Among some of the former Jaguars who are expected to take part in the activities are quarterback Ross Metheny, wide receiver Bryant Lavender, defensive end Pat Moore, linebacker Bryson James, linebacker Enrique Williams, center Matt Calcagnini, defensive back Tyrell Williams, defensive back Charles Watson, linebacker Clifton Crews, defensive back Darrius Morrow and outside linebacker/safety David Hawkins.
Among other players who will be participating from other schools is former USA running back Demetre Baker, who played at Faulkner University last season. Other players participating have ties to the Mobile area.
They will begin at noon with players taking the Wonderlic test, then official heights, weights and other measureables. Physical drills will begin next with the 225-pound bench press, 40-yard dash timing, vertical jump, long jump and other drills.
Then players will go through position drills.
Among the teams expected to be in attendance at Pro Day are Miami, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Seattle, Jacksonville and New Orleans from the NFL and Lions and Rough Riders from the CFL.
Good luck Jaguars!
Senior Augustine Rubit earned a school-record 53rd double-double of his career to lead the Jaguars to a 63-53 win over Texas State on Thursday night at the Mitchell Center. His double-double broke a tie with Terry Catledge for the most double-doubles in school history.
Rubit scored 14 points and came down with 11 rebounds in the game with four steals, two blocks, and two assists as the Jaguars never trailed in the game.
A strong defensive effort by USA held the Bobcats in check throughout most of the first half by only allowing 10 points through the first 16+ minutes of the game. TSU only made five of their 22 field goal attempts and shot 27.6% in the first half.
Though the Jaguars did not shoot much better with a 33.3% mark in the first half themselves. Rubit and Antoine Allen accounted for 17 of the teams 31 first half points.
Texas State scored the first six points of the second half to draw near but an 8-1 run by USA stretched the lead by out to 13 points about midway through the second half.
Again Texas State made a run by scoring eight unanswered points and 12 of 15 points scored to cut the lead four with just over five minutes remaining. But Allen and Williams both hit buckets to double the lead and would only allow the Bobcats to close to within five points twice over the final 2.5 minutes. Williams finally put the nail in the coffin with a three-pointer with 1:20 left in the game.
Allen was the only other Jaguar to score in double-figures with 13 points to go along with his two steals and two assists.
All nine Jags saw action in the game.
“I’m really proud of the team,” coach Matthew Graves said. “The guys did a tremendous job of coming out and playing hard out of the gate. We talked about this week, everybody is aware that we weren’t playing for the opportunity to go to the conference tournament, which is certainly disappointing, and the players could have easily given up and not played as hard and ridden off into the sunset. But they hung tough and I was really encouraged, especially in the first half, by how hard the guys were playing. They were really sharing the basketball.”
“In the second half we started off very flat and reverted back into some bad habits that have crept in and we were able to regroup in time and force a lot of turnovers. This might have been our season high in turnovers that we forced and I thought overall defensively, except for a few times in the post, this was one of our better efforts on the year.”
South Alabama will conclude their 2013-2014 season at the Mitchell Center on Saturday against Texas-Arlington with tipoff scheduled for 7:05pm on Senior Night. The Lady Jaguars will play beforehand and will honor their Seniors prior to their game as well.
USA will be bidding farewell to two Seniors, Antoine Allen and Augustine Rubit. Come out on Saturday and send those two out on a high note.
The Bobcats used a 14-0 run midway through the second half to regain the lead and held onto it the rest of the way. While the Jags held a 30-18 advantage over the Bobcats in points in the paint, they turned the ball over 20 times which led to 20 points for their opponents.
Jennifer Johnson finished the game with 17 points, just one shy of her career high. Breanna Hall added 15 points for her 11th double-digit scoring game in the Jaguars last 13 games.
The Jags how lost their last eight games to fall to 7-20 on the season and 5-12 in Sun Belt play. They will close out the season against Texas-Arlington on Saturday night for Senior night. They will honor four seniors prior to the game: Meghan Dunn, Jennifer Johnson, Olivia Mohler and Ronneka Robertson.
