South Alabama Jaguars | 2-0, 0-0 Sun Belt
Alcorn State Braves | 1-1, 0-0 SWAC
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021 | 7 pm (CDT)
Mobile, Ala. | Hancock Whitney Stadium
25,450 capacity | FieldTurf
J.D. Byars (pxp)
Pat Greenwood (analysis)
USA Football Radio Network
(flagship 96.1 FM/Sports Talk 99.5 FM in Mobile)
JT Crabtree (pxp)
Chris May (analysis)
Tommy Hicks (sidelines)
• Special: Parents’ Weekend / Extra Yard for Teachers
• Giveaway: First 5,000 fans receive shakers
• Water Policy: Empty clear water bottles are allowed in Hancock Whitney Stadium that then may be filled at the various water fountains on the concourse.
• Clear Bag Policy: Click usajaguars.com/clearbag for all information.
• Stadium Chairs: Portable stadium chairs 16″ wide and smaller (with or without backrest) are allowed at Hancock Whitney Stadium. Larger chairs will be denied.
• Tickets: Single game tickets start at just $20 and are available online at usajaguars.com/tickets, over the phone (251-461-1USA) or in person as you arrive for the game. Windows open two hours prior to kickoff on gameday.
• Home and Visitor Player Pass List: Tickets will be at the East ticket booth adjacent to Gate 1.
• Shuttles: Free shuttles will provide service from Lot 804 on USA North Drive and the Moulton belltower on USA South Drive to the stadium; service before the game until 90 minutes upon conclusion of contest. Free parking is available in the 900 lots (TRPIII) with $2 per person shuttle available to the stadium. Please refer to usajaguars.com/parking for more information.
• Jag Prowl: Begins at 4:50 pm on John Counts Drive
• Parking: Opens for tailgating at 8 a.m.
Associated Press — n/a
Coaches — n/a
Sagarin — 116th
Associated Press — n/a
Coaches — n/a
Sagarin — 190th
Overall: first meeting
In Mobile: n/a
In Lorman: n/a
Series Streak: n/a
First Meeting: n/a
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Kane Wommack (Southern Mississippi ’09)
Record at USA — 2-0 (1st season)
Career record — same
Record vs. Alcorn — 0-0
Fred McNair (Alcorn State ’92)
Record at Alcorn — 31-20 (5th season)
Career Record — same
Record vs. USA — 0-0
• South returns home to play Alcorn State in its final outing prior to the start of Sun Belt Conference play.
• The Braves are the only NCAA Football Championship Subdivision program on the Jaguars’ schedule this fall.
• USA has a 13-2 record against current NCAA FCS members with wins in their last six contests dating back to a victory over Gardner-Webb in the 2015 season opener.
• This marks the fourth time in the last five years that the Jags will face a Southwestern Conference opponent, having played host to Alabama A&M, Alabama State and Jackson State during the 2017-19 campaigns.
• Grambling was scheduled to be USA’s first-ever opponent at Hancock Whitney Stadium on Sept. 12 last year as well, but the game was cancelled after the SWAC moved its season to the spring.
• South has claimed its last three meetings with programs from the Magnolia State and has a 5-3 mark all-time against Mississippi schools.
The Jags Against SWAC Competition
• USA is 4-0 all-time against league membership with a win over Mississippi Valley State in 2011 to go along with defeats of the three schools in the above note.
• The Jags have outscored the opposition 162-24 in those games.
• South has never scored fewer than 35 points while averaging 40.5 points per outing against SWAC schools.
• Defensively, the Jaguars have surrendered one score or less three times during that span.
• In fact, USA’s last shutout came in a 45-0 victory over AAMU on Sept. 16, 2017.
Notes From The Last SWAC Meeting
• The Jaguars defeated Jackson State in their home opener on Sept. 7, 2019.
• South’s 413 rushing yards in the contest set a school record that still stands today.
• Tra Minter led the way with 189 yards on the ground and 275 all-purpose yards, both the second-highest totals on the school game record list.
