South Alabama Athletic ticket office announced on Wednesday that road game tickets will go on sale to the general public on Thursday morning.
2013 South Alabama Football Road Ticket Prices
- Tulane (Sept.7) – $35
- Tennessee (Sept. 28) – $45
- Troy (Oct. 5) – $24
- Texas State (Oct. 26) – $20
- Navy (Nov. 16) – $38
- Georgia State (Nov. 30) – $15
Call the USA Ticket office at 251.461.1USA to order your away tickets today. Orders made through the USA ticket office will be assigned based upon Jaguar Athletic Fund priority points. Tickets for the Jags game against Tennessee will only be available to Season ticket holders in order to be eligibile to purchase tickets for the game.
You can choose to pick up your tickets at the Mitchell Center ticket office at a date yet to be determined or at South Alabama’s Will Call on the day of the game at the host stadium. No tickets will be mailed this year.
Head football coach Joey Jones announced a new addition to the South Alabama Football team on Monday. Though, he will have to sit out the 2013 season.
Danny Woodson, a 6’1″ 195-pound wide receiver, signed a grant-in-aid agreement with South Alabama. He was originally recruited by the Jags out of high school then sat out the 2011 season as a redshirt freshman while the University of Alabama won the BCS National Championship.
Last season, Woodson appeared in six games with one catch for nine yards in a 52-0 win over Arkansas in route to winning its second straight national title.
Woodson was a two-time first-team all-state selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association while at LeFlore High School. He was named to the Super 12 by the ASWA as a senior after catching 78 passes for 1,360 yards. He scored 25 touchdowns as a junior.
He was rated a four-star recruit from ESPN.com and was among the top 150 prospects nationally. He was among the top 30 wide receivers in the nation according to ESPN.com (22nd on list), Rivals.com (25th on list) and Scout.com (28th on list). He earned honorable mention by the Orlando Sentinel’s All-Southern Team and was 64th in the Mobile Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120. He was also #6 in the Press-Register’s Elite 18.
Woodson was also recruited by Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Texas Tech coming out of high school. His father, Danny Woodson Sr., played quarterback for the Crimson Tide in 1990 and 1991.
He will have two years of eligibility for the Jaguars after sitting out the 2013 season.
Ladd-Peebles Stadium will get new turf installed this summer prior to South Alabama’s 2013 football season opener on August 29.
The Mobile City Council voted unanimously for a $311,168 contract with Field Turf to replace Ladd-Peebles aging current turf. Mobile City Attorney Larry Wettermark estimated that the original installation was eight to 10 years old and is approaching it’s end of life. He was worried that if a Senior Bowl player was to get injured by faulty turf, it would jeopardize the event in Mobile.
The city will pay for the turf from the city’s capital escrow account, which is one of the accounts that receives revenues from the penny sales tax that was passed by the city council in October of last year.
Field Turf was the low bidder. Field Turf’s base bid was $295,168 and $6,000 to maintain certain equipment on the field plus $10,000 in contingency funds. Hellas Sports Construction’s base bid was $343,435.
Field Turf has had some issues recently with turf degradation and has admitted to replacing some fields across the nation, including some in Florida. The company believes the problem stems from a supply of defective fiber. The city council did not discuss any of the companies issues during its meeting. But the contract includes an eight-year warranty for defects in materials and workmanship.
Wettermark said that both products from the two bidders were of equal quality and noted that the city’s recommendation was to accept the lowest bidder.
The contract also includes two new goal posts which will be paid for by the Ladd-Peebles Stadium Board. Wettermark introduced the extra expenditure for the first time during the city council meeting and expressed that the timing of the expenditure was important due to the short window before the Jaguars football season.
Work is expected to begin on May 21 and should be completed in July.
City Council President Reggie Copeland’s only concern was that the contract meets the NFL requirements for the Senior Bowl with striping that would be adequate to take care of the needs for the Senior Bowl, South Alabama and GoDaddy.com Bowl.
Copeland also indicated that, if properly maintained with the equipment, they should be a longer life than they did with the previous turf installation.
Running back Demetre Baker is asking for his release from South Alabama according to his Social Media accounts and WNSP.
Coach Jones told WNSP that Baker had over 20 rules infractions against team rules. He missed games last season due to breaking team rules as well. Jones also said that, after a meeting and a vote of the seniors on the team, they voted to kick him off the football team.
