Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Pictures from the Nichols State game

Here is a slideshow from Josh Carroll's mom, Linda Carroll, with LC Photography. Thank you for taking these and sharing with us. Great job!

This weekend vs. UT Martin

More awards for Perrilloux
College Sporting News National All Stars

Perrilloux has played well since missing the first game. You can't say enough about the defense either. Let's hope they are all playing well as we enter conference play.

Can we get a loud crowd into Paul Snow Stadium this weekend? I'd really like to get some synergy in the crowd and give the team a boost. Let's create that "home field advantage". Anyone have suggestions?

The following information is from www.jsugamecocksports.com regarding logistics for this weekend's game:
Game Day Ticket Sales
Paul Snow Stadium Ticket Booths and Gates will open 1 1/2 hour before kickoff. Tickets are available at three ticket booths at Paul Snow Stadium. Ticket Booth B is located on the East endzone, while Ticket Booth B is located behind the current press box, and Ticket Booth D is located near the football field house on the press box side of the Stadium.

Stadium Shuttle Service
During Jacksonville State home football games, a game day shuttle service has been established to shuttle guests from the Houston Cole Library parking lot to two specific drop off points near Paul Snow Stadium. This service will begin 2 hours prior to the game and continue until one hour following the game.

Gamecock Shuttles will utilize the technology of the Transit Visualization System, which will allow fans to view the buses in motion and the routes in real-time on a detailed map displayed on the Internet or a Web-enabled cellular phone. To track your bus, visit the Gamecock Shuttle Web site at http://jsu.transloc.com.

Tailgating Information
The designated tailgating area is located in the lawn behind Curtiss Hall and in the lawn in front of Kennamer Hall. Tailgating is not allowed on campus until 8 a.m. on Saturday.

Gamecock Club Parking
The parking lot behind Kennamer Hall (off Cole Drive) is reserved for members of the Gamecock Club and a parking permit is required. This lot opens four hours before kickoff. If you have not received your parking permit, please call 256-782-8499.

J- Club Coxwell Social Room Parking
The parking lot in front of the Football Field House is reserved for members of the J-Club Coxwell Social Room and a parking permit is required. This lot opens four hours before kickoff. If you have not received your parking permit, please call 256-782-8017.

Stadium Prohibited Items
Umbrellas, video cameras, backpacks, recording devices, artificial noisemakers, food/beverage containers, bottles, weapons, stadium seats with arms and alcoholic beverages are not allowed inside Paul Snow Stadium.

JSU Student Gate Entrance
Jacksonville State students will be admitted free with a current valid JSU ID card at the Student Gate, which will be located at the south end of the Football Field House, near the dorm construction and Dillion Field.

Disabled Parking
Handicapped parking should be directed to the Jerry Cole Parking Lot, which opens at 8 a.m. on game days. When this lot is full, fans will be directed to park at Houston Cole Library. A shuttle bus is available from that location and will take fans to the Stadium. To use this area you will need a state (any state) tag, hang tag or other item that designates your vehicle for handicapped parking. Parking is free and shuttle services are available before, during and after the game.

Post Game Traffic
University Police will assist in traffic flow off the Jacksonville State University campus.

Monday, September 28, 2009

A Quick Look At UTM

This is a gigantic game this weekend. The one point loss to UTM kept JSU out of the playoffs last year. I'll never forget the UTM fumble on the last drive that JSU almost picked up and would have probably returned for a TD. It was a game where everything went wrong for JSU. They were playing on 4 days rest, were decimated with injuries at fullback and defensive end and had to make the long drive to Martin-the last two hours of which are on unpaved roads. Its payback time.

Martin is 2-2 on the season. They played their traditionally strong opener, beating Iowa Wesleyan A&M Tech Southeast 56-0.

Martin followed that with a 24-14 loss to Missouri State. Pre-Season OVC Player of the Year, Cade Thompson, put up some good numbers going 21-34 for 195 yards and UTM did have 322 yards of offense. Overall, however, it was a bad day for Martin. Coach Bart Simpson summed it up: "I thought the whole day was a total debacle. We didn't coach well. We didn't play good. It all starts with me."

Martin's next game was against FCS Memphis. The game was never in doubt with Martin falling behind 31-0. UTM was penalized 18 times for 157 yards. There were bright spots for Martin, however. Senior running back, Miguel Barnes rushed for over 100 yards for the second time this season.

Martin got back in the win column last week beating SEMO at home 29-22. The game may not have been as close as it sounded as SEMO added a touchdown with just 1:58 left in the game. Also, the Pacers were missing 5 starters with injuries. Interestng stat: Martin was penalized 14 times for 170 yards. Again, running back Miguel Barnes broke the 100 yard mark, rushing 22 times for 105 yards.

Martin has five bona fide playmakers: 1) South Carolina transfer and pre-season OVC Player of the year, Cade Thompson at quarterback; 2) Memphis transfer, Miguel Barnes at running back; 3) former Ole Miss starter, Michael Hicks 4) WR Eunique Williams who had 117 receiving yards against Memphis; and 5) preseason all OVC RB Brandyn Young (who has been injured). Something tells me this year's Gamecock defense is looking forward to the challenge.

Tidbits From The Nichols Game

*For the second week in a row, JSU completely dominated both sides of the ball. JSU's average gain per play was 7.1 yards and the Gamecocks had 484 yards of total offense. Of JSU's 12 offensive drives, 7 ended for touchdowns.

*Patrick Tatum averaged an incredible 47.2 yards per punt. Question: Can Tatum's leg withstand kicking off 6-8 times a game if JSU continues to score the way it has been.

*Sackmaster Kevin Dix had 2 sacks on the game. Dix, Rodney Garrott and Santez Mays are really bringing pressure off the edge this year. No doubt aided by the Gamecocks stout interior line led by Brandt Thomas and Torrey Davis.

