Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Jackson State to "evaluate" quarterback position

JACKSON, Mississippi -- Jackson State may have a new starting quarterback this weekend.

Coach Tony Hughes said Monday that the Tigers plan to “evaluate” the position ahead of their game against the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 4 p.m. Saturday in Little Rock, Arkansas, though he added the team does that each week at every position.

A change seems possible after senior LaMontiez Ivy was pulled after just three possessions in last Saturday’s 35-14 home loss to Grambling State. He had been 5 of 8 for 46 yards and had just thrown his third interception of the season, but Hughes said the two weren’t related and that the team planned to use Lyles in the game regardless.

“It had to do with we need(ed) a spark,” Hughes said. “We need(ed) to maybe change something up. Let’s go with the fastball pitcher. We’ve tried the changeup pitcher.”

Redshirt freshman Brent Lyles went 19 of 35 for 150 yards and an interception in place of Ivy and made his case for the role after leading the Tigers (0-3, 0-1 SWAC) on several drives.

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