The interim head football coach of Southern University only wants his guys to play with passion in their next two games and the players understand they must do their "111."
Coach Dawson Odums is 1-0 at the helm of the team and Southern has two very winnable road games coming up. The first is against Florida A and M and then at Alcorn State.
The Jaguars certainly had a different mood after beating Jackson State compared to what they called an embarrassing loss to Mississippi Valley State. It all came down to finishing, which is something they couldn't do last season.
"We knew that we were going to be able to execute," said Chris Browne, a senior offensive lineman. "As an offense, we did get the first down that we needed. It took a lot of, Dray [Joseph], to make a big play."
"It was heart and pure determination and fight," added Casey Narcisse, a senior defensive lineman.
"It's everybody coming in and doing their 111," said Lee Doss, a junior wide receiver. "If everybody does their 111, I don't think there's going to be a team to stop us. We have to just finish in the fourth."
What is 111?
"Do your job. If you do your job, that means the whole team, everybody is doing their job, if you do your 111," Doss explained.
The team is focusing on doing its 111 and it seems to be resulting in a 180-degree change. The players give a lot of that credit to Corliss Fingers, the team's strength and conditioning coach, and her offseason workouts.
"You go through the first three phases of the game and then you get to the fourth quarter. It's harder, your body is more tired and you need to know how to finish fatigued," said Doss.
"I still think about those workouts. During the game, it's like, we've worked way too hard not to be able to win games. I think that working out is about mental conditioning. I don't know if it's just totally about physical, but you remember those things and it makes you stronger in your mind to be able to dominate anybody you're blocking," Browne added.
The Jags are trying to block out last season's disappointing loss to FAMU, where they blew a 16-point 3rd quarter lead.
"I'm very angry. I'm very angry. Every loss we have I still hold it to my heart. I still play with a chip on my shoulder," Narcisse explained.
"We have a lot of good momentum going into it. We have a different atmosphere than we had last year and even two weeks ago, so I feel like I'm very confident in the team that we'll be able to win," said Browne.
Revenge will definitely be on their minds this Saturday in Atlanta. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. on NBCSports.
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