Jags’ two award winners will be key in showdown versus SWAC’s best offense

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Kobe Dillon earned the FCS National Freshman Player of the Week award, after breaking Southern’s record for most rushing yards in a game. The quarterback turned running back only needed 14 carries to rack up 267 yards on the ground.

Dillon’s historic afternoon was his sixth game ever at running back, but thanks to the veteran Jaguar backfield, the former Ferriday QB learned the position well enough to start Saturday’s blowout win versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

“It’s a very unselfish room. It’s a lot of peer pressure to do well. The expectations are, when you’re on the field, there should be no drop of, no matter what you are on the depth chart or where you are on the depth chart,” interim head coach Jason Rollins said.

“We are great. We compete. We make each other better. Coming in the running back room, you gotta have it on your mind. I love it. They’re brothers. They help me. They help me, when I’m coming off the field. If I miss something or seen something that they saw, they just help me,” Dillon added.

The Jaguars will need their top-ranked rushing attack to win the battle against Prairie View A&M. The Panthers have the SWAC’s third best run defense, and the Southern will have to keep pace with arguably the conference’s best offense.

PVAMU’s offense entered this week ranked second in scoring, passing yards and rushing yards, and the Panthers will bring the number one total offense into A.W. Mumford Stadium this weekend.

Southern’s defense has struggled through six games. The Jaguars ranked sixth in total yards and passing yards, fifth in rushing and seventh in scoring.

However, the Gold and Blue came off their best defensive performance against UAPB. The Jags allowed a season low seven points against the Golden Lions, thanks to the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week, Chase Foster, catching three interceptions in the 34-7 win.

“The first thing you say is like ‘wow,’ and then, you watch him play. You like ‘oh I get it now. The size will fool you. We just say he’s short. He’s extremely intelligent. He knows where the ball is going before the snap on most plays, and he studies film like a coach,” Rollins said.

“My approach to breaking down film is just looking at the little things, the details, things that I can see on film that may give me a upper hand or a better step on plays that I make in the game,” Foster furthered.

Saturday’s homecoming game will begin a four-game gauntlet for the Jags on their home turf. The next four opponents have a combined 12-1 record in SWAC play.

Kickoff is 6 p.m.

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