*Sophomore Eric Russell was the Gamecocks leading tackler. He appears to be a star in the making.


This is conference games only:

Eastern KY. 3-0
UTM 1-1
JSU 1-0
Tn. St. 1-0
UTM 1-1
EIU 1-1
Tn. Tech 1-1
Peay 0-2
Murray 0-1
SEMO 0-3

Perrilloux Making His Case

While the national media seems to focus on the negative, Ryan Perrilloux is making his case for the Payton Award. He leads the FCS and FBS in passing efficiency. He has 11 touchdowns in 3 games played. If you project his FCS stats over the course of the season, he will finish the year with 45 touchdowns.

Perrilloux's performance has been outstanding. However, a lot of credit goes to a stout defense that continuously gets the offense back on the field. Also, JSU's receiving corps makes Ryan better and vice verca. This is a talented group. Wilkerson is having his best year ever. Allen Bonner appears to be a future superstar in the making. Greg Smith is a talent, but the Gamecocks have not had to rely on him as much as some thought they might. Finally, the running backs, particularly Jamal Young catch the ball well out of the backfield.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Q&A With Carnell Clark

One of the marquee players on this year's Jacksonville State football squad is Senior Safety Carnell Clark. Carnell has started an incredible 24 straight games for the Gamecocks and has earned numerous honors, including being named a 2008 AP Third Team All American. Clark, who goes by the nickname "Cleezy" is a preseason All American this year and a key cog in the Gamecock defense. Here is what he had to say about the season to date, JSU in general and his plans for the future:

Q: How did you wind up at JSU?

A: My senior year [JSU was] recruiting another player [on my team]. They saw me practicing and started talking to me. I had originally signed with Grambling State, but . . I wanted to be closer to home and [so] I came up here.

Q: What is it like playing for JSU's Defensive Back's Coach Toby Norwood?

A: Its great. Coach Norwood is a great coach. He has taught me a lot of new technique I didn't know. I think he has made me a better player.

Q: Most of the guys say you are the fastest player on the team?

A: I think I am. I have probably been the fastest since I came up here.

Q: Who is right behind you?

A: A.J. Davis, who plays corner.

Q: What did being named pre-season All American to you?

A: It meant a lot. I really didn't think I was going to make it this year because I didn't have that many tackles or the stats. Coach called me one day and told me I made it- I told him he was playing, but I looked it up and I made it so it really, really made me feel good.

Q: Have you developed a good rapport working with fellow senior Josh Cain?

A: As the season and the summer has gone on, we have gotten to know each other better and know how to call the defense together. Josh has really stepped up and made a lot of plays, so we are really playing good together right now.

Q: What about your back-up Keginald Harris?

A: He is going to be a great player. He's coming along. He's just a little young, but he has all the tools to be a great player, playing safety. He is big, fast and physical so I really think he is going to be good.

Q: JSU is the only school to open up with 2 top 25 opponents on the road. What was that like?

A: It gave us a lot of exposure to show people that we have a pretty good team. It was hard . . . to play two such good teams in the first two games. We had to keep our head in it and not lose faith that we were still a good team. Playing those two good teams gave us confidence.

Q: Do you think Ga. Tech and FSU underestimated our defense?

A: I believe both really did. We came out and showed that we could play too.

Q: Did you all get any satisfaction that FSU scored more on BYU and Miami than JSU?

A: It made us feel good, like we have a great defense. That's why we have the confidence that we have right now. But, we are still disappointed we didn't get the win. The way they put up the points against those other teams really made us feel like we have a special defense.

Q: Tell us about the play where FSU caught the ball on the one yard line at the end of the game?

A: That play at the end really made me mad because I kind of chipped the ball. I came off my hash to make a good break on the ball, but he still came up with it. It was a great play.

Q: Who do you think would win if FSU and Georgia Tech played on a nuetral field?

A: I'd give it to FSU.

Q: Alabama A&M had a big time wide receiver named Thomas Harris- how did you shut him down?

A: All week we knew he was one of the best players on the team. We keyed on him and just tried not to let him get off. I think our corners played real good to hold him down all night.

Q: Was it your gameplan to jump on A&M early?

A: We knew we had a great team. We felt like we outmatched them, but we still had to come out and play. So we really just wanted to start off quick and get our first win of the season. So, I think we really just came out and made a statement in the first quarter. I think we scored 14 points in the first two series.

Q: Do you guys talk about the lack of interceptions in your meetings?

A: It's something, but they are going to come in bunches. We have a lot of fumble recoveries right now. I think we are tops in the nation at fumble recoveries. But, I guess the interceptions are going to come later on in the year.

Q: Tell us about the challenges that Nichols brings to the table?

A: They run the same offense as Georgia Tech, so its going to be assignment football, its going to be difficult. Because if you make one mistake on defense its going to be a touchdown. Its going to be a good game for us to get better.

Q: The home opener is against UT Martin- are you excited about that matchup and playing against Michael Hicks, there talented wide receiver?

A: He is a great player, but we have to worry about that next week. It's going to be good to play against them though, we'll see how they look.

Q: Do you plan to play in the NFL?

A: Yes sir. I'm going to try and see what happens after this year.

Q: Who was your team growing up?

A: San Francisco, but it really doesn't matter who I play for.

Q: What do you need to improve on your game to play at the next level?

A: My hips. Mostly just my hips and learning the game. Probably gain a little weight.

Q: If you don't play in the NFL, what's your plan?

A: Probably would like to go into coaching or something [related] to football.

Q: What's your major?

A: Sociology.

Q: Are you on schedule to graduate?

A: Yes sir. I graduate in December.

Q: Where did the nickname "Cleezy" come from?

A: They started calling me that in high school because they called my brother that.

Thanks Carnell.

Cain Named to Good Works Team

Congratulations to Senior Safety Josh Cain who was named to the All State/American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. This award recognizes the countless hours Cain has spent off the field working to help others. For all of the details, go to www.jsugamecocksports.com. For more information about Cain, check our player archives as we did a Q&A with him earlier this year.

