Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Southern football survives nonconference, opens SWAC play with Alabama State

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- The Southern University football team’s two-week nightmare is finally over, and for better or worse, the Jaguars survived.

After two weeks of playing FBS opponents in nonconference games, the Jaguars are ready to face off with a Southwestern Athletic Conference team this week when they host Alabama State in their home opener.

It wasn’t easy in any sense, Southern went 0-2, including a 66-21 defeat at Tulane last weekend, but the silver lining is that it’s over.

“We survived the injury bug. That’s always big,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. “The wrong player goes down, that can really set you back.

“We did dodge the injury bug, but now we have to get ready for conference. We have to make sure we’re healthy and smart as coaches so that our healthy guys can go out and make plays.”


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