Baker has taken to Social Media and said that all he wants is his transfer papers, but that post has since been taken down.
He participated in spring drills and practices after being named ineligible after failing two classes in the fall. According to Baker’s interview with SunBeltInsider.com, he has been banned from “…offices and campus facilities” which I assume means sports offices and facilities and not academic facilities.
When more information comes out about this situation, we will cover it. But as of now, all we know is that Baker has been dismissed from the team and is looking to get his release to transfer to another school.
B.J. Scott is heading to Chicago. While he was not selected in the NFL Draft last weekend, he has been asked to attend the Chicago Bears’ rookie minicamp on May 10-12.
Scott, a 5’11″ 205-pound defensive back, ranked third on the team with 84 tackles, 49 of them solo, with six tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, three pass breakups, two quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. He was also selected as an honorable mention selection to last season’s All-Sun Belt Conference team.
Prior to landing at South Alabama, Scott played for Vigor High School before signing with the University of Alabama. He spent three years in Tuscaloosa with one of them being a redshirt season. He was part of the team for the 2009 BCS National Championship and a record of 36-5.
After an ankle injury and being tried out at different positions, Scott transferred to South Alabama. He started the first seven games of the 2011 season before a knee injury sufferred against Georgia State forced him to miss the remaining games of the season. But he still finished fifth in tackles with 48 and a team-high four passes defended.
Prior to the injury, he set a single-game school record with 180 yards in kick returns against Georgia State, including a 71-yard return on the game’s opening play. The Jags would eventually lose the game in overtime unfortunately.
He was a late addition to the South team’s roster for the Senior Bowl in January.
The 2013 edition of the Rumble in the Jungle is set for Monday, April 29th at 7pm in Jaguar Gym. Admission is free! Come out and support your Jaguars as they perform feats of strength as they continue their offseason strength and conditioning program in preparation for their first season as a full FBS member and their first time being eligible for a conference championship and a bowl berth.
We covered the controversy last year when EA Sports failed to include South Alabama in the 2013 edition of their yearly NCAA Football franchise. Many Jaguar fans were annoyed and mad about being overlooked and they took to social media and email to let EA know about their displeasure.
EA responded with an initial, “oops, sorry we’ll get you next time.” But that was not enough for the fans. They continued to contact EA and they finally relented and gave the school their “first class treatment.”
Last season EA sent a crew to do detailed stadium scans, fan and tailgating photos and audio recordings to be included in the 2014 edition. They spent the week leading up to the game to collect data on the stadium and information about the team’s playbook. They also experienced gameday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and have been using it to digitially recreate it “in the game,” as they say. This oversight may have worked out in South Alabama’s favor after all.
This was posted by EA Sports on their website previewing the 2014 game. “This year, South Alabama makes its long-awaited debut in NCAA Football along with Old Dominion and Georgia State. The Jaguars stadium has been accurately recreated, as has Texas State’s. That’s right, Jim Wacker Field at Bobcat Stadium will be in the game. Both big and small schools received attention, with TCU’s stadium updated to reflect their recent renovations. Horned Frogs fans should feel right at home.”
You can read the entire EA article here.
Our previous articles covering this topic can be viewed below:
The Blue team, lead by Brandon Bridge, defeated the Red team 33-24 in the annual South Alabama Red-Blue JagDay game at Ladd-Peebles Stadium on Saturday.
Bridge went 10-of-18 for 169 yards and two touchdowns while Trey Fetner found the end zone twice on the ground for the Blue team. Bridge opened the scoring with a 25 yard toss to Kyle Sappington less than three minutes into the game. Bridge would connect with Tryome Bivins for a 44 yard touchdown about midway through the third quarter.
Fetner carried the ball six times for 35 yards in the game with his two touchdowns. He gave the Blue team the lead for good with a one yard scoring run :32 seconds before the halftime break. He also closed out the scoring with a touchdown as time exired.
Blue took the lead early with Bridge’s throw to Sappington. The Red team would even it out on the next possession though. Metheny would completed a pair of passes to Waldon for 20 and 14 yards respectively, both for first downs. Then Metheny would cap it off with a seven yard touchdown toss to Jay Jones to cap off the 10 play, 65 yard drive with under five minutes left in the opening quarter.
Jereme Jones would put the Blue team back on top 14-7 on a 36 yard touchdown reception with less than seven minutes left until the half.
