Southern’s Lenard Tillery wants more team success _lowres

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Lenard Tillery

Quarterback

No. Name HT. Wt. Yr.

7 Austin Howard 6-0 190 So.

2 Deonte Shorts 6-2 180 So.

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15 Jarrad Hayes 6-0 187 So.

BRIEFLY: Howard is the clear starter after being named SWAC freshman of the year last season. The Jaguars likely will occasionally spell him and use a package to take advantage of the superior running ability of Shorts or Hayes.

Running back

No. Name HT. Wt. Yr.

21 Lenard Tillery 5-10 186 Jr.

3 Malcolm Crockett 5-10 201 Sr.

BRIEFLY: The depth took a hit when Tyre Bracken and Jamarcus Jarvis chose to leave the program, but Southern is still in good shape. Tillery is coming off a 1,000-yard season, and Crockett was effective when healthy last season.

Wide receiver

No. Name HT. Wt. Yr.

87 Randall Menard 6-3 185 So.

9 Justin Morgan 5-10 172 Sr.

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25 Willie Quinn 5-5 145 Jr.

6 Nico Talbert 5-6 161 Sr.

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89 Mike Jones 6-0 189 Sr.

42 Dillon Beard 6-3 235 Sr.

84 Bradley Coleman 6-5 220 Sr.

80 Chuck Baker 6-3 220 So.

BRIEFLY: This is probably the deepest position on the team, led by Quinn, a preseason All-SWAC selection. Menard, who was a standout as a true freshman two years ago, is back after missing all of last season, and Talbert is back after being academically ineligible.

Offensive line

No. Name HT. Wt. Yr.

Left tackle

78 Reginald Redding 6-4 285 Jr.

64 Eric Janeau 6-4 255 Jr.

Left guard

67 Jamal Boulden 6-2 266 Jr.

62 Allan Spry 6-0 303 Sr.

Center

65 Terrell Lee 6-2 301 Jr.

53 Alex McKee 6-2 283 So.

Right guard

75 Anthony Mosley 6-2 282 Jr.

71 Collin Lagarde 6-3 305 Fr.

Right tackle

76 Skyler Prol -or- 6-6 300 So.

64 Eric Janeau 6-4 255 Jr.

BRIEFLY: Getting back Mosley, a preseason All-SWAC pick for the second straight year, from ineligibility is a big boost. Lee is a second-team preseason All-SWAC pick. Boulden, Spry, Prol and Janeau are battling for starting spots.

Defensive line

No. Name HT. Wt. Yr.

Defensive end

94 Aaron Tiller 6-1 237 So.

50 John McCain 6-0 260 Jr.

Nose tackle

90 Gabe Echols 6-2 244 Sr.

92 Audry Thompson 6-3 287 Sr.

Defensive tackle

56 Donald Phillips 6-2 265 Jr.

70 Christian Allen 6-4 258 Sr.

BRIEFLY: The Jaguars have to replace Arthur Miley, who had a team-high seven sacks, but Phillips and Allen have experience. Echols is a second-team preseason All-SWAC pick and Tiller contributed as a freshman last season.

Linebackers

No. Name HT. Wt. Yr.

Outside linebacker

98 Daniel Brown 6-2 244 Sr.

96 Darez Joseph 5-11 228 Sr.

Middle linebacker

39 Demetrius Carter 6-0 225 Sr.

55 Kentavious Preston 6-0 240 So.

Outside linebacker

32 Martin Henry 5-11 230 Sr.

57 Javon Allen 5-11 218 Jr.

BRIEFLY: Brown’s return provides a leader and top-notch edge rusher. Carter emerged as the team’s leading tackler in Brown’s absence last season.

Secondary

No. Name HT. Wt. Yr.

Nickelback

20 Rhaheim Ledbetter 5-10 206 Sr.

35 Jamal Jenkins 5-9 180 Sr.

Cornerback

10 Danny Johnson 5-10 175 So.

19 Elijah Allen 6-1 175 Fr.

Cornerback

29 Jamar Mitchell 5-11 168 So.

14 Demerio Houston 5-11 155 Fr.

Free safety

27 Blake Monroe 5-8 175 Jr.

17 Andrea Augustine 6-3 190 Fr.

Strong safety

23 Dionte McDuffy 6-1 205 Sr.

36 Nicholas McDonald 5-11 196 Jr.

BRIEFLY: This group took a hit when free safety Bryan Anderson was declared academically ineligible, but Monroe brings experience and versatility. McDuffy is a team leader, and Johnson is a first-team preseason All-SWAC pick.

Specialists

No. Name HT. Wt. Yr.

Kicker

18 Greg Pittman 5-11 179 Sr.

60 Taylor Merritt 6-2 190 Fr.

Punter

60 Taylor Merritt 6-2 190 Fr.

85 Tre Nash 6-4 200 Jr.