Monday, October 10, 2016
JACKSON, Mississippi -- Coach Tony Hughes wanted to strike the right balance during Jackson State’s bye week. He needed to back off enough to allow his players to recover from injuries and to provide a break while maintaining the sharpness needed as they prepare for the remainder of their schedule.
The Tigers (2-3, 2-1 SWAC) appear to have accomplished their goal as they get ready for Saturday’s 6 p.m. game at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium against Southern (2-2, 2-0).
“The players seem refreshed, excited, looking forward to our next challenge,” Hughes said. “We had an excellent practice (Sunday afternoon), a high-spirited practice.”
The Tigers practiced just three days last week, Tuesday through Thursday, giving injured players such as defensive end/linebacker Javancy Jones an opportunity to rest. The team game planned for Southern but spent time working on its schemes and fundamentals.
Hughes believes the biggest beneficiaries were the program’s inexperienced members.