Southern faces quarterback duel in first SWAC West game

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BATON ROUGE, La. – Southern officially handed the reigns of its offense to redshirt junior Glendon “Bubba” McDaniel against Mississippi Valley State, and during the Jaguars’ open date, the team began shaping its offense around McDaniel’s skillset.

“We was running a lot of the things that we did well in camp, but kind of tailor things to what he does well and let him have an opportunity to say ‘hey I like this play. I like this formation. These are the things that I do well,'” interim head coach Jason Rollins said.

“It’s important because the trust between the (offensive coordinator) and the quarterback has to be strong, and if I trust him, he trust me. Then, we can communicate, and it shows on the field,” McDaniel added.

McDaniel threw a career high five passing touchdowns, along with 235 passing yards, in Southern’s 38-25 win against the Delta Devils, but the Jags’ first SWAC West game could feature a QB duel.

Texas Southern quarterback Andrew Body led the Tigers to their first official win in three years (not counting the forfeit versus Alcorn in the 2021 spring season).

Body threw 205 passing yards and three scores in Texas Southern’s 69-0 victory over North American University, but the Tigers’ homecoming win was not the team’s first display of offensive explosion.

Rice beat Texas Southern the week prior, but the Body-led unit finished with 461 total yards of offense.

“Did you see what they’ve done against the other teams? They’ve played a Power 5 Baylor. They’ve played Rice and put up almost 500 yards of offense versus Rice. I mean, anytime you can score 69 points, it’s hard to do that against air. They’re very explosive,” Rollins added.

“I think, coming off this last week, they were able to get some things going and start executing some things. They’re cleaning things up, and they’re definitely going give us their best shot,” defensive end Camron Peterson said.

Texas Southern has averaged 338.7 yards, sixth best in the SWAC, through its first four games.

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