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Jags freshman QB could see more playing time

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SU true freshman QB JP Douglas fires a completed pass against Mississippi Valley State. SU true freshman QB JP Douglas fires a completed pass against Mississippi Valley State.
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Southern head coach Stump Mitchell has a plan for his quarterbacks when the Jaguars host Prairie View A&M this weekend and it may be similar to last weekend when fans watched two different signal callers.

"Dray [Joseph] is my starter," Mitchell said. "JP Douglas will come in in the second half and he'll play some."

So, why is there a question? Well, Joseph did run for one touchdown and pass for another against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday. However, it was true freshman JP Douglas who quarterbacked the entire second half, passing for 223 yards and the game-winning score.

"Both of them have done some good things. Both of them have done some bad things. If I need to put a pinch hitter in or a relief pitcher, I'll do that," Mitchell explained.

Mitchell said some situations, like the huge home game against Jackson State, were not the right time to play Douglas.

"The sellout crowd here might have been a little big for him. I wasn't going to take that chance. I just didn't feel it, in terms of the atmosphere and everything, where it would balloon on him," Mitchell said.

But, the head coach added in other cases, like Saturday against Valley and the previous week against Florida A&M, Douglas exuded more confidence.

"But in Atlanta, his demeanor, his walk and everything demanded that he have an opportunity to go on that field. His body presence, it was totally different. And this game against Valley, he was ready to play," Mitchell said.

So, like the coach across town, Mitchell will handle the quarterbacks the way he sees fit. And hopefully, it will lead to a victory Saturday against Prairie View A&M.

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