“I’m very disappointed, and our kids are really hurting,” Jaguar head coach Terry Fowler said after the game. “We basically had four opportunities with the two games last week and tonight, and I thought we played well enough for 30-33 minutes to win them. Unfortunately it’s a 40-minute ball game, if we could get the NCAA to somehow give us a 33-minute game our record would be a lot different.”
“We told (the team) in the locker room we know that we’re not going to the conference tournament, but Saturday night is Senior Night, and that’s special night,” Fowler said. “We play for our seniors, so let’s send them out on a high note. I haven’t lost on Senior Night in the last seven years, and the challenge is to play for our seniors. That’s our plan.”
Come out Saturday night to send our Jaguar Seniors out on a high note.
The #8 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs shut out the Jaguars for a 3-0 win on Wednesday night in Starkville, Mississippi. Three MSU pitchers combined for the shutout and allowed eight hits throughout the night.
USA righty Matt Bell took the loss after pitching four innings allowing two runs on five hits with three strikeouts with no walks. Hunter Soleymani pitched three scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout in relief. Dilon Buhrkuhl pitched one scoreless inning in releif and also only walked one batter while striking out one as well.
All three Jaguar pitchers combined to hold the Bulldogs hitless after the third inning as Bell retired the final six batters he faced in the game before giving way to the relievers.
The Jags threatened in the bottom of the first inning when it loaded the bases on back-to-back one-out singles by Bud Collura and Hayden Jones followed by Erik Hindmon being walked. But Cole Gleason struck out to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the first inning two Jaguar errors led to two Bulldog runs. Jake Vickerson reached base on a fielding error at first to lead off the inning. He then advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt at first by Bell. Alex Detz the followed with an RBI single through the right side of the infield to drive Vickerson in. Wes Rea singled to left center field to move Detz to third base then Brett Pirtle singled to left center as well to drive in Detz for a 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom of the third inning Detz would score the final run of the game with a leadoff homer to right field.
The Jags threatened again in the top of the fourth inning when Adam Ballew drew a walk to lead off the inning. Matt Bolger hit an infield single to short then Drew LaBounty’s sacrifice moved both players in to scoring position. But MSU was able to pitch out of it with a strikeout and an inning ending flyout to left field.
Jags attempted to get something going in the eighth inning when Davis Knapp led off with a pinch hit single to right field. HIndmon followed with a single up the middle. But a flyout by the next batter would be followed by a 1-6-3 double play to end the inning.
USA (5-7) will host Southern Illinois for a three-game series this weekend at Eddie Stanky Field.
The South Alabama Softball team made a slight move in one poll while holding steady in the other. The Jags are 15-2 on the season and coming off a 4-1 record over the weekend at the Gulf Coast Classic where their only loss was a narrow one #12 Baylor.
The team remained at #14 in the USA Today/NFCA top 25 poll while they moved up one stop in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Top 25 to #15.
The Jaguars are the only other school in the state ranked in the top 25. Alabama is ranked #11, Auburn narrowly misses at 26 and UAB is 33rd.
The only other Sun Belt Conference school to make the poll is Louisiana-Lafayette, the preseason choice to win the conference title, who are ranked 23rd.
The team travels to Boca Raton, Florida for the Parents’ Weekend Tournament at Florida Atlantic University this weekend.
Starter Jared Gates allowed three unearned runs on two hits in five innings of work. He finished with four strikeouts and six walks. Matt Peacock, who took the loss, walked all three batters he faced in relief of Gates. Cameron Carleton threw three shutout innings while allowing four hits, a strikeout and a walk.
The Jags scored two runs in the first inning to give Gates early run support. Bud Collura got on base with a one-out walk before advancing to third on a single by Hayden Jones. He scored on an RBI grounout by Matt Mojciechowski to take a 1-0 lead. Erik Hindmon reached base on a fielding error by JSU’s third baseman which schoed Jones from second for a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers would tie the game up in the bottom of the fourth after an RBI double and a passed ball.
The Jags tied the game back up in the top of the fifth when Collura doubled and later scored on a two-out RBI single by Jones.
