The Southern University Jaguars ends summer camp with a controlled scrimmage on Saturday.
The Jags went 90 plays and kept it simple in both offensive and defensive playbooks. The defense did not tackle to the ground and backups received a lot of playing time.
“We were keeping it basic and seeing if the guys were recalling the information,” Southern coach Dawson Odums said. “It was basic (defensive) playbook. We might have had two or three calls. On offense, we were very vanilla.
The offense scored three touchdowns and got two field goals from the special teams. The defense forced five turnovers, including two interceptions, a fumble recovery and two turnovers on downs.
Starting quarterback Ladarius Skelton was eight for 13 passing for 73 yards and one touchdown, an 8-yard pass to tight end Jeremias Houston to cap off a 45-yard drive. The 6-foot-6 Houston went high to tip the ball with one hand and control it for the score.
Odums on Skelton performance, “He has command of what we’re doing, a solid foundation. He’s ready to move on and get into game preparation mode."
Defensively, Chase Foster and Tamaurice Smith had interceptions while Glenn Brown and Robert Rehm had pass breakups. Donovan White and Jordan Lewis each had a sack for the defense but Odums was troubled by four offside calls.
“We can’t beat anybody giving away yards,” he said. “We’re going to put together a penalty highlight video and show them so we can get better in the next couple of weeks.”
Up next for the Jaguars is a trip to Lake Charles to face the Cowboys of McNeese State University. This is the second matchup between the two institutions, McNeese defeated Southern 25-18 in September of 2004.
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