Southern 51, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 36: Three and out _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern wide receiver Reggie Travis high-fives teammates on the sideline after scoring a touchdown against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday, Oct. 4, in A.W. Mumford Stadium.


Southern isn’t as bad as Alcorn State made it look last week. And it’s very much alive in the SWAC West. The Jaguars aren’t the equal of the East-leading Braves right now, but they appear to be as competitive as they need to be in the West. They’re tied with Texas Southern, one game behind first-place Grambling in the West and they’ll meet both those sets of Tigers in November.


Reggie Travis had a breakout game, catching three touchdown passes and finishing with 156 yards. At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, he is the closest thing Southern has right now to Randall Menard, the big-target receiver who was lost for the season because of a toe injury suffered in the opener. He and quarterback Austin Howard seem to have developed confidence in one another.


The return of Dionte McDuffy, Jaleel Richardson and D’Andre Woodland from academic limbo meant as much psychologically as it did physically. Their experience certainly helped on the field, but just as importantly, the team seemed uplifted by the positive development after the disappointment of so many academic losses during the preseason and early season.