Saturday, April 1, 2017

JSU Tiger offense starting to take shape

JACKSON, Mississippi -- The inability to move the ball was JSU’s Achilles heel in SWAC play last year, but offensive coordinator Chad Germany thinks the Tigers are going to turn that around in 2017.

Jackson State ranked eighth in the SWAC in both scoring offense (18.5 points a game) and total offense (308.5 yards). They have an infusion of youth coming in the fall from the latest signing class, but even without those players, there’s reason for optimism.

The Tiger offensive line is gelling around returning starters Vincent Hunter and Brandon McCoy, and Jordan Johnson is far from the only playmaker in the JSU backfield. Carle Ollie leads a young, talented group of receivers.

The trick, Germany said Friday, is to be as consistent as possible.

“The progress is coming at a turtle’s pace, but it’s coming,” Germany said. “Our continuity is one of the most important things, and we have that. Our quarterbacks are understanding what we want to do, and we’re really starting to gel as a unit.”

And while JSU’s four quarterbacks are getting closer by spending time in the film room, the competition among them is heating up on the field.


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