While Cain is a leader, there are numerous Gamecock players that devote their time to worthwhile off the field projects including building Habitat houses and helping underprivileged children. The Gamecocks are led in these endeavors by FCA Advisor Jamie Strange. In the weeks to come, Gamecockillustrated.com will spotlight the Gamecock's personal development program and all the good things Jamie is helping JSU's athletes accomplish.

Some General Observations After 3 Games

The emergence of new wide receivers. Last season, everything was all about Marcus Dupree. This year James Wilkerson has really had some big games, perhaps making teams pay for trying to double up on Greg Smith. But it doesn't end with Wilkerson, James Shaw has really stepped up his game as well. Freshman Alan Bonner has scored touchdowns in 2 of 3 games he has played. Finally, Gamecock insiders say LaRay Williams, who broke out against A&M is the real deal. One has to remember the Gamecocks have been this successful without John Houston Whiddon, who was hurt against Tech and Jeff Cameron who redshirted to concentrate on academics.

Alan Bonner - potential superstar. Alan has used his speed to score 3 touchdowns so far this season; one coming on a 57 yard reception, and another coming on a 61 yard punt return. Alan is just a freshman and a major contributor to this team.

Ryan Perrilloux. The biggest improvement we see in RP's game this year is he is not attempting to do too much. Also, he consistently spreads the ball out among the wide receivers making things tougher on opposing defenses.

Backup quarterback. Marques Ivory has looked really solid in relieving Perrilloux. JSU should be fine next year with Ivory and Robinson.

Running game. Crowe expressed mild disappointment with the running game thus far. However, Calvin Middleton and Jamal Young have both had some good outings. Lets not forget that co-#1 running back, Drec Lindley has been out with a broken hand the first few weeks of the season.

The entire defensive unit could be one of the best in the FCS. Talented and deep at many positions. One wondered how the DL coaching change would affect the defensive line. We can quit worrying. Having a deep defensive line is allowing Jamison Wadley time to properly heal an injured shoulder.

Santez Mays is continuously pressuring and hurrying the opponent’s QB. He is definitely stepping up to have a big senior year.

Alexander Henderson continues to be a tackling machine.

Brandt Thomas is having a great senior season. He deserves a look from some NFL teams.

Torrey Davis is showing why he was the #2 rated Defensive Tackle in the Country his senior year in high school.

Monte Lewis is showing glimpses of why Thomas said he could be the best to play the position at JSU.

Young Eric Russell is starting to show why Gamecock coaches have always raved about his athleticism. Crowe singled out his play on special teams after the A&M game.

It hasn’t hurt the Gamecocks yet, but the ability to make a FG will have to improve when we are in a tight game. 1 out of 3 in last weekend’s game. However,Patrick Tatum's deep kicks have certainly helped JSU's field position. He is booming some punts as well.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Post Game Quotes from Alabama A&M Game

A&M linebacker Afu Okosun on Perrilloux: "He's an all SEC-type quarterback, and he showed it tonight."

Crowe on why JSU threw deep so often: "They gave us just an all out blitz package. It looked like we were throwing the ball deep a lot. That was just about the dare the whole time. You would have rather kept the ball and worked the rythym but they were solely committed to just destroying rythym. It was ultimately just. . . feast or famine."

Ryan Perrilloux's overall assessment of the night: "I just came out to get the win. I just wanted to execute the gameplan. My focus here tonight was to play well. I know I didn't play in the first game, but . . . I'm excited about every game I'm going to play in from today on out. I'm glad I played well tonight. The team played well. We did extremely well on defense as usual. . . . We did not have an overall perfect day, but we just tried to keep a level mind and stayed focus the whole way thru the game. Our offensive line sat down and came up with a gameplan and they did a wonderful job. Our running backs ran the ball well. Allen Bonner had a big night tonight. Him and James Shaw, two of our young guys. So, we are just overall coming together as a team."

Wide Receiver Alan Bonner on his personal goals: "Lead all freshmen in special teams and offensive yardage."

A&M Coach Jones: "We didn't do what we were supposed to do. We gave them opportunities, and we didn't take advantage of the ones we had. We couldn't sustain anything and we couldn't finish. That's been our history against this team."

Jack Crowe on Texas Garrott: "Rodney is on the verge of being really, really special. He's an emerging player, and I have tremendous expectations for him. He's a big, fast, violent football player."

Jax State v. A and M - Post Game Review

It was a completely dominant performance by JSU in a game that was never in doubt. A & M's game plan was to blitz Perrilloux, thus daring JSU to throw the deep ball. The Gamecocks took the dare and Perrilloux hit bombs to freshman sensation, Alan Bonner, 57 yards, LaRay Williams (51 yards) and James Wilkerson (59 yards). The Gamecocks either scored touchdowns or attempted field goals on an incredible 9 of 13 offensive drives. Unfortunately, we only converted 2 of 4 field goal attempts. In contrast, A&M only scored on 3 of 13 opportunities. JSU forced 8 punts and stopped A&M on downs one time.

The Gamecocks dominated the statistics as well as the scoreboard. JSU had 23 first downs to 11 for the Bulldogs and had 494 total offensive yards to A&M's 257. The Gamecocks matched up much better against Georgia Tech and FSU than A & M did against FSU. A & M linebacker summed it up best when he told the Huntsville Times: "They came to play. I don't think we've seen a team that came and hit us in the mouth and played with the level of intensity they played with. Tennessee State and Hampton were good teams, but Jacksonville State was on another level . . ."


