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Southern longing to recapture SWAC swagger
Although the Stump Mitchell era at Southern is off to a rocky start, there are signs of improvement.
After going 2-9 in Mitchell’s first season, the Jaguars went 4-7 in 2011, with four of their losses coming by five or fewer points.
Now Southern has more experience at key spots and looks to recapture its traditional role as a Southwestern Athletic Conference contender.
Quarterbacks Dray Joseph and J.P. Douglas, who split time last season and combined for more than 2,800 yards passing, are both back. Also returning are standout receiver Charles Hawkins and tight end Michael Berry.
With experience all across the offensive line, Southern also looks to improve a running game that ranked last in the SWAC in 2011.
The Jaguars open Sept. 1 at New Mexico.