Struggling Jags defense prepares for first matchup with Alcorn since 2019

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BATON ROUGE, La. – “Embarrassed a lot more than disappointed. Just embarrassed for the outcome, as well as myself, and it’s on me to make sure that that doesn’t happen,” interim head coach Jason Rollins said about the team’s morale.

“What we did this weekend wasn’t that. It wasn’t what they deserved or what the standard is at Southern. When you wear that ‘S-U’ on your helmet, it comes with a lot of expectations, and we didn’t live up to those this weekend,” linebacker Ray Anderson doubled down about Southern’s performance in front a packed A.W. Mumford Stadium.

The Jaguars suffered their worst conference loss since 2015, and the Gold and Blue no longer have a chance of reaching the SWAC Championship game.

The Bayou Classic will likely Southern’s final game in 2021, but before reaching Thanksgiving weekend, the Jags must face their nemesis and new divisional opponent: Alcorn.

The Braves will not be an easier matchup for Southern’s struggling defense.

Alcorn has won four games in a row, and the former SWAC East powerhouse has averaged almost 33 points during the win streak, including a season high 44 last week versus Texas Southern.

The Jags’ defense will have to stop the conference’s fourth-leading passer: Felix Harper.

However, key defensive players, including Buck Buchanan Award Winner Jordan Lewis are questionable at best for Saturday, but the Jaguars are not making excuses.

“Our depth has to play. The expectations are exactly the same no matter who’s in the game so you have to go in and make the plays, when they’re there to be made, and when your number’s called, you have to be ready. That’s all on making sure we prepare our depth as much as we can possibly prepare them so that when they get there on Saturdays that we won’t have any drop offs,” Rollins added.

“Practicing harder, coming out, giving more effort at practice and working on the little things that we have to. Work on steps, or alignment or certain things like that. Those things help with playing, and once you come together in practice, it’s going carry over to the game,” defensive end Tyran Nash added.

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