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Jags hosts Arkansas St. in final home game

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(Mobile, al)--The South Alabama Jaguars hosts their final home football game of the season Saturday Novemeber 11th at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.


South Alabama Jaguars (3-6, 2-3 Sun Belt)

vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves (5-2, 4-0 Sun Belt)

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 • 4 pm CST

Ladd-Peebles Stadium (33,471 capacity/FieldTurf)

Mobile, Ala.

Media Information

Television

ESPN3

Matt Stewart (pxp)

Forrest Conoly (analysis)

Radio

USA Football Radio Network

(flagship 96.1 FM/99.5 FM The Jag in Mobile)

J.D. Byars (pxp)

Pat Greenwood (analysis)

Tommy Hicks (sidelines)

On the web

• Live Twitter updates available at:

@USAJaguarSports

• Live stats available at:

http://statb.us/b/186988

• Live audio available at:

http://www.iheart.com/live/995-the-jag-mobile-7117/

Game/Promotions Information

• Special: Senior Day ... Hall of Fame Game ... Military Appreciaton (all active military plus one guest receive complimentary tickets with active or retired ID) ... Jaguar Marching Band Food Drive (collection from 2-4 pm at all gates on behalf of Feeding the Gulf Coast, those who donate will receive a voucher for two tickets to an upcoming South Alabama basketball game) ... Scout Day (Scout Troop 292 will present the U.S. flag on field) ... First 5,000 fans through the gates will receive a miniature American flag

• Clear Bag/Water Policy: Click http://jaguarathleticfund.com/clear for all information

• Tickets: $25 sideline, $20 end zone ticket price; available online at www.usajaguars.com or by phone by calling (251) 461-1USA (1872)

• Shuttles: The Wave shuttle service starts from Shoppes at Bel Air (pick up from JCPenney/Target parking area) 4 hours prior to kick; $2.50 round trip; continuous service until 90 minutes after game

• Parking: Opens at 8 am

• iHeartRadio #JagsTailgate Concert Series: Begins at 2 pm; live musical performance by Danielle Bradbery, a member of the BMLG Label Group and winner of NBC's "The Voice" in 2013; free food and beverage samples from 15 local vendors; join JT Crabtree during the pre-game radio show at the Tuff Shed Tailgate Party

The Coaches

South Alabama

Joey Jones (Alabama '89)

Record at USA — 51-48 (9th season)

Career record — 54-55 (10th season)

Career Sun Belt record — 17-27

Record vs. ASU — 0-5

Arkansas State

Blake Anderson (Sam Houston State '92)

Record at ASU — 29-17 (4th season)

Career Record — same

Record vs. USA — 3-0

The Rankings

South Alabama

Associated Press — n/a

Coaches — n/a

Sagarin — 126th

Arkansas State

Associated Press — n/a

Coaches — n/a

Sagarin — 75th

Series History

Overall: ASU leads 5-0

In Mobile: ASU leads 2-0

In Jonesboro: ASU leads 3-0

Neutral: n/a

Series Streak: ASU — 5

First Meeting: ASU, 36-29, on Oct. 13, 2012, in Jonesboro

Last Meeting: ASU, 17-7, on Oct. 15, 2016, in Jonesboro

Opening Kick

• The Jaguars play their final home game of the 2017 season when Arkansas State visits Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday.

• Prior to the contest South will recognize 20 members of the senior class in a pregame ceremony on the field.

• This matches the earliest date the Jags will celebrate Senior Day, having played their final home game during the 2010 season — a 31-14 defeat of Arkansas-Monticello — on Nov. 11 as well.

• USA is 4-4 all-time on Senior Day, with last fall's 35-28 victory over New Mexico State its first in the home finale since closing out the 2013 campaign with a win over Louisiana.

• The Red Wolves have won all five prior matchups in the series, including a pair in Mobile.

• ASU's five wins are two more than any other opponent has recorded against the Jaguars.

• Jag assistant coach Tyler Siskey was a graduate assistant on the Arkansas State staff during the 2002 and '03 seasons, and he returned to coach the Red Wolves' wide receivers corps from 2008-11.

• First-year USA assistant Colin Hitschler also served as a graduate assistant at ASU in 2013 prior to joining the Jag staff in the same role.

