Southern has filled a couple of vacancies by naming assistant coaches as interim coaches, Athletic Director William Broussard said Tuesday.

Teremine White has been named interim track and field coach, replacing Brian Johnson, who resigned during the summer to take an assistant’s position at Georgia; and John Garris has been named interim softball coach, replacing Tayl’r Hollis, who resigned after last season to become an assistant at McNeese State.

White, who was a shot-putter and discus thrower at Southeastern Louisiana, has been a Jaguars assistant since 2010, working primarily with the throws.

Garris and Hollis were both named assistants under Lee Dobbins before last season, and Hollis was named interim coach after Dobbins was dismissed after a 0-11 start last season. Hollis and Garris, who was defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator, guided Southern to its first appearance in the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament in three years.

Before coming to Southern, Garris was most recently an assistant at Louisiana Tech.

Henry has impact at linebacker

Martin Henry is the latest Southern linebacker to emerge as a playmaker.

Henry, a junior transfer from Pierce Community College in California, made his first start of the season against Alabama A&M last week and tied for third on the team with seven tackles, including one for loss. A week earlier, he had five tackles against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, giving him two-thirds of his 18 tackles this season in the past two games.

“He’s getting better,” Jaguars coach Dawson Odums said of Henry. “He played a little more (against Arkansas-Pine Bluff), and he was around the football a lot. He’s understanding things better and he plays with a great motor. We expect that group to continue to get better.”

Henry started ahead of Roshaud Turner, who also contributed with five tackles, including one for loss.

Turner and Brian McCain, who added defensive duties to his fullback duties two games into the season, both joined the starting lineup after the season began.

Demetrius Carter, who leads the team with 50 tackles, has been the lone fixture at linebacker.

Injury report

Austin Howard has established himself as Southern’s starting quarterback, but the Jaguars expect to have Deonte Shorts, who started the first three games, back from injury for the game at Jackson State on Saturday, Oct. 25.

But when the Jaguars held their first practice of this open-date week Tuesday night, Shorts did not participate. He continues to rest a groin injury in hopes of returning next week.

Linebacker Javon Allen, who is recovering from hand surgery, also sat out practice.

Broadcast news

Four Southern men’s basketball games and one women’s basketball game will be televised, according to a schedule released by the SWAC on Tuesday.

The men’s game at Ole Miss on Nov. 20 will be televised by the SEC Network, which will also show the women’s game at Florida on Dec. 21.

The other men’s games that will be televised will be Dec. 22 at Baylor (FOX) and two home games: Jan. 5 against Texas Southern (ESPNU) and Feb. 23 against Alabama State.

The SWAC is scheduled to release its preseason all-conference teams and predicted order of finish Wednesday.

Both Southern teams are defending SWAC regular-season champions.

On the road again

Southern plays just two more football games away from A.W. Mumford Stadium this season, and the SU Quarterback Club is offering bus trips to both.

A ride to the game at Jackson State on Oct. 25, which includes a game ticket, costs $100. A ride to the Bayou Classic game against Grambling on Nov. 29 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome costs $40 and doesn’t include a game ticket.

For information, visit southernuniversityqbclub.com or contact Jonathan Dearbone at (225) 572-5878 or Reginald Jarvis at (225) 939-5906.

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