MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – The South Alabama Jaguars have completed the first practice of the 2014 campaign. The Jaguars come off a 6-6 bowl eligible season last year. Now, the team is looking to win it all this go around.
Head Coach Joey Jones said the first five practices are at night so the team, and coaches, can evaluate the day and execute at night. He knows in order to win the Sun Belt this season – which is very possible coming in ranked third in the conference – it all starts now.
“We got a few guys that are probably not the type shape we need. But for the most part I thought they were pretty good shape. We got to improve there. We can’t have any week links on this team. These guys got to be in shape and ready to go. Got to take care that. I thought they worked hard. I thought they were mentally into it. Obviously have a lot of work to do,” said Jones after the first practice Wednesday night.
This year, some changes – notably, the replacement of Ross Metheny under center. That will be quarterback Brandon Bridge. Jones and other players two weeks ago at Sun Belt Media Day said his finesse was improving. When you see Bridge play, you know why he is the leader in charge on the field. He is tall, fast, and gets the job done under pressure. Bridge played closely under Metheny in 2013.
The Jags open the season in one month against Kent State in Kent, Ohio.