• As part of South Alabama's annual Hall of Fame weekend, former student-athletes David Doss (baseball 2006-09), Ajoke Odumosu (women's track & field/cross country 2004, '06-07) and Viktoria Stoklasova (women's tennis 2001-03) will be recognized on the field at halftime of this game.

Notes From The Last Arkansas State Meeting

• It was the lowest-scoring matchup in the series after the two teams combined to post 24 points.

• The Jags had 255 yards of total offense — their fewest of the year — only avoiding the shutout when Xavier Johnson scored with just over four minutes left in the contest.

• USA limited the Red Wolves to only 93 yards passing, the lowest figure recorded by a Sun Belt Conference opponent in 2016.

• South LB Darrell Songy led all players with 14 stops, his first career outing with a double-digit tackle total, while Randy Allen set a school game record after being credited with 4½ tackles behind the line.

• The Jaguars' Gerald Everett finished with game high figures of five catches for 125 yards, marking the first time in program history an individual had 100-plus receiving yards in back-to-back outings.

Ten Again

Jeremy Reaves led all players in the ULL contest with 10 stops, finishing with a double-digit total for the second straight contest while recording his seventh career game with 10 or more tackles. With the performance the senior safety moved into second on USA's all-time list in the category with 269 in three-plus years. He also collected his seventh pass break up of the season, climbing into the top five on the school season record list as well.

Hang Time

Corliss Waitman averaged a season-best 50.3 yards, becoming the first individual other than Brandon McKee in program history to post a mark above 50 yards per kick in a game with at least four punts. Four of the junior's six kicks covered 50-plus yards as his final average was the second-highest in school history (minimum four punts) in a game and the best mark posted by a Jag against a Sun Belt opponent.

Big Day For Way

WR Jamarius Way led all players last time out with 110 yards on five receptions, becoming the Jaguar to have 100 or more yards receiving in back-to-back games — he finished with 118 the previous outing at Georgia State — since Josh Magee accomplished the feat in the last two outings of the 2016 season. That included an 81-yard catch on the Jags' first snap of the final quarter, the team's longest play from scrimmage since the 2015 season opener against Gardner-Webb and the longest completion in school history, as the effort moved the junior into the top 10 on USA's season record list as he stands seventh with 584 receiving yards in his first year with the program.

Stanley Scores Twice

Fellow junior-college transfer Malik Stanley scored both of South's touchdowns against the Ragin' Cajuns with catches of 12 and 18 yards in the final minute of the second and fourth quarters. He matched Way for game-high honors with five catches while becoming the first Jag to post multiple touchdown receptions in a game since Maaseiah Francis had a pair at Idaho on Nov. 26 a season ago.

Cover Corner

Not only did junior Darian Mills collect a career-best six tackles against the Ragin's Cajuns, he was credited with a career-high-tying two passes broken up — he also had two in the Jaguars' SBC opener against Idaho on Sept. 23. The cornerback has posted at least one pass defensed in each of the last seven games, and with nine this fall Mills not only ranks second on the program's season record list but has moved into the top 10 all-time in the category as well.

Mint Condition

It was announced prior to kickoff of the ULL game that Johnson has been suspended for the rest of the season; Tra Minter made his second career start in place of the senior running back, leading the Jaguars with 50 yards on 13 carries. Minter added a career-high four receptions for 21 yards, and with 52 yards running back kicks he recorded a career-best 123 all-purpose yards.

Strong In The Sun Belt

The Jaguars limited the Ragin' Cajuns to just 109 yards and five first downs while holding ULL scoreless in the second half to allow South a chance to draw within one score in the final minute. It was the fourth straight outing that USA has given up a touchdown or less after the intermission, helping the Jag defense stand second in the Sun Belt against the pass (205.20 yards per game) and in takeaways (nine), rank third in scoring (20 ppg) and lead in red zone defense (62.5%) in league-only contests.

Driving For Distance

Both USA scoring drives last time out covered 80-plus yards, with the first coming after the Jags had recorded only 48 total yards on their first five possessions. It was the first time since defeating Presbyterian on Nov. 19 last fall that the Jaguars have put together two touchdowns drives of 80 or more yards in the same contest, and the first occasion they have accomplished the feat against a conference opponent since doing so at ULM two weeks prior to the win over the Blue Hose. Coming into the ULL game South had four scoring marches of 80-plus yards in their first eight outings.

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