For the first time in five years, the Southern Jaguars played a spring football game at A.W. Mumford Stadium. On Saturday, Dawson Odums’ team capped off their three weeks of spring football with a game pitting offense against defense.
While Southern didn’t keep an official score, there were still many bright spots throughout the game, mainly surrounding the quarterback position. With the departure of senior Austin Howard after last season, the Jaguars have a vacancy at the quarterback position. After spring football, it seems like sophomore John Lampley is the clubhouse leader to be next year’s starter. But Odums says the five-man competition is still wide open, and likely won’t be decided until the fall.
All five quarterbacks saw the field during the spring game. Coach Odums says he saw good things from each of them, specifically Lampley, who tossed three touchdown passes and made a few nice plays with his feet.
With the aforementioned Howard, and others, such as defensive back Danny Johnson, leaving the Jags after last season, this spring’s Southern squad looked quite different. Odums was pleased with development at many positions, especially since many guys did not see much playing time last season.
Despite the question marks at quarterback, Jaguar fans can look forward to an offense that will spread the field and look to get the ball into the hands of their explosive playmakers, mainly some big, talented wide receivers that Odums contends could be the key piece of next season’s offense.
While it's foolish to expect perfection during spring football, Odums believes his guys laid down a solid foundation to take bigger steps once the fall rolls around.
Next year’s Jaguars will have to be ready to play right away, as Southern starts the year with difficult road games against TCU and Louisiana Tech before their home opener against Langston.
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