*Perrilloux- threw for 293yards with no picks;
*James Wilkerson, 175 all purpose yards;
*Allen Bonner, 161 all purpose yards;
*James Shaw, 4 catches for 71 yards;
*Alexander Henderson - 8 tackles;
*Brandt Thomas - 9 tackles w/ 2 tackles for a loss
*Torrey Davis - spent the whole night in A & M's backfield
*The Secondary - outstanding performance all night long

JSU was able to play a host of guys who had not played much previously. Highly touted freshman, Jahron Brown, a huge fullback looked particularly good carrying the ball 7 times for 42 yards. He also had a great block which sprung Jamal Young on a long run. Brown did fumble once and there was a moment of drama on the sidelines when Coach Crowe apparently let him know what he thought about it.

Other young Gamecocks seeing some or significant action for the first time included Rod Byrd, Brent Tolson, Matt Thompkins, Ben Puckett, Colt Kennedy, Matt Staub, Devon Hayes and Denzel Cheeks.


-When will JSU get wide receiver John Houston Whiddon and Defensive Lineman Jamison Wadley be back?

-Why haven't we seen more of Brandon George? George did not carry the ball against A&M and only has a handful of carries coming into the season.

-Will four straight weeks on the road affect JSU's performance in Perrilloux's homecoming game against Nichols State? Nichols was beaten soundly by Lousiana Tech on Saturday.

-How high will the Gamecocks climb in the rankings? This is a team on a mission.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Wadley Out

Huntsville Times is reporting that Jamison Wadley will miss tonight's game with a shoulder injury. They also report that A&M's offensive line had a guy declared ineligible and said that A&M's offensive line was "thin." Even without Wadley, this may create a mismatch for JSU's deep and talented defensive line.

Aside from Wadley, the Gamecocks appear healthy. We are really looking forward to the return of Drec Lindley in a couple of weeks. Lindley was emerging as a force in the preseason and has been a spirited leader on the sideline while recovering.

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A&M Pregame Festivities

Gamecock fans are gathering at The End Zone Sports Bar, 1909 University Drive in Huntsville at 3:30. See you there.

Friday, September 18, 2009

5 Keys to the A & M Game

1 – Attitude. First, avoid a letdown. After battling FSU for the full 60 minutes last week, one thing the Gamecocks have to guard against is an emotional letdown. Second, avoid being overconfident. Its clear that we have a good team and the players know it. But, JSU can't take anything for granted and still must play hard and execute regardless of the opposition. This team has endured a lot over the last few months, but has proven their character with diligent work and effort.

2 – Establish the running game. While a lot of it has to do with the quality of competition, JSU certainly wants to reestablish its usually dominant power running game. Our efforts have been hampered as we have missed Drec Lindley, who has been out with a broken hand. Getting Middleton off to a good start in the game could take some pressure off of our offense. The passing game will open up when A & M has to bring up their safety to stop the run.

3 – Win the turnover battle. Every week, this is a key. Turnovers change momentum. Stay on top of A & M and don’t give them any breaks.

4 – Stop the A&M Playmakers. Their wide receiver Thomas Harris is a playmaker. He may be capable of single handedly changing the complexion of this game. See blog article below. A&M also has a great running back in Ulyses Banks and a very good quarterback in Kevin Atkins. If JSU can figure out a way to nuetralize these three players, it will win the game.

5 – Eliminate A&M intangibles. For some reason, A&M was really mad about last year's game. It couldn't be the officiating- they lost by 27 points. Their fans were treated with hospitality- JSU opened up a tailgate area specifically for the visitors. Their band received a standing ovation from our fans. But, anyway, there is a revenge factor here. If JSU can take control early, it takes the game out of the officials hands and eliminates the A&M emotional factor.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Notes From the Notes

JSU's Sports Information Department does a great job with their weekly gamenotes. Here are some interesting excerpts from the notes for the A&M game:

*Jack Crowe is the third longest tenured coach and third winningest coach in JSU history.

*Three assistant coaches have been with Crowe at JSU for all ten years: Greg Stewart, Jimmy Ogle and Matt Wannebo.

*JSU has the youngest team in the OVC. 67% are underclassmen.

*JSU finished first in the NCAA in red zone scoring percentage last year.

*The current team voted on the following awards:

Most Competitive: Josh Cain
Toughest Teammate: Jamison Wadley
Team Comedian: Justin Howard
Best Storyteller: Ryan Perrilloux
Best Singer: TJ Heath

*Cain spent 14 days on a Mission Trip in Tanzania

*AJ Davis only played one year of high school football. It is scary how good this guy could end up being.

*Corey Freeman's grandfather had a movie made about his life starring John Travolta: "Love Song For Bobby Long"

*Marques Ivory's cousin is Priest Holmes and they trained together this summer.

*Rod Byrd's cousin is Gary Redus who played 13 years in the major leagues.

*Andrew Oliva is the nephew of professional bull rider Dax Lackey

Quote of the Year Nominee #2

Bobby Bowden following the FSU game:

"I told Jack after the game that they won it for 58 minutes, and they did. I feel very lucky to win that darn football game. Jack ought to be very proud of his team. They out fought us but we never quit and their kids also."

Watch Out for Thomas Harris

HBCU notebook (Sept. 16)

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Hopefully, this link will take you to a good write-up about A&M Wide Receiver Thomas Harris. He's an NFL prospect that is having a tremendous early season for the Bulldogs.

Interestingly, the Anniston Star features a great profile about Jawaan Booker, one of the Gamecock corners that will be matching up against Harris.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Key Injury for A and M

The Huntsville Times reports that A&M weakside linebacker, Raymond Segura, is lost for the season. Segura was A&M's co-defensive player of the week in their game against Tennessee State. A&M was already missing weakside linebacker, Marcus Thompson. Segura will be replaced by Henry Cosby, a 5-7, 184 pounder from Bessemer.

It will be interesting to see whether JSU can use its power running game led by 225 pound Calvin Middleton to exploit this situation. Middleton looked strong against Georgia Tech and FSU.

