BATON ROUGE, La. – “Who is Southern’s starting quarterback?” It’s a question the Jags didn’t answer entering the bye last week, and the query remained as a Saturday night game in Houston looms. Following the loss to Arkansas-Pine Bluff two weeks ago, head coach Dawson Odums didn’t commit to John Lampley or Ladarius Skelton, and with Bubba McDaniel slated to return from his hand injury, no one in the QB room has secured the starting job.
“We’re not sold on just one guy or two guys. It’s all about how they respond. If you’re the starter and you go out, and you do what’s necessary for us to win then, you’ll play. If you go out and you don’t do what’s necessary then, we have a package to where we can interject another guy and still have a sufficient offense,” Odums said.
The quarterback controversy came from the loss against UAPB, when Odums benched Skelton for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, but the Jags’ head coach spoke with the senior quarterback about the standard he has to maintain as the team leader.
“That’s all we really talked about is the expectation of playing quarterback in the position here at Southern University. It’s not going be tolerated, and I think long as guys understand what your expectations are as a coach and a program, they’ll rise up to those,” the head coach added.
Odums didn’t announce a starter during his weekly presser, but Thursday, Lampley posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “the chains are gone.” Take the picture with a grain of salt.
Southern kicks off against Texas Southern 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.
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