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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 →

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 →

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 →

Southern baseball has fresh start

Advocate sttaff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern baseball coach Roger Cador

The Southern baseball team will start its intra-squad Fall World Series on Friday at Lee Hines Field. The Jaguars will play again Saturday and if a winner-take-all finale is necessary it will take place next Friday. It’s the climax of fall baseball practice for a team trying to lay the foundation for a bounce-back from a… Continue reading →

Southern announces date of baseball gala

Colorado Springs, Colo. — The Southern University Baseball Office and Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association announced the ninth annual Bringing Back Baseball Gala will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12 in Baton Rouge at the L’Auberge Hotel and Casino. Guests in attendance include former Major League Baseball players Will Clark, David Dellucci, Terry… Continue reading →

SU women picked first, men second in SWAC basketball polls

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRESouthern basketball coach Roman Banks objects to a call last season at the F.G. Clark Activity center.

The Southwestern Athletic Conference preseason basketball polls suggest this will be another good season for both of Southern’s teams. The league’s coaches and sports information directors picked the Jaguars women to repeat as regular season champions and the men, who are also defending regular-season champions, to finish second to Alabama State. The SWAC released the poll… Continue reading →

Southern names interim coaches

Advocate file photo by BILL FEIGSouthern Athletic Director William Broussard says 'If sanctions are introduced, we want to be able to mitigate them as much as possible. ... We’ve got to get out of the mire we’re in right now.'

Southern has filled a couple of vacancies by naming assistant coaches as interim coaches, Athletic Director William Broussard said Tuesday. Teremine White has been named interim track and field coach, replacing Brian Johnson, who resigned during the summer to take an assistant’s position at Georgia; and John GarrisContinue reading →

Southern welcomes a well-timed open date

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Justin Morgan (9) slips the tackle attempt by Alabama A&M's Anthony Lanier on a fake field goal Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at Louis Crews Stadium.

Southern plans the football equivalent of a working vacation during its open date this week. The Jaguars began by giving the players a welcome day off from practice Monday, but they’ll be back on the field Tuesday, the start of three straight days of workouts. “We’ve played seven games in a row, and we’re a little… Continue reading →

Southern Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUKSouthern quarterback Austin Howard hands off to Malcolm Crockett against Alabama A&M on Saturday.

Coming up Southern (4-3, 3-1) has the first of two open dates before returning to the road to visit Jackson State on Oct. 25. The Tigers, the defending Southwestern Athletic East Division champions, are 3-4 and 1-3 after losing their homecoming game to Mississippi Valley State 27-23 on Saturday. JSU also has an open date… Continue reading →

Southern defense regroups, dominates second half at Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Aaron Tiller sacks Alabama A&M quarterback Jaymason Lee during Saturday's game at Lewis Crews Stadium in Normal, Ala.

NORMAL, Ala. — Southern entered Saturday’s game against Alabama A&M with one of the worst defenses in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Jaguars — who gave up almost 700 yards two weeks ago in a 56-14 loss to Alcorn State — came in allowing almost 38 points and 440 yards per game, and after the… Continue reading →

Southern 35, Alabama A&M 34: Three and out

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

1. WHAT WE LEARNED 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… Continue reading →

Austin Howard is growing into starter’s role at QB for Southern

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Southern quarterback Austin Howard (7) runs in for a touchdown in the first half at Prairie View.

Austin Howard makes his fourth consecutive start at quarterback for Southern when it visits Alabama A&M on Saturday. Barring something unexpected, he’ll go the distance for the fourth consecutive game after spelling now-injured starter Deonte Shorts in the first three games. Though the time off and an impending open date might allow Shorts to return to… Continue reading →

Four Downs: Southern at Alabama A&M

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Justin Morgan (9) watches a gameplay from the bench area against Arkansas Pine Bluff, Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

1. LOSS LINGERS Alabama A&M celebrated what it thought was a 17-14 win last season when Southern QB Dray Joseph was called for grounding from the Bulldogs 10-yard line and the officials called for the requisite 10-second runoff, which ended the game. But Jaguars coach Dawson Odums pointed out that Southern had a timeout it wished to use… Continue reading →

Alabama A&M’s Montaurius Smith just keeps catching passes

Advocate staff photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Alabama A&M wide receiver Montaurius Smith (4) makes the grab against Southern defensive backs Johnathan Mack (32) and Dionte McDuffy on Oct. 12, 2013.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Privately, Montaurius Smith vowed to become the best receiver in Alabama A&M history when he showed up five years ago. Publicly, the 6-foot, 177-pound senior kept his thoughts to himself. Smith wanted to be better than John Stallworth, who went on to win four Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.… Continue reading →

Arthur Miley becoming more vocal as Southern leader

Advocate file photo by RICHARD ALAN HANNON -- Southern defensive end Arthur Miley sacks Alabama State quarterback Daniel Duhart during a game last season.

Arthur Miley is a 6-foot-6, 265-pound defensive lineman who doesn’t like to say much. But he’s a captain the Southern football team, and being vocal recently became a requirement for him. Before Southern’s certification issues, Miley and linebacker Daniel Brown complemented each other as defensive leaders. Miley led by example while Brown was the vocal leader.… Continue reading →

Danny Johnson helps lead improved Southern defense

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Danny Johnson (10) and Rhaheim Ledbetter (20) tackle Arkansas Pine Bluff's Marvante King (24), Saturday, Oct. 4, in Southern's A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Southern wide receiver Justin Morgan reflected on the Jaguars first workout in full pads during preseason camp in early August. He was recalling the first time freshman cornerback Danny Johnson grabbed his attention. “He was out there knocking everything down; no matter what we threw, he was knocking it down,” Morgan said before practice Tuesday. “That… Continue reading →

Hall of Famer Aeneas Williams gives Southern its season motto: ‘Be the best at your role’

Associated Press file photo by TONY DEJAK -- Hall of Fame Inductee Aeneas Williams greets fans as he is introduced during the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 2 in Canton, Ohio.

Aeneas Williams left his mark on Southern football before embarking on an NFL career that landed him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August. When he returned to campus for the Jaguars’ 51-36 homecoming victory against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last Saturday, Williams left a mark on this year’s team. During a pregame talk to the team Williams said… Continue reading →

Southern starts basketball practice

The Southern men’s and women’s basketball teams both won a Southwestern Athletic Conference regular-season title last season. But both teams begin preseason practice Wednesday trying to figure the identity of a new team. The men’s team returns just five players who saw action last season. The women’s team has much more experience with four returning starters,… Continue reading →