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Southern draws inspiration from young J.J. Walker and his fight against brain cancer

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- An honorary member of the Southern football team, J.J. Walker, 11, center, runs out with the team following a pregame chant as the Jaguars exit their locker room before kickoff against Central Methodist.

Southern football coach Dawson Odums and his players speak proudly of the team’s ability to overcome adversity. The Jaguars have seen numerous teammates sidelined — some temporarily and some for the season — because of injury and academic certification issues. They overcame a 20-point second-half deficit to win an important game by a point at Alabama A&M three… Continue reading →

Leading a stunning turnaround, Broderick Fobbs is bringing tradition back to Grambling

Grambling State head football coach Broderick Fobbs

Broderick Fobbs was built for this. The son of a football coach and former Grambling running back, Fobbs’ pedigree and upbringing speaks for itself. Talk to a few of his Tigers teammates from the 1990s, though, and they’ll say the 38-year-old first-year head coach showed his signs early. “He has always been a very focused and solid… Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern football coach Dawson Odums wants fans to sellout final three home games

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums talks to his players during a timeout against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

In this week's "Five Minutes With Dawson Odums" podcast, Southern coach Dawson Odums talks with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff about the Jaguars' upcoming game against Alabama State on Saturday and how he would love for the team to get plenty of fan support for its last three home games of the season. Click… Continue reading →

Southern coach Dawson Odums not pleased with increase in penalties

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums signals his team into the locker room during pre game before kickoff against Northwestern State, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern has been the least-penalized team in the Southwestern Athletic Conference virtually all season. But it isn’t anymore. The Jaguars were penalized a season-high 14 times for a season-worst 108 yards at Jackson State last week. That dropped them behind Mississippi Valley State, which has 63 penalties and an average of 66.8 yards per game. Southern has been penalized… Continue reading →

Southern offensive line keeps quarterbacks protected

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Offensive live coach Chennis Berry leads a drill during preseason camp.

Southern has used numerous combinations of players on its offensive line this season. But one thing that has remained constant is the line’s ability to protect the quarterback. The Jaguars have allowed the fewest sacks in the Southwestern Athletic Conference — just four in eight games. What’s more is only one of… Continue reading →

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

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

Is Southern rounding into form to make another run at a SWAC championship? Ask Advocate sportswriter Les East in this chat on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Click here to join the action.Continue reading →

Big plays remain the calling card for Southern’s Willie Quinn

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Willie Quinn slips the tackle by Jackson State's Kadora Smith on his way to the end zone on an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson, Miss.

All of Southern’s opponents know Willie Quinn’s ability to hurt them with big plays. He has done it catching passes, taking handoffs and fielding kickoffs and punts, and he has done it on a weekly basis. Still, nobody seems able to do much about it. “Willie’s probably one of the best players I’ve ever played with in my entire… Continue reading →

Podcast: The Southern University football team is rounding into championship form again

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Jaguars celebrate on the field following their 35-34 win over the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, Saturday, Oct. 11, at Lewis Crews Stadium

In this "Advocate Sports: Southern" podcast, Advocate sportswriter Les East talks with Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff about how the Jaguars' football team is getting healthy players back on the field and continuing to improve. Click here to listen to the podcast. Continue reading →

Southern Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKSouthern's Willie Quinn holds the ball out for referee Anthony Johnson after returning a punt return 81 yards for a touchdown against Jackson State on Saturday.

Coming up Southern (5-3 overall and 4-1 in the Southwestern Athletic Conference) returns home for the first time in four weeks when it plays Alabama State at 6 p.m. Saturday in A.W. Mumford Stadium. The Hornets are 4-4 and 3-3 after a 37-36 defeat against Alabama A&M last Saturday. ASU led 20-7 at halftime but got… Continue reading →

East: Southern’s big win at Jackson State proves the Jaguars’ goals are well within reach

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern coach Dawson Odums talks to his players after a Jackson State scoring drive Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

JACKSON, Miss. — Southern coach Dawson Odums was about to board the team bus for the ride back to Baton Rouge on Saturday night. The Jaguars had just beaten Jackson State 42-28 in a game that wasn’t as competitive as the final score might suggest. Odums was planning to start… Continue reading →

Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts returns, forms potent duo with Austin Howard

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts celebrates in the end zone after scoring on a 5-yard touchdown against Jackson State on Saturday.

