Southern (2-1, 2-0 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) plays its final nonconference game when it meets No. 7 Georgia at 11 a.m. CDT Saturday in Athens, Ga. The game will be televised by the SEC Network. The Bulldogs are 3-0 and 2-0 in the Southeastern Conference after a 52-20 victory against South Carolina. Southern and Georgia have never played.
Southern gained 675 yards and scored 50 points for the second consecutive game, beating Jackson State 50-31 at A.W. Mumford Stadium. They won at Mississippi Valley State 50-13 nine days earlier. Austin Howard passed for a career-high 395 yards and he, Lenard Tillery and Malcolm Crockett each rushed for two touchdowns. Willie Quinn had 107 receiving yards, including 43 on his first scoring reception of the season, and the defense had an interception and a fumble recovery.
Howard had a career-high for passing yards in a game by halftime. His 336 in the first half surpassed his 291 against Alabama State last season and he finished with 395 even though he threw only eight passes in the second half before being relieved by Jarrad Hayes. The only blemish on his performance was an interception in the end zone on a fade pass to Randall Menard. Otherwise, he was in command throughout the game, utilizing eight different receivers.
“I think most of the (SWAC) teams understand the kind of talent that we have. They understand what we’re about and how we go about doing things and they know that we can break out and score points at any point in time. — Coach Dawson Odums on the Jaguars explosive offense.
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The Mike linebacker position. Odums announced after the game that senior Demetrius Carter will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery Friday to repair a torn Achilles that he suffered against Mississippi Valley. Carter can apply for another year of eligibility after the season, Odums said. Martin Henry started in Carter’s spot and had four tackles. Calvin Lunkin, Carter’s primary backup, didn’t play because of a knee injury and Roshaud Turner has been moved from linebacker to nickelback, lessening the Jaguars depth at linebacker.
Southern had a whopping 35 first downs and converted 8-of-12 third downs. … No. 3 QB Jarrad Hayes got in but No. 2 Deonte Shorts didn’t. There’s no change in the depth chart. Odums said it was a matter of a redshirt freshman needing game reps more than a redshirt sophomore.