A Message from Coach Crowe

This was an interesting quote from Coach Crowe's OVC press conference yesterday:

We have very strong goals for ourselves. We are trying to step on to the national stage. OUr whole conference is. The fact that we didn't get to the playoff last year I thought not because it was but anytime that you don't take a team out of our league that's 8-3 compared to a fourth place team [Maine]. . . We were very, very affected by that moment. We are still affected by that moment. . . . Even though we are not playing for a conference championship, we are still trying to be a factor in the conference championship, but as long as they rank us in the Top 25 and, here's a message, we are doing everything we can to get every bit of attention in that vote. Everything we can. Because that's all we've got. That's where we are.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

6 Plays That Could Have Resulted in a Win

FSU missed some opportunities as well, but here are 6 plays that could have resulted in JSU pulling off one of the biggest upsets in JSU history.

1- FSU last drive- TJ Heath had both hands on the ball for what would have been a phenomenal pick. Heath had a huge hit on the last drive as well. Heath is a great kid. If you get a chance, read our interview with him from the Spring in the player profile archives. Do you realize that AJ Davis, Heath and Jawaan Booker will all be back next year?

2- Carnell Clark made a great play on the FSU reception that set up their go ahead touchdown. Unfortunately, the FSU receiver made an even better play.

3- JSU got the ball w/ 4:25 left. 2 first downs we might have been able to run the clock out. (Granted- this isn't a "play", but we are a blog, not professional writers like Joe Medley).

4-Freeney was close to a TD on a screen pass in the third. We ended up getting no points.

5- Perrilloux missed Greg Smith wide open on the first drive of the game. It was a blown coverage and would have been a TD.

6- 4th and 1 at the FSU 35 late in the game, FSU brought a jailhouse blitz (no jokes please). JSU TE was wide open for a TD, but RP couldn't throw the ball before being sacked.

Monday, September 14, 2009


-More on the Maroon Bulldogs later, but this is shaping up to be quite a matchup. There is some real animosity between these two teams. A&M looks good as they dismantled Tennessee State to open the season and followed it with a victory over Howard.


-Early indications are that JSU should be favored in this homecoming game for Ryan Perrilloux. Nichols lost to the Air Force 72-0 and narrowly edged Duquesne 14-7.


-EIU looks to have a very good team. They beat Indiana State 31-0 (admittedly the same Indiana State team that lost to Quincy) and defeated Illinois State 31-6. EIU is led by QB Jake Christenson who started two games for Iowa last season. This should be a great matchup at Paul Snow.


-While JSU was playing Georgia Tech and FSU, UT Martin laid it on the line against Iowa Wesleyan winning the game 56-0 (Coach Simpson likes to run it up). The Pacers followed that up with a disappointing 24-14 loss to Missouri State.


-SEMO may be a year away. They defeated Quincy 72-3, but then lost to Cincinnati by 67. Query #1- would Cincinatti beat Quincy by 136?


-Murray defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 66-10, but then lost to NC State 65-7. Query #2- would NC State beat Ky. Wesleyan by 114?


-The Colonels look tough. They had Indiana beat in the opening week of the season, but lost the game 19-13. What a great way to end the season at JSU.


Defeated Newberry in their first game 34-23 and then lost to Youngstown State 38-21.


Defeated Pikeville 51-10.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

If you missed the game, then you missed…

The Gamecocks playing with more heart than ever

A defense that FSU could not block

A 28 yard touchdown pass to Jamal Young

FB Alphonso Freeney running wild on a 37 yard reception

Several FSU fans saying “Your defense is a lot better than Miami’s”.

A Ryan Perrilloux performance reminiscent of his SEC championship game performance.

Santez Mays creating havoc on defense.

What was almost the biggest upset in the history of college football

The Cocks nearly intercepting a ball that would have iced the game

Middleton running hard in the first half

Big hits by Heath and Dix

The emergence of Justin Howard as a go to tight end

Wilkerson with another big game

James Shaw continuing to get looks

JSU fans everywhere extremely proud of their football team!

Friday, September 11, 2009

You Can Go Home Again

If JSU can improve to 2-0 against Florida State, it will need solid linebacker play from #43 Morrell Jones. It will be a homecoming of sorts for Morrell Jones who spent the 2006 season as a redshirt at Florida State before transferring to Itawamba Community College. Other interesting facts about Morrell include, but are not limited to, the fact that he was named the Best Player in South Georgia during his senior year of high school and he is a certified bone crusher.

5 keys to JSU Improving their Record to 2 and 0 against FSU

Kickoff and Punt Coverage – FSU showed speed and talent in this area against Miami Monday night. Tech burned JSU on two punt returns. Avoiding a big return by FSU is really important.

First down yardage – JSU must gain positive yardage on first down to stay out of 3rd and long situations.

Perrilloux can't do it all. RP is one of the best players ever to come thru JSU. If there is a knock on him, however, is that he can try too hard to make a play. RP needs to display some of the patience Ivory demonstrated against Tech and take what the defense gives.

Avoid giving up big plays – We gave up a couple to Tech. Big plays are a momentum changer.

Turnovers – Win the turnover battle.

If all else fails, we can hope that FSU will have to vacate the win at a later date.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

8 Things to Watch in the FSU/JSU Matchup

1- FSU has gifted receivers and a very good qb. We think JSU has an equally gifted secondary, but this matchup is huge.

2- #5 Greg Reid for FSU is a little dynamo. JSU would be well served to keep him from getting the ball.

3- Sophomore Calvin Middleton, number 3, had a really good game against Tech. Can he keep it going?

4- Torrey Davis has to be psyched returning to the State of Florida. How will he do?

5- JSU tends to get down early when playing against BCS teams. Can they avoid that trend?

6- Will Bonner, Wilkerson, Whiddon, Shaw and G. Smith all contribute like they did against Tech? FSU's secondary did show some vulnerability.

7- The Tech game was a huge confidence boost for Ivory. Can the coaches figure out a way to get him and Brooks Robinson involved?

