Southern University athletics chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East, Wednesday at 11 a.m. _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Anthony Clark celebrates on the field following the Jaguars' 35-34 win over Alabama A&M Saturday, Oct. 11, at Louis Crews Stadium


Southern isn’t easily fazed by falling behind. The Jaguars’ comeback from a 20-point third-quarter deficit to win Saturday was reminiscent of several comebacks last season — most notably beating A&M in double OT after falling behind by threee points with 49 seconds left and overcoming a 22-point deficit against Prairie View to win.


Everyone in the SWAC knows Willie Quinn is Southern’s most dangerous weapon, but no one seems able to do much about it. Quinn’s 79-yard touchdown reception inginted the Jaguars’ 21-0 finishing kick and it marked the sixth time in seven games that Quinn has made a play of at least 56 yards. He didn’t have one last week, but he did throw a 41-yard TD pass.


The development of freshman QB Austin Howard has been accelerated by the absence of injured Deonte Shorts. There’s no doubt that Howard is still going through growing pains, but he’s growing up fast. His stats weren’t great and his performance was inconsistent — but when Southern needed him most, he was up to the challenge. And that’s a big deal.