BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern interim head coach Jason Rollins stopped what was a consistent problem on the Bluff: the rotating door at quarterback. Glendon “Bubba” McDaniel’s second start and subsequent win showed why Rollins, and the Jaguars’ coaching staff, made the redshirt junior their new QB1.
In Sunday’s win, McDaniel finished 18/26 for 235 passing yards and five passing touchdowns, and when comparing the Alabama native’s numbers to redshirt senior Ladarius Skelton’s, Bubba had the edge.
– McDaniel – 28/43, 379 passing yards, six passing touchdowns, zero turnovers
– Skelton – 21/32, 292 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, three interceptions.
Both quarterbacks have two starts in the Jags’ first four games so opportunities have been equal.
“It was an evaluation that didn’t just start last week or the week before. It was from August up until now. He had an opportunity to start a game against Miles, and Ladarius had an opportunity to start a game. They both played some against Troy. It was just a full, from August to now, competition,” Rollins said following Southern’s win against Mississippi Valley State University.
McDaniel took the reigns of the offense and Sunday’s win showed the balance he provided. The Jags racked up 238 rushing yards, only three more than Bubba’s passing total against the Delta Devils.
Now with an open date before the team’s final two SWAC games outside Louisiana, Coach Rollins is looking for his new starting signal caller to keep trending upward.
“He built from the first start against Miles. He took another step in the second start against Mississippi Valley so we just want to continue to build, and build and build so hopefully we take another step when we play Texas Southern next week,” Rollins said.
As a team, Southern ranked second in the SWAC in touchdown passing touchdowns (9) and sixth in total passing yards (678), after beating MVSU. The Gold and Blue remain the conference’s top rushing offense, ranking first in rushing yards (790) and yards per carry (5.2).
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