Monday, October 24, 2016

LaMontiez Ivy making most of new role with Jackson State

JACKSON, Mississippi -- Redshirt senior LaMontiez Ivy lost the starting quarterback role in Week 4, but he has found a new way to contribute over Jackson State’s final four games.

Ivy played on the punt team in last Saturday’s 21-13 road win against Texas Southern and was excited with his performance in the new role for the Tigers (3-4, 3-2 SWAC).

“He came to the sideline with a big grin on his face after the first time he went down,” said coach Tony Hughes, who oversees the special teams. “He said, ‘Coach, did you see me? I knocked a guy down, Coach. I knocked a guy down.’ He kept reminding me during the whole game.”

Ivy’s move comes after redshirt freshman Brent Lyles took the starting role and led Jackson State to its first win of the season. But Lyles lost the role to junior Jarin Morikawa, who figures to start Saturday’s 2 p.m. homecoming game against Prairie View A&M (4-3, 4-1 SWAC).

Hughes believes Ivy’s 6-foot-3, 215-pound body and athleticism will allow him to contribute on the punt return team, something shown in his knocking down Texas Southern cornerback Demetrius Johnson on Ivy’s first time on special teams.


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