8- Will Ryan Perrilloux tell Joe Medley to kiss his . . . game ball if JSU pulls off the upset?

Quote of the Year - Nominee # 1

Ryan Perrilloux on whether he is glad he came to Jacksonville State:

"Jacksonville State has been nothing but good to me. It has helped me grow into the young man that I think I want to become and I think I want to be in my life. . . . Football wise it is no different. Sometimes the biggest battles are fought in the smallest arenas I heard a wise man say once [quoting Coach Crowe who was quoting Coach Bryant] so football is football to me. I love the game and am very passionate about it. It doesn't matter if I was playing at LSU or if I am playing here. Its just football. I am going to play hard."

A few more Links

From the Orlando Sentinel: Jack Crowe on FSU

Game Preview from the Miami Herald

Another short article from the Orlando Sentinel. A couple of interesting points.

ACC Site predicts score of the game. I hope they are wrong. JSU is getting a lot of pub for the first two games on the schedule.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Today's Links

An article about the early part of JSU's tough schedule.

Orlando Sentinel: JSU is no pushover.

OVC Football Preview, Week 2

Volleyball team continues success against SEC opponents.

Coach Crowe's OVC Presser

WWW.JSUGamecocksports.com has outstanding video of JSU's regular press conference yesterday, including interviews with Coach Crowe, Ryan Perrilloux and Torrey Davis. However, Coach Crowe also spoke to the OVC media yesterday. Here are the highlights from that conference:

On the Tech game

We got off to a bad start. We got in a hole pretty early. But then I think we did things to be competitive even though the score never represented it. I thought we played more competitive than the score as the game went on.

On where JSU is:

I like our football team. I think right now we have a long way to go in the kicking game. Right now we are a team that is filled with sophomores, really a sprinkling of freshmen and some pretty dynamic older players that are leading the way. I expect us to get better from our experiences. There was enough to take out of that game going forward to indicate that we can be the football team we want to be.

Was he rooting for Florida State

I don't know if it makes any difference. If you look at Coach Bowden's history- he's from Birmingham, I'm from Birmingham- that's one reason we got this game because we did have a relationship. . . The history represents that if they lose an early game close they still may win the national championship. Its happened. There is a lot of 11-1 and 12-1 seasons that started out just like this one. I think they are going to be pretty much the same football team no matter how that game worked out.

On whether the money games will pay for the new stadium:

We ought to be making a whole lot more money. These are not just Division 1 games, these are real football teams. Georgia Tech is the best offensive team in the ACC last year and this version is better than last year . . . We didn't make enough money in these two games, but I do think going forward that we said that we would play this caliber of players for the caliber of money that you are supposed to get for playing them. I do think it gives you some perspective. If you want to find out how good you are, you may as well put it out there against some people that you know are pretty good. . . .

Nobody in the country has played two top twenty teams. . . . [ESPN scrolls the top 25] and there is only one name that has come up two weeks in a row and its Jacksonville State besides the people that are in the Top 25.

On Ivory:

Ques had a good game. He threw for over 60% completions. He managed the game very well. If you want to point to some things and I think that they go to management: you had two guys carry the ball for us that averaged better than 5 yards per carry; they had 21 first downs we had 20; if you call a sustained drive 7 or more plays, they had 1 we had 3; he went the length of the field and put us in the end zone at the end of the game running the no huddle; the two people that scored at the end of the game were both freshmen. He managed all that.

On getting Perrilloux back

There is not but one Ryan Perrilloux. You don't trot somebody out there and expect the same things to happen. Ryan can play on the field with Florida State and Georgia Tech and make plays that maybe even other people they play all year can't make. So we will see how it goes. Its great to have him back. He has certainly paid a heavy price for not really a reflection of where he is at and what he means to us and what his accountability [has been].

On the Challenge of Playing Tech and FSU back to back

There are some disadvantages and they are different. It was ultimate power football against Georgia Tech . . . and now you are playing the other side. You go from pure power to pure speed. Maybe the most powerful offense one week in the country. Maybe the fastest the next week. I don't know what you say other than that's what's on the schedule.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

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Monday, September 7, 2009

JSU Soccer: Another JSU Team on the Rise

A big thank you to JSU Soccer Dad for contributing on JSU Soccer this week.

The 2009 JSU Women's Soccer team is off to it's best start since 2004 with their current record being 3-2. After starting with a loss at Mercer, the Gamecock Soccer squad has dominated the pitch. The other loss at home to Alabama was a physical contest that was offensively controlled by JSU who scored first before the Crimson Tide came back to win by a score of 2-1. Their first 2 victories came in two shutouts against North Georgia and 2008 NCAA Soccer tournament competitor Mississippi Valley State.

Gamecock Soccer is currently in 2nd place in the OVC standings and two of their players were honored in the first two weeks of the season. Sophomore Christine Cunningham was named OVC Goalkeeper of the Week after the first weekend and after that senior Amber DeLaney was named OVC Soccer Offensive Player of the Week.

This past weekend, JSU Soccer traveled to Baton Rouge and defeated Southern University 4-0. They returned late Sunday after having their match against Southeastern University cancelled because of thunderstorms.

This Wednesday, they have a home game against Alabama A&M and this coming Sunday, Nicholls State makes a visit to Jacksonville to challenge Gamecock Soccer on their home turf.

The following weekend, the soccer team travels to Cullohwee, North Carolina to compete in the Catamount Classic where they come up against the host Western Carolina on Friday before facing Elon that Sunday. Three days after that they travel to Montgomery to play Alabama State.

Then the meat of the schedule begins the weekend of September 25 with competition against rival OVC schools. The first two up are Murray State on Friday night then UT-Martin on Sunday afternoon. The next weekend, JSU Soccer travels to the Bluegrass State to face off against 2008 OVC Champs and 2008 NCAA Tournament Competitor Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky. There's a return trip home for one game against Austin Peay then it's back on the road to match-up against SEMO and Eastern Illinois. The final game of the regular season is at home against Tennessee Tech.

