Southern coach Dawson Odums: 'Right mindset' key to taking on heavily favored Georgia; Jaguars QB honored _lowres

Southern QB Austin Howard throws in the first half against Louisiana Tech at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston, La. in this Sept. 5, 2015, file photo. TOM MORRIS/LATechSportsPix

Southern coach Dawson Odums had a sense of humor when talking about his team playing No. 7 Georgia on Saturday in Athens, Ga.

He spoke Monday on the Southwestern Athletic Conference coaches teleconference about the Jaguars focusing on themselves and trying to get the players in the right mindset to compete against the Bulldogs.

Then he added, “hopefully we’ll come back with the same number of guys that we take up there.”

But seriously, folks.

“You’ve got to line up and play,” Odums said. “They’re no different than you, they just play for a bigger school with more resources, but they can’t play more than 11 players at a time. You’ve got to go in there with the right mindset to play your very best just to give yourself a chance.”

Odums also talked about Jaguars quarterback Austin Howard being named SWAC Offensive Player of the Week earlier in the day.

Howard, a sophomore from West St. John High School, completed 21-of-32 passes for a career-high 395 yards in the Jaguars 50-31 victory against Jackson State at A.W. Mumford Stadium last Saturday. He threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Willie Quinn and ran for a 4-yard touchdown and a 10-yard touchdown, finishing with 29 rushing yards.

“I thought it was the first time this season that he played a complete football game,” Odums said. “He managed the game the way it needed to be managed and so he was able to move the ball up and down the field.

“I was happy to see him in a comfort zone where he was able to deliver the ball on target to receivers who were able to make plays.”

The Jaguars had 675 yards.

“We went into a hostile environment down there,” Tigers coach Harold Jackson said. “They had their fans behind them big time. I tried not to let our kids get on the field too early and start running around because it was pretty hot down there. Kids tend to burn themselves out.”

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