Southern’s new practice time could help Jags with night-time fall schedule

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BATON ROUGE, La. – The days of Southern practicing at the crack of dawn officially ended. The Jaguars’ Tuesday practice began around 4 p.m. Interim head coach Jason Rollins expected the time switch to help the team’s performance in practice.

“We have an opportunity to get up, and get rolling and get two meals in you, before you hit the field,” Rollins said.

The Jags afternoon practices will be the new norm for the fall season, but practice performance won’t be the only sign of improvement.

The biggest benefit for the team will be switching their internal clocks for kickoffs. In the past Southern practiced early in the morning (around 6 a.m.) during the week, while their games didn’t begin until four in the afternoon or later.

The 2021 schedule currently has seven 6 p.m. kickoffs, and the time change could be an X-factor for the team.

“That’s always a plus. You’re getting your body ready to perform at a certain time so you always have that clock inside of you. We try to train that clock as well,” Rollins added.

Southern will get to test the time-switch theory early. The season opener at Troy will be a 6 p.m. kickoff.

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