BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern held its final scrimmage of fall camp Saturday afternoon, and one thing stood out: Ladarius Skelton’s passing.
The Jaguars called only one designed run when the dual-threat quarterback was under center. Skelton passed on every other down. The senior threw two deep passes for touchdowns. His only blemish on the day was a tipped pass turned pick-six, but the preseason “game” was an example of Skelton’s off-season work coming to fruition.
“He’s a true dual-threat quarterback for sure now. You’re always going to respect his athletic ability, his legs, his ability to run, but him standing in the pocket now, all targets are live. It’s tough. I love it,” interim head coach Jason Rollins said.
“He looking DBs off. He’s playing within the offense. It’s not just him out there no more. It’s all 11 that’s going be on that field. They all dangerous for sure,” senior safety Jakoby Pappillion added.
“Hats off to the offensive coordinator and the things they got going on. Dre been leading our offense tremendously. I feel like they going have a lot of fire power on the offense, and I’m happy to be on a defense not going against them when the games come,” graduate linebacker Ray Anderson said with a smile.
The Jaguars defense fought back. The unit scored with the aforementioned interception, but the pass rush forced a sack as well. Rollins didn’t say the offense or defense won the day. He said the Jags won the day.
Southern finished the scrimmage exactly two weeks away from its season-opening kickoff at Troy, but the team has not called itself “game ready” yet.
“We have two weeks just to get our bodies ready, get all of the situations ready. There’s so many different situations that can come up. We want to be prepared for all of them so that’s kind of the thing that we working on, all the gameday situations that can we can be in so that’s why we’re not game ready just yet,” Rollins furthered.
“Right now, we just need to continue to get better: Attack the field every day, not only the field but as well as the classroom, stay on each other, hold guys accountable and just continue to trust the process that Coach Rollins got laid out for us,” Anderson said.
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