The awards kept coming for Southern’s Willie Quinn on Monday.
For the second consecutive week, he was named special teams player of the week by both the Southwestern Athletic Conference and the Louisiana Sportswriters Association.
Quinn had a 90-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and a 39-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Jaguars 50-13 victory at Mississippi Valley State on Thursday. The junior from Miami, who also threw an 89-yard touchdown pass, was honored by the SWAC and the LSWA a week earlier for his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the season opener at Louisiana Tech.
One of Quinn’s teammates, sophomore linebacker Kentavius Preston, was named SWAC defensive player of the week. Preston made his first career start against the Delta Devils and finished with a team-high 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, which included one sack.
Southern-Georgia time, TV set
The Southeastern Conference announced that Southern’s game at Georgia on Sept. 26 will kick off at 11 a.m. and be televised by the SEC Network.
The Bulldogs (2-0 and 1-0 in the Southeastern Conference) are ranked No. 7 by The Associated Press. The Jaguars (1-1) are 1-0 in the SWAC.
Odums finds teachable moment
Sunday night was a good night for Southern coach Dawson Odums.
He’s a lifelong fan of the Dallas Cowboys and had a chance to catch the Cowboys play one of their most bitter rivals, the New York Giants, on Sunday Night Football.
“Rest assured, I was able to watch that game throughout,” Odums said on the SWAC weekly coaches teleconference Monday.
Not only was Odums happy to see the Cowboys win 27-26 after overcoming a 10-point deficit in the final five minutes, but he was able to use the dramatic turnaround with his team.
“It’s a great lesson learned both ways,” Odums said. “The Giants gave Dallas an opportunity, and Dallas seized the opportunity. You’ve always got to play 60 minutes until the last horn blows.”
Odums said that reminder figures to come in handy this week when the Jaguars play one of their most bitter rivals, Jackson State, on Saturday.
“(When Southern and Jackson State play) it’s never over, so you better play to the end,” Odums said. “This game probably will be no different.”
Valley might change quarterbacks
Valley backup quarterback Dontrinell Scott may have earned himself a start with his performance off the bench against Southern.
Scott replaced starter Quantavius Peterson in the first half and led the Devils to their only two touchdowns. The scores came on Scott passes of 15 and 34 yards to Terrence Barron. Peterson rushed for 70 yards on 15 carries and completed 12 of 20 passes for 153 yards but threw two interceptions.
Coach Rick Comegy said Monday that Scott’s performance, especially two interceptions, was far from perfect but might earn him a start when Valley visits Alcorn State on Saturday.
In good company
Alcorn coach Jay Hopson invoked Tulane’s name before sending his team out to play their SWAC opener at Alabama State on Saturday.
The Braves had lost their season opener 69-6 against Georgia Tech, which had just beaten the Green Wave 65-10 before Alcorn took the field. Hopson told his team that Tech had beaten Tulane by a similar margin to their loss.
“It really had nothing to do with our game,” Hopson said. “But Georgia Tech is an outstanding team, and I wanted to reiterate that so they would understand the type of team that they had played.”
First full SWAC weekend
This is the first week that all the SWAC teams are playing conference games. In addition to the Jackson State-Southern and Valley-Alcorn games, Texas Southern visits Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling visits Alabama State, and Alabama A&M visits Prairie View.
Southern, Alcorn and Prairie View are 1-0 and Valley, Alabama State and Texas Southern are 0-1. The other teams begin SWAC play this week.
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