeks because of an injury to his left big toe suffered in the opener. Mike Jones started in his place and had three catches for a game-high 75 yards. Menard, who was injured in the first quarter at UL-Lafayette when his cleats caught in the turf, was wearing a walking cast on the foot as he watched from the sideline Saturday. Odums said Menard might undergo surgery on the toe.
PICK YOUR POISON
CMU’s Ezequiel Rivera knocked the game’s opening kickoff out of bounds and Southern chose to have the Eagles re-kick after a 5-yard penalty rather than taking the ball at its 35. That paid off when Willie Quinn returned the re-kick 56 yards to the CMU 31, which led to a Jaguars touchdown. On his next kickoff, Rivera avoided Quinn and the ball went to Danny Johnson, who returned 60 yards to the Eagles 39, setting up another TD.
FB Brian McCain played linebacker for the first time in his career. … PK Kyle Yonke made the first successful kicks of his career after missing both kicks — a PAT and a 29-yard field goal — last week, but he was just 6-of-8 on PATs, hitting the right upright on one miss and seeing the other miss blocked.