• Current sophomore RB Jared Wilson’s rushing yards that afternoon are still the highest of his career.
• The Jag offense also recorded season-best scoring, total offense and first down figures.
• It was also the fewest points and total yards allowed by USA that fall.
Notes On Wommack’s Coaching/Playing Career
• Wommack, 34, became the third head coach in program history and youngest at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level when he was hired on Dec. 12 last year.
• He was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award, given to the top NCAA FBS assistant coach in the nation, in 2020 after helping Indiana go 6-2 overall while finishing 12th in the final Associated Press poll.
• In addition to serving as the Hoosiers’ defensive coordinator — the youngest in the Power Five — the last two years, Wommack was also defensive coordinator for the Jags in 2016 and ’17 as well as at Eastern Illinois for one season prior to his first stint in Mobile.
• The Jaguars allowed over 10 points fewer per outing than the previous campaign his first year on the staff, the fifth-best improvement in the NCAA FBS that fall.
• After beginning his collegiate playing career at Arkansas in 2006, Wommack was a fullback and tight end at Southern Miss for three years — helping the Golden Eagles to a postseason bowl appearance each fall — before receiving his degree from the school in 2009.
Two For Two
The Jaguars are off to their first 2-0 start since winning their opening two outings of the 2011 campaign, the last of 19 straight wins to begin the program’s history. South last won three consecutive contests in 2014, when it earned four victories in a row from Sept. 27-Oct. 24.
Sophomore Earns Sun Belt Special Teams Honor
PK Diego Guajardo accounted for nearly half the Jags’ scoring output in their defeat of Bowling Green, posting 10 points after making a career-high-tying three field goals and adding an extra point to be voted the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. His first two field goals supplied the only scoring by either team in the second quarter, cutting USA’s deficit to two at the break, but it was his kick from 44 yards out as time expired that lifted the Jaguars to their first come-from-behind win in nearly three years. It was the fourth occasion since the start of last season that the sophomore has connected on multiple field goals, as he matched his previous high set in an Oct. 17 win over Texas State last fall.
The outside linebacker duo of CJ Rias and Christian Bell combined to record all three of the Jaguars’ sacks in their win over the Falcons last time out, giving the team seven in the first two outings of the year. The former became the became the first USA defender to post two sacks in a game since Tyree Turner did so in a win over Coastal Carolina on Nov. 23, 2018, while Bell is the first Jag to be credited with a sack in back-to-back contests since Riley Cole accomplished the feat on Oct. 26 and Nov. 9 in match-ups with nationally-ranked Appalachian State and Texas State the following season. South last finished with three-plus sacks in consecutive contests when it accomplished the feat in each of the first three games of the 2018 campaign.
Career Days On Defense
S Yam Banks posted five of his six stops in the opening half of the Jags’ win at BGSU on the way to recording a career high in the category for the second straight outing. The freshman wasn’t the only member of the unit to accomplish the feat, with Chris Henderson equaling his previous career best set against UAB last fall after finishing the contest with five tackles; in fact, this marks the first time since joining the program in 2016 that he has been credited with four or more stops in consecutive games.
Entering the fourth quarter of last weekend’s victory, Terrion Avery had rushed for 23 yards on 10 attempts; that’s a total he would surpass in the final period prior to the Jaguars crossing midfield on their game-tying drive. On that march, the junior running back had gains of 12 and 11 yards for first downs before scoring on a 13-yard run with USA facing third-and-seven to tie the contest with less than two minutes remaining. Not only was it Avery’s first touchdown since he scored in last year’s opening win at Southern Mississippi, he finished with a career-best 82 rushing and 87 all-purpose yards.
Fast Start For Freshman Receiver
Caullin Lacy tied for game-high honors with eight receptions in the BGSU victory, ending the contest with 63 yards after his final catch of the night covered 20 yards to help the Jags convert a fourth-and-eight on the game-tying drive in the fourth quarter. With 13 receptions for 130 yards in South’s first two outings of the fall, the freshman has already surpassed his output in both categories — 11 catches for 98 yards — from a year ago.
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