Alex Page Named To 2013 CLASS Watch List; Jags Focused In Wednesday Practice
The South Alabama Jaguar football team had another intense, focused practice on Wednesday as they prepare to hit the road for New Orleans to face the Tulane Green Wave.
The two hour practice included individual drills, situational drills, special teams and offense versus defense work. “It was a pretty good physical practice,” head coach Joey Jones told AL.com. “Going into this week, we’re not going leave anything on the practice field. We’re going to work our tails off and get ready for this ball game and we’re going to bring it to the game on Saturday. That’s our goal.”
Tulane’s defense is the most improved squad since last season. They are big on the inside, they have fast players in the secondary and they swarm the ball quickly.
Offensively, Tulane is a pretty balanced team. Coach Jones noted that they do well running the football inside. Orleans Darkwa was noted as being one of the better running backs. Quarterback Nick Montana, son of NFL great Joe Montana, was at one time at Notre Dame prior to transferring and eventually landing at Tulane this season. Jones noted that he can place the ball to receivers well and can attack the whole field.
While the Jags did not end up on the winning side of the scoreboard against Southern Utah, they did come out of the game healthy. Offensive lineman Melvin Meggs tore his ACL over the summer in summer workouts and Will Thompson had surgery on his leg during preseason camp, but other than those already known injuries, the Jags are quite healthy. Wes Saxton was held out of practice on Tuesday but returned on Wednesday in a non-contact jersey. Coach Jones expects him to be ready to go on Saturday.
Also on Wednesday defensive end Alex Page was named as one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in college football.
In order to be eligible, a student-athlete must be classifed as an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed down to 10 finalists midway through the season. The final ballot will be conducted among media, coaches and fans on a nationwide basis. The winner will be announced in January during the bowl season.
Page is a 6’1″, 235 pound native of Pratville, Alabama. He received his undergraduate degree in history back in May. He earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-District recognition last year and is working on his master’s degree. He was named to the 2012-2013 Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List for his work in the classroom.
Alex was a second-team all-league selection in 2012 after recording 64 tackles with 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks. He was ranked in the top 10 in the Sun Belt in TFL’s and Sacks. The collected a career-best 10 tackles in two game, including the Jags first FBS win over FAU.
He was also voted to the preseason first-team All-Sun Belt Conference by conference coaches and media. He was also included in first-team all-conference lists by Phil Steele, Lindy’s and Athlon Sports.
Go Jags! Beat Tulane!