JACKSON, Miss. — A touchdown on the opening drive wasn’t enough to keep Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts on the field against Jackson State on Saturday night, but it did signify a new chapter in the Jaguars’ ongoing quarterback saga. Shorts easily punched in the opening score of Southern’s 42-28 victory at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.… Continue reading →

Southern 42, Jackson State 28: Three and out

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Fans jump to their feet and the Southern bench comes alive as Jaleel Richardson runs 84 yards on a kickoff return against Jackson State on Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The touchdown gave the Jaguars a 33-7 lead, and Southern cruised to a 42-28 win.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED There won’t be a rematch in the SWAC Championship Game. Southern is playing its best football as the stretch run nears, though it still has to catch Grambling if it’s going to repeat as West Division champion. But defending East Division champion Jackson State is falling apart. The Jaguars came out and… Continue reading →

Southern defense excels on third down in 42-28 win at Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Surrounded by multiple Southern defenders, Jackson State's Jarius Moll drops to the ground during Saturday's game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Jaguars won 42-28.

JACKSON, Miss. — One of Southern’s biggest problems on defense this season has been an inability to stop opponents consistently on third down. The Jaguars entered their game against Jackson State on Saturday night in Mississippi Veterans memorial Stadium ranked last in the Southwestern Athletic Conference in third-down defense (45.3 percent). But Southern forced… Continue reading →

Southern gets early jump at Jackson State, cruises to 42-28 win

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts celebrates in the end zone with teammate Willie Quinn after Shorts ran for a 5-yard touchdown against Jackson State on Saturday at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

JACKSON, Miss. — Southern and Jackson State both came out of open dates trying to set the tone for a strong finish. The Jaguars accomplished just what they wanted, but the Tigers continued sputtering the way they had entering the open date. Southern jumped to an early 27-0 lead and coasted to a 42-28… Continue reading →

Photos: Southern takes on Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Justin Woods (99) holds onto his helmet on the sidelines before kickoff against Jackson State, Saturday, Oct. 25, at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. Southern's helmets featured a newly updated logo, courtesy of their equipment staff.

Jags travel to Jackson to take on the Tigers.… Continue reading →

Four Downs: Southern at Jackson State

1. UNDER CENTER Southern’s QB position is still a work in progress. Freshman Austin Howard has gone the distance in each of the last four games after relieving Deonte Shorts in the first three before Shorts was injured. Shorts is available after looking sharp in practice this week. “Austin has gotten better every week and he continues to get… Continue reading →

Dawson Odums era started in Jackson

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums reacts from the sideline as the final seconds tick away in Southern's victory over Jackson State in a SWAC football game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. 9/22/12 MAGS OUT / INTERNET OUT/ONLINE OUT/NO SALES/TV OUT/FOREIGN OUT/ LOUISIANA BUSINESS INC./GREATER BATON ROUGE BUSINESS REPORT/225/10/12/IN REGISTER/LBI CUSTOM PUBLICATIONS OUT/

Dawson Odums is returning to the scene of his first game as Southern’s head football coach as the Jaguars visit Jackson State on Saturday night. It was a little more than two years ago when Southern last went to Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium. The university had just reassigned head coach Stump Mitchell after an uninspired 6-0 home… Continue reading →

Southern-JSU means close game

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern linebacker Demetrius Carter takes down Jackson State running back Tommy Gooden during the first quarter.

New faces may play big roles when Southern meets Jackson State… Continue reading →

Harold Jackson sees short honeymoon at Jackson State

Jackson State head football coach Harold Jackson

First-year Jackson State coach Harold Jackson may be 68 years old and coaching again for the first time in five years, but he has a clear view of society’s thirst for instant gratification. When the Tigers won their first two games of the season, Jackson’s return to his alma mater where he’s also a member of the… Continue reading →

Southern’s Jaylen Jordan expected to play against Jackson State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Senior defensive tackle Jaylen Jordan stays hydrated between plays during Southern's final scrimmage of fall camp, Saturday, August 16, in the A. W. Mumford Stadium on campus.

Defensive tackle Jaylen Jordan will play the first game of his senior season Saturday against rival Jackson State. Obviously, the first six weeks of his final season at Southern haven’t been ideal. Especially for a returning starter. While on his trip from Houston to Baton Rouge to report to preseason camp, he was involved in a… Continue reading →

Podcast: Five minutes with Southern coach Dawson Odums

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums walks amongst his players during warmups before kickoff against Alcorn State, Saturday, Sept. 27, in Lorman, Ms.

Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Southern football coach Dawson Odums preview the Jaguars' game at Jackson State on Saturday in this podcast. Click here to listen.Continue reading →

Crockett, Southern backs healthier

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Malcolm Crockett (3) is tackled by Alabama A&M's Bryan Brower (32), Saturday, Oct. 11, at Lewis Crews Stadium.

Malcolm Crockett left Pittsburgh and transferred to Southern in search of more playing time. Since arriving in January, he has found the competition at running back to be pretty strong with the Jaguars as well, but things are starting to work out for Crockett and the offense as a whole. Crockett, who… Continue reading →

Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts ready to return from injury

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts (2) celebrates in the end zone after running the ball in for a touchdown against Northwestern State, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern quarterback Deonte Shorts is back and ready to go. But it remains to be seen just when Shorts will get another chance to play after missing the past four games. Shorts started the first three games, but shared the position with Austin Howard, who has helped lead the Jaguars to a 3-1 start in the Southwestern Athletic Conference… Continue reading →

Southern University athletics chat with Advocate sportswriter Les East, Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard, left, jokes around with teammates John West and Jamarcus Jarvis on the sideline against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Southern returns from its bye week to play at Jackson State on Saturday in a rematch of last year's SWAC championship game. Are the Jaguars ready for the stretch run? Ask Advocate sportswriter Les East in this chat on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Click here to join the action. Continue reading →

Video: Southern coach Dawson Odums hopes the Jaguars are ready for the stretch run

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern head coach Dawson Odums talks to his players during a timeout against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern is back from its bye week and healthy for Saturday's game at Jackson State, which is a rematch of last year's SWAC championship game that the Jaguars won. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Southern gets back to work for Jackson State game on Saturday

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern defensive end Arthur Miley gets liquids to keep from cramping during a win over Prairie View earlier this season. Miley said it was good to relax during the off week, but the Jaguars are ready to get back to work..

Southern and Jackson State got back to work Monday. Both teams had open dates last week before resuming a game-week routine in preparation for their game Saturday night in Jackson, Miss. The open dates came at a logical time for two long-time rivals whose match-up is always one of the highlights of the Southwestern Athletic Conference… Continue reading →

Podcast: Southern plays against a Jackson State team that has changed a lot since last year

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern running back Darrius Coleman (30) flies through the air against Jackson State Tigers defenders.

Southern plays at Jackson State in a rematch of last year's SWAC Championship game on Saturday, but the Tigers aren't the same team they used to be. Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff and Advocate sportswriter Les East talk about the game and the uncertainty of Southern's NCAA sanctions in this "Advocate Sports: Southern" podcast. Continue reading →

Back in the game, Southern’s Dionte McDuffy steps forward as a defensive leader

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Rhaheim Ledbetter (20), LeMar Martin (41), Dionte McDuffy (23), and Bryan Anderson (38) celebrate after knocking the ball away from Arkansas Pine Bluff's Isiah Ferguson (14) for an incomplete pass Saturday, Oct. 4, at Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The first seven weeks of Dionte McDuffy’s junior season at Southern were a roller-coaster ride. In Weeks 1 and 2, McDuffy started and contributed on defense as expected, but he was one of several players pulled just before the Northwestern State game in Week 3 because of uncertainty surrounding their academic standing. So he spent three weeks practicing,… Continue reading →

Breaking down the Jaguars, position by position, as Jackson State week looms

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard (7) hands the ball off to Malcolm Crockett (3) against Alabama A&M, Saturday, Oct. 11, at Louis Crews Stadium

The Southern football team’s depth chart has been revised over and over again since the start of preseason camp in August. Much of it is the result of the usual emergence of players who earn additional playing time, as well as attrition after injuries. But Southern also has lost several players to academic ineligibility… Continue reading →

Southern sees SWAC race take shape

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Southern Jaguars get pumped up in the tunnel before taking the field prior to kickoff against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern’s open date this weekend gives it a chance to sit back and assess the Southwestern Athletic Conference race. The defending SWAC champion Jaguars (4-3 and 3-1) are in the thick of the West Division race with five games remaining. There are just three games on the SWAC schedule this weekend as three other teams —… Continue reading →