Top players to watch as SU Jags gear up for homecoming

Saturday, October 26, 2013, will set a milestone for Dawson Odums as his first homecoming as the Jaguars’ head coach and last homecoming for two of the teams top players.



This homecoming will be the last time seniors, quarterback Dray Joseph and senior Defensive Back Virgil Williams suit up for the Jaguars.

Dray Joseph said he is ready for his fourth homecoming appearance. The Edgard, La native first joined the Jaguars his freshmen year in 2010. For the 2010 season opener in Orlando, Florida, Joseph showed he was not a freshman to be overlooked as he passed for 162 yards and a touchdown leading the Jaguars to victory over Delaware State 37-27.

Dray Joseph

Dray Joseph

As a starter since his freshmen year, Joseph looks forward to his last homecoming as Southern University’s quarterback.

“I am looking forward to the atmosphere, I have notice the crowds have been more passionate this year than previous years,” said Joseph.

Fellow teammate Virgil Williams also prepares for his last homecoming in a Southern University Jaguar uniform.

“This homecoming will be an emotional one; it’s no next year’s homecoming to look forward to. This year is all or nothing,” said Williams.

Williams leads the SWAC in punt return average at 12.4 yards per attempt and has averaged 26.6 yards per kickoff return.

Wide receiver Lee Doss from New Orleans, L.A, had a different start at Southern. After transferring from Selma University, Doss started at Southern as a walk on but may leave as one of the most gratifying pass catchers in Jaguar history.

Lee Doss

Lee Doss

Doss had to patiently wait before it was his time to showcase his talent due to being behind former Jaguars’ wide receivers’ LaQuinton Evans and Charles Hawkins. But once the time came, Doss showed that it was worth the wait.
Although it this game will serve as a goodbye to Joseph Williams ; it will serve as former Defensive Coach Dawson Odum’s first homecoming as head coach.
Odums began his coaching career at Southern in 2011 and then became the interim head coach at the beginning of the 2012 season.

Odums has been praised for his tactics of emphasizing the importance of academics, community involvement, and the “no negativity” policy he implemented, which resulted in the interim title being removed, and Odums being handed the reins over the football program.

The Jaguars will face Alcorn State at A.W Mumford stadium at 5:30pm, Saturday, October 26. The Jaguar Nation is encouraged to wear royal blue for the Royal flush homecoming game.

By Briana Brownlee
Contributing Writer

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