JSU Soccer finished one game shy last year of qualifying for the OVC tournament and were picked to finish in 7th place during the preseason. The 2009 edition of Gamecock Soccer, which includes 10 returnees and 13 newcomers, has already made a statement three weeks into the season that they are shooting for the conference tournament and beyond.

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Random Notes and Observations from the Game

Great photos of the game at JSUgamecocksport.com

The Southerners remain undefeated at half-time. Their patriotic performance was fantastic and earned a standing ovation from the Tech crowd.

James Wilkerson had a great game. Great catches, solid returns. A very physical receiver.

Andrew Ridgeway is a guy that doesn't get a lot of pub but he gets the job done- led the team in tackles

Allen Bonner is for real. The freshman had two catches and one td in his first game.

Depth at TE appears to be a real issue. Dont recall seeing anyone except Cory Freeman.

James Shaw appears to be a guy JSU thinks can make plays, althhough he didn't bust anything against Tech.

Tatum had a couple snafus on punts, but he has a powerful leg which dramatically helped from last year on kickoffs. Reportedly, we will work more on punting under pressure. Tatum will do a good job in the long run.

Offensive Line played well as a unit. Ivory had pressure on him some, but the line did well protecting.

Marques Ivory played well. In his first start at the university, and in a hostile enviroment, Ivory showed that he belongs. Good completion pecentage. Great to get him some experience.

Found a way to use Brooks Robinson (great play for a touchdown). Brooks is an athlete that can help the team in many ways.

Impressive showing by Calvin Middleton. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry.

No huddle offense looked good and scored a TD on last possession. Great leadership from Reggie Wade and Ivory.

Jahron Brown is a physically intimidating fullback. A power set with him Ivory, Freeney and Middleton all in the backfield would be fun to watch.

It was great to see the players join together for prayer after the game. The ACLU hates it, but they can't stop the players from exercising their right of free speech to give glory to God.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

JSU - Georgia Tech Post Game Comments and Quotes

Offensive Coordinator Ronnie Letson

What was the gameplan:

"We had a couple of things we didn't know totally about them. We were prepared for a couple of different defenses and we knew their defensive line was really good so we knew we were going to have to keep them from making plays. They still did make [some] plays on us. [But],they are really talented. They are the #15 team in the nation.

Offensively we were trying to take the approach that we were going to have to take some shots at them and hopefully avoid negative plays. We had some negative plays that I wish we could have done away with. Then, their band or someone was blowing whistles and our quarterback stopped and they did it again later in the game. That's just not right. But, other than that I thought they were a great football team, we are a step further as a team than we were last year.

We could have scored a couple of more touchdowns I thought. We threw the interception down on the one. We have to get better coming out of the break and being on time with that. It should not have been a turnover, we should not have had that."

How did Ivory do, making his first start in place of suspended Perrilloux?

"Marquez did great, but he could have played better, which everybody could have played better. We get Ryan back next week and he is a [premier player] on our football team, but Quez will stil have a role. He was close to 60% today which I was proud of, his last throw at Georgia Tech was a touchdown. I thought he played well, moved the ball with the team, showed great leadership so I know the future is positive for us at quarterback."

What about the throwback pass to Robinson that went for a touchdown?

"I had actually started to call another play and I changed my mind and called it. Luckily it worked. We worked it a bunch. Heck, it never looked very good in practice."

Assess the offensive line (no sacks):

"I thought they played well. We had a couple of question marks there. #91 [Derrick Morgan] is one of the best lineman we will ever play against. Maybe, Florida State might have some that are equal to him, but 91 is the best one we have played against this year and even last year. Overall, I thought our o-line played well. I'm really excited about them."

How about the running backs:

"I thought Calvin played well. We had three tailbacks and one fullback that played exceptionally well. They all bring a different type of punch. You have Calvin who is a bigger guy who can play tailback and fullback. Then you have Alphonso Freeney who played well at fullback, then you have Brandon George and Jamal Young who have two different types of punches. Its good for us."

James Wilkerson (5 rec)

On getting the season started:

"I felt good coming out in the first game. It feels good to be back out on the field again. I had a couple of good catches and the team pulled thru."

What did Tech do to take you out of your gameplan?

"We went over [their coverages] all week and it was the same. Nothing really took me out of the game. But as a team, we can get down after big plays happen for them, but not us."

On his kick returning duties (Wilkerson had several solid returns)

"Me and Jamal trade off, but he got hurt a little bit so they put me in back there to return a couple kicks."

Defensive tackle, Brandt Thomas:

On the gameplan:

"It went alright. They got us on that very firt play. We decided to do something a little too risky, but overall you take away a couple of big plays and we're in the game. So, overall I think it was a good day for us."

How many snaps did you play

"If I had to guess, 65 or 60 or something like that."

Was Dwyer as good as advertised?

"I was very impressed with Josh Nesbitt."

How did Florida transfer Torrey Davis do today?

"I think Torrey played really well today. He got nicked up there at the end, but he's everything that was expected."

How about FSU or you looking forward to that?

"Definitely. Its already on my mind. This game's over so we move on to the next one."

Wide Receiver, Greg Smith

On his return to Ga. Tech?

"It was exciting. It was homecoming coming back, but it was tragic that we lost."

Did your former teammates say anything to you after tackles?

"No, they didn't say anything to me. There wasn't too much trash talking out there."

Did they do anything in particular to take you out of your gameplan?

"No, they just played a better game than us today."

Kicking expert Rex Keeling

On Patrick Tatum's performance (kicking, punting, field goals):

"He did real well with the kickoffs. Placekicking and field goals were fine. We just have a lot of work to do with the punting. I think we tried to rush ourselves and its all about timing. He's a good athlete."

