BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — The Jaguars are coming out of the bye week healthy, rested, and looking to reset after a disappointing 1-2 start to the 2023 season.

After being the No. 2 rushing team in the SWAC in 2022, Southern ranks last in the conference in rushing yards per game with 61.7. With an upcoming game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, a team near the bottom of defending the run (189.0 rush yards allowed per game), an opportunity arises for head coach Eric Dooley’s team to get the ball moving on the ground.

“You just got to put those guys in a better position and make better plays. And I think we have done that with changing up the offensive line and in allowing those guys to do some things and opening up some other schemes, some things that we know teams aren’t doing,” said Dooley.

The largest runs of the year for Southern belong to Kendric Rhymes, who averages 4.7 yards per rush. The sophomore does not lack confidence in the rest of the backfield.

“We know what kind of team we are and we know that we are one big play away and probably one block away. So we know once we get tweak that and get that one win correction right, we’re really dangerous,” said Rhymes.

Dooley shared that four-year Jaguar running back Kobe Dillon is healthy after the bye week and should be ready to play against the Golden Lions.

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