Southern plans a short work week during its open date before plunging into preparations for the Bayou Classic.

When the Jaguars had an open date the first week in October, they practiced Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before taking two days off. This time, they’re practicing Monday and Tuesday before taking three days off, then resuming a game-week routine Sunday.

“We’ve played six games in a row,” coach Dawson Odums said Mondau during the Southwestern Athletic Conference coaches teleconference. “We’re going to work on a few things and see if we can get a little better with the fundamentals.

“We’re going to take some time off to heal and get ready for the last game. We have some nicks and bruises. We’re going to modify our practices and still get a lot of work done.”

Southern’s final opponent – Grambling – is taking a similar approach during its open date this week.

“We’ve told the players to focus on three areas,” coach Broderick Fobbs said. “Those areas are their mental approach, their physical development and their technical development.”

The Tigers (8-0 in the SWAC) clinched the West division title when they beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff last Saturday.

Grambling’s opponent in the SWAC championship game Dec. 5 in Houston likely will be defending SWAC champion Alcorn State. The Braves (5-2) can clinch the East division with a victory against Alabama A&M on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Southern defensive end Aaron Tiller was named SWAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

The sophomore from Columbus, Ohio, had four tackles for loss, including three sacks, and forced two fumbles in the Jaguars 46-7 victory against Alabama A&M last Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Tiller finished with five total tackles as Southern held the Bulldogs to 110 total yards. He took over the SWAC lead with 10 sacks for the season.

It was the ninth SWAC player of the week award won by Jaguars this season. Previously,

QB Austin Howard was named Offensive Player of the Week three times, RS Willie Quinn was named Special Teams Player of the Week three times and linebackers Daniel Brown and Kentavious Preston were named Defensive Player of the Week once each.

Alcorn State QB Lenorris Footman, who was named Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in relief of injured starter John Gibbs. Jr. in a victory at Southern three weeks ago, won that honor again Monday.

The sophomore from Monticello, Fla., accounted for 260 total yards and four touchdowns in the Braves’ 65­-13 win at Texas Southern. Footman completed 11-­of-­18 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns. All of Footman’s scores came in the first half as Alcorn State took a 38-­0 lead.

Former Rayville (La.) High School punter of Grambling was named Special Teams Player of the Week.

The junior averaged 33.6 yards on five punts, four of which were downed inside the 20-yard line in the Tigers 49-31 victory at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Prairie View freshman CB Dominique Weaver was named Newcomer of the Week. He had an interception, two pass break-ups and three tackles, including one for loss, in the Panthers 38-­13 victory at Alabama State.

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