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Young players look to fill void vs. Alcorn Morris Dillard III The Southern Digest
Jaguars linebacker Larry Johnson practiced with the first team defense Tuesday, an indication he’ll see playing time this weekend. He hasn’t logged much time with the unit, instead making his presence known on special teams. “I am excited about Johnson getting the opportunity to play linebacker,” second-year head coach Stump Mitchell said during Tuesday’s weekly press luncheon. “It’s not scout team anymore. Now you have a chance to show that you deserve to play.” Johnson replaces starting linebacker Jamie Payton, who will begin serving a two game suspension Saturday for his involvement in a brawl that followed the Jaguars’ loss at Arkansas-Pine Bluff Oct 15. The Southwestern Athletic Conference announced Tuesday to stagger the suspensions of the 40 Southern and ArkansasPine Bluff players suspended for their roles in the postgame fight
between the teams. The suspensions will come over the teams’ next three games. For the Jaguars, it means wide receiver LaQuinton Evans – along with defensive lineman Kenneth Hill Jr., safety Levi Jackson, running back Kaelan Mayfield, defensive back Jaleel Richardson, safety Marlon Smith, wide receiver William Waddell and linebacker Franchot West – will be available for Saturday’s homecoming game against Alcorn State. The conference also reinstated linebacker Corry Roy, who the SWAC confirmed did not participate in the altercation. The SWAC determined who would sit out the next three games for each team using an alphabetical listing of the players affected as a random determining factor. Payton, cornerback LaMarkius Pettaway and kick returner/ running back Byron Williams remain suspended for the Alcorn State game and the Nov. 5 Texas Southern game. Running back Terrell Alex, wide receiver Lee Doss and linebackers Anthony Balancier
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Southern defensive lineman Jeffrey Watkins pursues Prairie View’s La’Darryae Groover during the Jaguars’ Oct. 8 game against the Panthers. The Jaguars will lean on younger players like Watkins as they return to action to face Alcorn State Saturday for homecoming.
and Daniel Brown will not play Saturday against the Braves. Evans, Hill, Jackson and Mayfield will not play the Texas Southern game. Payton, Pettaway and
Williams will be available to return to action for the Nov. 12 game against Alabama State. However, Richardson, Smith, Waddell and West will sit out that game.
Mitchell said Johnson has done a great job playing special teams and adds speed to a unit ranked last in rushing defense. See Young Players page 8