Friday, September 9, 2016

Game Day Preview: Alabama State at Alcorn State


1. Back to work: Alabama State head coach Brian Jenkins said his team showed some promise during its 26-13 loss at UTSA last Saturday, but said that there were too many mistakes to overcome in the second half. “Our guys went in there and played hard from beginning to end,” Jenkins said Monday morning. “We didn’t play well enough to win, but now we’re getting ready for our next game.” That next game is with defending SWAC champion Alcorn State, which Alabama State hasn’t beaten since 2013. “We’re really excited and ready to play Alcorn,” Jenkins said. “I expect it to be a great weekend for a football game, and we’re looking forward to a big challenge.”

2. Running start: Alabama State senior running back Khalid Thomas got off to a solid start to his 2016 season, rushing for 93 yards and a touchdown during last Saturday’s loss. Jenkins said that he expects a big year from his starting running back. “Khalid is a veteran who knows how to prepare for games, and he’s been in many situations,” Jenkins said. “It was good to see him get off to a good start, and we expect him to be successful.” Thomas averaged 4.8 yards per carry last season.


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