Coach Odums, players preview Southern vs. Virginia-Lynchburg

Coach Odums previews Southern vs. Virginia-Lynchburg

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Southern head coach Dawson Odums previewed Saturday’s home finale against Virginia University of Lynchburg.

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The game on Saturday, November 9, will be the Jags’ (5-4, 4-1 SWAC) final home game of the season. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. at A.W. Mumford Stadium.

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Odums called the game against Alabama A&M “interesting.” He said his Jags left some plays on the field. He noted his run defense was very good. He said this team is gritty and he likes that.

The Dragons are 0-7 but Odums said you can’t look at records. He wants to see his team go out and execute.

Odums said the success of the offense is possible because of the senior leadership and health of the offensive line. Odums added he thinks quarterback Ladarius Skelton has gained confidence, which is why the offense has moved the ball so well against the Bulldogs.

Odums talked a lot about senior linebacker Calvin Lunkins. He pointed out his leadership, sacrifice, and great contributions to the program.

He also talked about the recent woes of the pass defense. He said the defensive backs need to play with swagger. He added the big plays given up have happened due to miscommunication on the field between players. He said the players and coaches will continue to work on fixing the problems.

The Jags are coming off a big 35-31 homecoming win over Alabama A&M. Skelton finished 16-of-25 for 198 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 238 yards on 34 carries and scored two rushing touchdowns.

The Dragons are coming into the game after a 56-6 loss to the Hampton Pirates.

Fans are encouraged to wear navy or camo. This game will honor those in the military and will honor this season’s seniors.

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