How hard is it to do 3 aspects of the game:

"Its really not that bad because I did it myself so I can understand what they are going thru. He's very talented and it doesn't really make that much of a difference."

On a couple of punts that went out of bounds too early:

"Sometimes you get too precise. You try to let your body do more than it can do. We are always working on what we call pushing the ball out and he pushed the ball out a couple of times so we'll work on that."

What happened on the punt return for a touchdown?

"When you do punts you are supposed to cover certain areas. We just got down there and got excited. We just weren't in the right place. Maybe we didn't kick the ball high enough to get them down there. We will look at the film and get better."

Who would have come in if Tatum would have gotten hurt?

"We've really got two. We have Rogers that plays linebacker and Chamazhad who is like Patrick. He can do all three [aspects of the kicking game] too."

How do you feel overall about the team's performance?

"I think we showed that we can play with these guys. Anytime you take a step up guys are going to be bigger and faster. It takes you a while to realize they have two arms and two legs, too. We have a lot of good guys. They work hard and they are dedicated. There is not a lot of slack in anything."

Did former Gamecock Gavin Hallford get any NFL looks?

"He had a tryout with Cincinatti and he really had a good workout. If something happens at Cincinatti, you might . . . see him in a Bengal uniform."

Friday, September 4, 2009

Quotes of the Week

Ga. Tech Center, Sean Bedford on Gamecock DT, Torrey Davis (AJC):

"A real powerful guy. He's one of theose guys who has other-worldly potential. You come to college to play guys like that. . . Its kind of surreal. You see a guy playing in a national championship game one year, and the next year he's lining up across from you."

Bedford on the Gamecock DL:

"These boys look good. I'm not going to take anything away from them. They look stout. They know how to sit in."

Bedford on the Gamecocks:

"This is their Super Bowl and they want to make a statement to the rest of the Ohio Valley Conference."

Tech Defensive End Robert Hall on facing Marques Ivory:

"Still going to stick with same plan. Nothing's changed. We're treating him like any other quarterback. We're doing our same [thing]. We know he's new but we're sticking with our plan. . . . If you are facing an inexperienced opponent, you do not want to allow them to get comfortable and get things rolling. Kill his will early."

Hall on Ivory's high school success:

"My take on that is that high school doesn't mean much when you are in college. I did well in high school but I learned not to take what you did in high school too seriously up here."

Gamecock WR Greg Smith on returning to Tech (courtesy of the Anniston Star):

"It's like a homecoming . . Its always fun to go back home where you're from. I've got some teammates and coaches I can't wait to see. It's going to be exciting."

On the Tech offense and the role of wide receivers at Tech:

"Their offense is just difficult. It's made to win games and it captializes off people's mistakes. That's the name of their game. As a receiver . . . it's more run based - nothing but blocking."

On coming to JSU:

"This was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. For me to come over here and be able to work on my Masters and further my educiation and still play football, its an opportunity I couldn't pass up."

Coach Letson on Smith:

"You want him to play with some emotion, of course, but you don't want them to take over where he doesn't play well. . . I hope he has a record setting day for him. That would be awesome for us, too, if he could."

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Game Week, Part II - JSU Keys to the Game

JSU Keys to the Game

1- Wrap up Jonathan Dwyer and the other Tech backs. – Dwyer is one of the best running backs in the nation. You must wrap him up when you have the chance. Limit his big plays. (See Ga Tech – UGA game from last year) . Fatigue should not be a factor as JSU goes two deep at almost every defensive position.

2- Know defensive assignments – Tech’s triple option offense can create wide open spaces. It is important for the defense to stay in their assignments. Make the 3rd down play and “Get off the field!” as Coach Stewart preaches.

3- QB play for JSU – With the suspension of Perrilloux, JSU needs Marques Ivory to step in with very little game experience. The Northside-Warner Robins product will have to be ready for pressure situations. Crowe said words to the effect that Ivory was absolutely ready for the challenge and that he was as good of a manager in the game as he has seen.

4- Success in running the ball – Middleton, George, and company will have to get positive yards to keep the pressure off of Ivory. JSU should have more success this year since Tech does not have 3 NFL bound defensive linemen. While the Cocks will miss Daniel Jackson, there is unquestionably more speed. George and Young are track guys. Middleton and Jahron Brown are fullbacks that run like halfbacks. Also, Tech is missing a starting linebacker.

5- Play with passion – this is a big stage for the opening game. This team has pride in what they can do. Play with passion for the full 60 minutes. A prediction- you will see a very fired up Gamecock team. This group of young men has learned the hard way that life is not fair (i.e., the NCAA penalizing JSU for having tougher than required disciplinary policies and missing the playoffs last year, despite losing two games by a total of four points) . This team must be, and is, ready to play football.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Today's Links

There are a few good links today related to Jacksonville State.

The Anniston Star on a tumultuous offseason.

From the AJC - What Tech fans should know about JSU.

Here is a good article on Greg Smith, who transferred from Tech to JSU.

Game Week

It's Game Week...let's get ready. Let's take a quick look by position to see how the teams compare with each other.

Quarterback...Advantage - GA Tech
Very little game experience for the JSU quarterback

Running Back...Advantage - GA Tech
Jonathan Dwyer would have an advantage over most teams

Wide Receiver...Advantage - JSU
Greg Smith was Tech's best receiver, now at JSU

Tight End...Advantage - JSU
No tight ends on Tech's roster

Offensive Line...Advantage - GA Tech
Dwyer makes O-line better than they are

Defensive Line...Advantage - JSU
Tech lost some experience, JSU's line is deep and talented

Linebackers...Advantage - JSU
Henderson and newcomers Dix and Garrott get the edge

Defensive Backs...Advantage - GA Tech
Tech gets slight edge with returning starters

Special Teams...Advantage - GA Tech
Very close here. Went with Tech because JSU has Tatum doing everything

Intangibles...Advantage - GA Tech
Tech has home field