South Alabama Jaguars | 5-6, 2-5 Sun Belt
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers | 9-2, 5-2 Sun Belt
Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 | 2:30 pm (CST)
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: Senior Day/Salute To Service
• Giveaways: Approximately 1,000 free T-shirts will be available to students at Gate 1
• 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.
• Parking: Opens for tailgating at 8 am
Associated Press — n/a
Coaches — n/a
Sagarin — 136th
Associated Press — n/a
Coaches — RV (tie-32nd)
Sagarin — 56th
Overall: Series tied 1-1
In Mobile: USA leads 1-0
In Conway: CCU leads 1-0
Series Streak: CCU — 1 (2020)
First Meeting: USA, 31-28, on Nov. 23, 2018, in Mobile
Last Meeting: CCU, 23-6, on Nov. 7, 2020, in Conway
Kane Wommack (Southern Mississippi ’09)
Record at USA — 5-6 (1st season)
Career record — same
Record vs. CCU — 0-0
Jamey Chadwell (East Tennessee State ’00)
Record at CCU — 28-19 (4th season)
Career Record — 88-54 (12th season)
Record vs. USA — 1-0
• South Alabama plays host to Coastal Carolina on Senior Day Friday afternoon.
• The Jaguars are looking for their sixth win this season in an effort to return to a postseason bowl for the first time since the 2016 campaign.
• It’s the fourth year in a row that the Jaguars will end the regular season at home.
• South has a 7-5 record on Senior Day since the program’s inception in 2009, including picking up victories in four of the last five contests.
• This will be USA’s first home game since defeating Arkansas State on Oct. 30.
South Alabama-Coastal Carolina Series Notes
• The Jaguars and Chanticleers have split the first two meetings in the series with each winning at home.
• The winning team has rushed for over 200 yards while limiting the opposition to fewer than 100 on the ground in both match-ups.
• They also had built a double-digit advantage by the end of the first quarter while leading wire-to-wire.
• Coastal’s previous visit to Mobile was on the final weekend of the regular season as well, with the Jaguars claiming a 31-28 Senior Day victory in 2018.
• Tra Minter’s 203-yard performance is still the only 200-yard rushing game in South’s history.
Notes From The Last Coastal Carolina Meeting
• Only eighth-ranked BYU limited the Chants to a lower point total last fall.
• It was one of four occasions a year ago that South’s defense allowed a season-low two touchdowns.
• The Jags’ third-down conversion percentage was their lowest of the season.
• It marked the first time since last season’s opener that Keith Gallmon Jr. was credited with a double-figure tackle total.
• Making his 28th appearance as a Jaguar, it was the first time in his career that Jalen Wayne led the team in receiving yards.
Notes On Wommack’s Coaching/Playing Career
• Kane 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.
South Celebrates Senior Day
Prior to the Coastal Carolina contest, the South Alabama football program will recognize the following 16 individuals on the field playing their last regular-season game at Hancock Whitney Stadium:
4 — Tré Young (S, 5-11, 190, Mobile, Ala.)
6 — Devin Rockette (CB, 5-10, 180, Oxford, Miss.)
7 — Chris Henderson (OLB, 6-4, 230, Hampton, Ga.)
8 — Jalen Tolbert (WR, 6-3, 190, Mobile, Ala.)
12 — Cade Sutherland (WR, 6-0, 195, College Park, Ga.)
13 — Jake Bentley (QB, 6-4, 225, Opelika, Ala.)
14 — Kareem Walker (RB, 6-0, 215, Irvington, N.J.)
24 — Shawn Jennings (ILB, 6-1, 230, Dadeville, Ala.)
25 — Jamal Brooks (ILB, 6-1, 235, Bessemer, Ala.)
32 — Kwameh Lewis (S, 5-11, 195, Montgomery, Ala.)
40 — Destin Myers (TE, 6-0, 230, Spanish Fort, Ala.)
46 — Nick Mobley (ILB, 5-11, 205, Alabaster, Ala.)
49 — Christian Bell (OLB, 6-4, 240, Birmingham, Ala.)
71 — Ja’Chai Baker (OL, 6-6, 310, Omaha, Neb.)
79 — Braden Moody (OL, 6-5, 305, Vicksburg, Miss.)
97 — Frankie Onate (PK, 5-11, 200, Jacksonville, Fla.)
Tolbert Shines At Tennessee
Just days after officially accepting an invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl, Jalen Tolbert went out and led all players at Tennessee after recording seven catches for 143 yards including a 68-yard touchdown in the final quarter that is the Jaguars’ longest play from scrimmage this fall. Coming off a 108-yard performance at Appalachian State the previous week, it marked the second time this year that Tolbert has gone over 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games — he also turned the trick in a win over Georgia Southern and match-up with ULM Oct. 14 and 23 — as his six outings accomplishing the feat in 2021 would be enough to match the school career record in the category entering the season. Tolbert has now paced South in receiving yards in each of the last 15 games dating back to last November, a stretch that began after the Jags’ last meeting with the Chanticleers in Conway.
Gallmon Game Against Vols
Gallmon Jr. shared game-high honors against the Vols with seven stops last time out — his highest total since recording seven at ULM on Oct. 23 — with the figure including a season-best-tying six individual tackles. It was the first occasion that the junior safety has led the team in the category since posting nine on Oct. 9 at Texas State, as he now needs six to total 200 in his time at South.
DeShazor Makes Milestone Tackle In Knoxville
With his first tackle in the opening quarter last weekend, A.J. DeShazor Jr. became the 10th individual in program history to record 200 stops in a career. The team’s leader in the category entering the season finale — the junior needs just three tackles in the match-up with the Chants to surpass his previous career high set in 2019 — DeShazor Jr. was credited with his first sack in his time with the program with an assist as well against the Vols.
Tight Ends Scoring Touchdowns
Lincoln Sefcik posted South’s first points in Knoxville on Saturday with a three-yard reception early in the second quarter, his fourth touchdown of the year; that’s the most recorded by a Jaguar tight end since current Seattle Seahawk Gerald Everett finished with eight during the 2015 campaign. At least one individual from the position group has now caught a touchdown pass in six of the last seven contests, with the quartet of Sefcik, Brandon Crum, Jacob Hopper and Trent Tyre combining to account for seven of the team’s 20 receptions for scores this fall..
Hauling In The Long Ball
Both of junior Jalen Wayne’s receptions against the Volunteers covered 20-plus yards — the wideout ended the night with 55 on two catches — after he had grabbed two catches for 20 or more yards in the Jags’ previous four games combined. It was the first time Wayne has finished with at least 50 yards receiving in back-to-back contests since accomplishing the feat against both Alcorn State and Louisiana on Sept. 18 and Oct 2, with the effort leaving him 14 yards shy of matching the career total he had recorded in 36 appearances entering the campaign.
Thomas Is Tough
Redshirt freshman DL Wy’Kevious Thomas has been credited with a minimum of four tackles in three of the last four outings after posting four at Tennessee, giving him 46 on the season including a team-high-tying 5½ behind the line of scrimmage after he split a sack with DeShazor Jr. on the final snap of the first half. That’s the most stops recorded by a Jag defensive lineman since 2018, when Tyree Turner ended the year with 51.
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