Wednesday, November 30, 2016

How will Southern replace offensive stars Lenard Tillery and Willie Quinn? By creating opportunity

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana -- The questions for Southern coach Dawson Odums right after the 2013 season ended centered on just how he would replace Dray Joseph, the school’s all-time leading passer, and his top receiver Lee Doss.

They’re similar to the questions he’s getting now regarding Willie Quinn, the school’s all-time leading receiver, and Lenard Tillery, the most prolific rusher the SWAC has ever seen.

The answer to both are the same: it’s not about replacing greatness, it’s about creating the opportunity for others to create their own form of greatness.

“We don’t talk about replacing guys,” Odums said. “What we talk about is a new window of opportunity for somebody to have the spotlight shined upon them.”

The Jaguars rode Tillery and Quinn heavily in 2016.

Tillery won the SWAC rushing title with 1,665 rushing yards, more than 400 yards of Alabama State’s Khalid Thomas (1,237), who was the league’s only other 1,000 yard rusher.


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