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UTSA Roadrunners Defeat the Southern Jaguars 51-17

The Southern Jaguars traveled to the Alamodome to take on the UTSA Roadrunners this past Saturday night. The Jaguars went into the game optimistic at 1-1 in the season after being defeated by Southern Mississippi 45-0, last weekend. However, the Jags weren’t able to come out on top against UT – San Antonio.

Blown coverages have led to easy touchdowns that could have been prevented against SU’s opponents these last two weeks. Which may be the reason, Southern has lost their last two games. Southern coach Dawson Odums said “The guys got to be on the same page. You can’t blow coverages and it seems like we left them wide open.” On the first score of the game, UTSA receiver Kerry Thomas ran straight behind Southern’s secondary easily running under a high arching pass for a score. Later in the same half, Shaq Williams was left uncovered on a wheel route. Therefore, there has been a recurring issue of players leaving their assigned area. If the Jaguars can tackle this problem, then they will be able to make team’s put in work to take them out and will be able to finish on top.

Another part of the issue, Odums said, was that Southern was alternating several players in and out of the secondary in hopes of getting through the game with their key players healthy. Which threw the on-field chemistry off. “I feel like all 11 people on the field need to know the call,” said senior defensive back Danny Johnson. “Once this happens, we’ll be in a better position to make plays.”

Southern has been struggling to hold on to the ball, Saturday the Jags had at least five drops and a couple occurred in crucial situations. Coach Odums believes this can’t happen when you’re trying to get two freshmen at quarterback into a rhythm. “You’ve got to make plays for them, especially when they’re young, you’ve got to make plays,” Odums said. “That just destroys your rhythm on offense when you have drops, because a lot of those drops are on plays that could be positive plays.”

The Southern Jaguars have a group of men who are undeniably talented. But, the Jags will have to stay focused and make plays if they wish to come out with a win. Southern’s defense will need to step up as they move forward. Defensively, the Jaguars must put a stop to explosive plays! In addition to this, Southern needs to strengthen their on-field chemistry and make sure that everyone is on the same page so they can bring the Jaguar Nation another win. Let’s go Jags!

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