There were three scores in the final three minutes of the first half. Logan Gunn would connect on a 41 yard field goal to draw the Red team within four points of the Blue squad. Then a Desmond LaVelle interception would let Jay Jones cap off a four play, 27 yard drive with a two yard touchdown run to give the Red team it’s first lead of the game at 17-14.
As the Jags finished up their final practice prior to the Jaguars annual Red-Blue Spring Game, they released the roster for Saturday.
The team worked out for about an hour and a half at the practice facility on campus. In addition to working on things for the spring game, the coaches also took the time to instruct the players on drills to focus on between now and the beginning of fall camp.
Coach Jones spoke about how he thought his team did this spring prior to Saturday’s scrimmage. “I thought it was a great spring, our guys came to work,” Jones said. “I’m just proud of their leadership, focus and commitment to building this program at South Alabama. They are doing the right things. We’re a much better team now then we were at the beginning of the spring. That’s not just trying to pump them up, they have really gotten better, we didn’t waste any days.”
Ross Metheny and Jay Jones highlight the offensive backfield for the Red team. But Metheny also has T.J. Glover, Savarez Smith and Corey Waldon as targets on the outside with Wes Saxton at tight end. Melvin Meggs, Drew Dearman, Matt Calcagnini, James Elliot and Darius McKeller will make up the offensive line.
The Red teams defense include Romelle Jones, Alex Page and Montavious Williams on the line with Desmond LaVelle and Maleki Harris backing them up at linebacker. Charles Harris, David Hawkins, Alonzo Long and Darrius Morrow in the secondary among others.
The Blue squad has Brandon Bridge and Trey Fetner as their two quarterbacks with Kendall Houston and Julien Valentin as running backs. Jereme Jones and Bryant Lavender highlight the receiver corps which includes Cameron Broadnax and Jake Howton. The offensive line includes Chris May and four redshirt freshmen from last season Daniel Aust, Steven Foster, Clay Machen and Joseph Scelfo.
Defensively, the blue squad is highlighted by linebackers Clifton Crews, Bryson James and Enrique Williams. Terrell Brighan, Qudarius Ford, Tyrell Pearson and Charles Watson will be in the secondary. The defensive line includes Jesse Kelley, Pat Moore and Will Thompson.
The Red-Blue game will kickoff at 2pm on Saturday at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The parking lot will open at 10am for tailgating and also the College of Medicine’s Gumbo and Chili Showdown starting at 11am.
After the game there will be a 30 minute autograph and photo session with the players on the field.
After Western Kentucky announced that they entered into an agreement with Conference USA to join the league on July 1, 2014, Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson released a statement.
“Today’s announcement that Western Kentucky University has accepted an invitation to join Conference USA is not a surprise given the communication that I have had with university officials and the rampant speculation over the past several months,” Benson said in the statement released by the conference office.”
“I have long understood the implications of the move and what it means for the Sun Belt Conference. In fact, the Sun Belt Conference has been preparing for this possibility for quite some time and with the support and guidance of the Sun Belt Conference board of directors, I will continue to make recommendations on what options the Sun Belt Conference has in terms of future members and divisional structure.”
“I remain confident that we have numerous options and that there are universities that have a strong desire to be members of the Sun Belt Conference. Last week’s additions to the Sun Belt of Appalachian State and Georgia Southern as all sports members and Idaho and New Mexico State as football-only members gives proof that there are universities that want to join the SBC and be part of its dynamic future.”
In 2013 the Sun Belt football season will consist of eight football teams. South Alabama, Arkansas State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisana-Monroe, Troy and Western Kentucky along with newcomers Georgia State and Texas State.
Currently the 2014 membership will include Appalachian State and Georgia Southern, who will be in the final year of their two-year transition from FCS to FBS. It will also include Idaho and New Mexico State as Western Kentucky will leave for C-USA.
Texas-Arlington and Arkansas-Little Rock both are Sun Belt members but do not sponsor football. Two top mentioned potential replacement schools for WKU have been James Madison and Liberty.
A timeframe for announcing any new members to the Sun Belt Conference is not known. Though it is known they intend to go to divisional play in football, which will require one more school who sponsors football in order to do so. That would pave the way to holding a conference championship game. This could happen as soon as 2014 unless the seemingly ever moving target of conference expansion continues to plague the Sun Belt.