Southern didn’t only welcome back alumni for its homecoming game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium.
The Jaguars also welcomed back five players from this year’s team.
Three defensive backs — Dionte McDuffy, D’Andre Woodland and Jaleel Richardson — were cleared academically to participate and two running backs — Jamarcus Jarvis and Malcolm Crockett — returned from injury.
McDuffy and Woodland were reinstated after having been withheld from the last three games, even though they had been academically certified to play in the first two games.
Richardson made his season debut after being cleared Monday.
Jarvis and Crockett both returned from ankle injuries after Jarvis missed three games and Crockett two.
Woodland started at cornerback and McDuffy entered the game on the Jaguars’ third defensive series.
Richardson was the special teams captain and alternated with Willie Quinn and Danny Johnson on kickoff returns.
Jarvis carried seven times for 30 yards and a touchdown. Crockett sat out the first half but started the second and finished with 29 yards on seven carries.
“It was good to see those guys back,” coach Dawson Odums said, “not just because of their talent, but because of their presence in the locker room and their leadership.”
Cornerback Kevin King, who is still hoping to be certified, and quarterback Deonte Shorts (groin) and receiver Mike Jones (ankle) watched from the sideline in street clothes.
Williams inspires Jaguars
As part of its homecoming festivities, Southern paid tribute at halftime to former Jaguars defensive back Aeneas Williams, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.
Williams, who received a key to the city and other gifts during a halftime ceremony, spoke to the team before the game.
“He gave a great speech,” McDuffy said. “He really motivated us. He told us to be the best you can be, whatever your role is.”
More kicking woes
Southern’s place-kicking problems continued as Greg Pittman’s PAT after the team’s third touchdown was blocked.
Pittman had a field goal and a PAT blocked by Alcorn State in a 56-16 loss a week earlier.
Southern has failed on at least one extra point in all but one game this season and entered the game last in the Southwestern Athletic Conference with a PAT percentage of 73.7 (14-of-19).
Quinn adds to repertoire
Southern wide receiver Willie Quinn entered Saturday’s game having made a play of at least 56 yards in each of the first five games. He didn’t continue that streak, but he added another element to his versatility.
Quinn — whose previous big plays came on pass catches and kickoff returns — threw the first touchdown pass of his career, hitting Reggie Travis for a 41-yarder in the third quarter.
On the road again
The SU Quarterback Club is offering a bus trip to the Southern game at Alabama A&M next Saturday.
The cost is $210 for a single hotel room and $285 for a double and includes a game ticket.
For information, visit www.southernuniversityqbclub.com or call Jonathan Dearbone
(225-572-5878), Reginald Jarvis (225-939-5906) or Robert Brown (225-287-8385).