JSU answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. The bases were loaded by three consecutive walks before a sacrifice fly and an RBI groundout to shortstop scored the two deciding runs.
The Jags would only manage one more run the rest of the way. In the top of the eighth Hindmon would advance to third on a flyout to right field by Adam Ballew then would score when the relay throw to third sailed out of play.
The Jags will play again tonight against #12 Mississippi State in Starkville, MS. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30pm and will be broadcast on ESPN3 and WNSP.
The South Alabama men’s golf team won the championship title at the Samford Intercollegiate on Tuesday.
They were trailing ninth ranked UAB by 16 strokes after the first round on Monday but were able to overtake them by two shots to win the tournament. This is the Jaguars first championship title shince winning the BancorpSouth Intercollegiate title on April 5, 2011. It’s also their fourth top-3 performance of the year so far.
Lane Hulse recorded two scores of 74 and a final round 73 to tie for second place individually as he helped the team to the title on Tuesday.
The team will play again on Monday when they travel to compete in the Tiger Invitational hosted by Auburn University.
On Monday the Sun Belt Conference office named South Alabama’s Farish Beard the Conference Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season.
Beard (9-1) struck out a career-high 15 batters in one game, the second-most in a single game for a Jaguar, and it came in her second career no-hitter against UT-San Antonio. Beard was 3-0 in her three starts over the weekend with a total of 36 strikeouts in 18 innings, for an average of two strikeouts per inning, and only allowing a pair of hits and no earned runs.
After her performance over the weekend her ERA fell to a conference leading 0.15 as she held opponents to a 0.34 batting average with complete game shutouts against Ohio and UTSA. She also leads the conference in opposing batting average of 0.83, wins, fewest runs allowed with 4 and fewest earned runs allowed with 1.
Beard previously was given the same honor on February 10 for her performance in the Mardi Gras Invitational. Through four weeks of voting a Jaguar has earned a weekly award three of those weeks as Blair Johnson earned Player of the Week last week.
USA travels to Boca Raton, Florida for the Parents’ Weekend Invitational this weekend, hosted by former Sun Belt Conference member Florida Atlantic. The Jags will face Marshall University, Virginia Tech, Illinois, FAU, and Illinois again.
South Alabama’s woes continue as they lost their seventh consecutive game, this time in overtime, to Louisiana-Lafayette in the Cajundome 68-61.
The losing streak began against Troy on February 6, the game in which Brittany Webb was injured and lost for the remainder of the season. The team was already thin, but was extremely thin at point guard.
After dropping their last seven consecutive games, the lady Jaguars stand at 7-19 overall and 5-11 in conference play. They have fallen out of the top eight, who will fill the eight seeds for the Sun Belt Conference Tournament in New Orleans which is fast approaching.
With two games remaining, they are two games behind a trio of teams sitting at 7-9 in the conference. The Jags would have to win out and get some help from those teams ahead of them in order to potentially make the conference tournament. The math is pretty simple actually, win two games and ULM lose two games and the Jaguars are in.
Both games are at home for the Jaguars which could be just the help they need to get back into the win column. At least it would give them momentum going into the offseason. ULM will play the final two games of the season on the road at Arkansas State and Arkansas-Little Rock, the first and third place teams in the conference.
As for the game itself, Ronnka Robertson posted a career performance with 28 points and 17 rebounds. But in overtime, the Cajuns outshot the Jags at the free throw line which made the difference. ULL was 9-of-10 from the free throw stripe, while the Jaguars were only 5-of-10.
The Lady Jags will try to do their part on Wednesday when they host Texas State at the Mitchell Center for a 7:05pm tipoff.
ULL used a 25-6 run over an 11-minute span in the first half to score the most first half points against the Jaguars all season. Bryant Mbamalu scored a game-high 32 points for the Cajuns and 11 of his 17 first half points in the opening 4:07 of the game.
Freshman Ken Williams recorded a career-high 22 points on five three-pointers. Sophomore Barrington Stevens III added a career-high 20 points while going 4-for-4 from outside the arc. They combined to score 31 of the Jaguars 49 points in the second half.
Augustine Rubit narrowly missed another double-double with 17 points and nine rebounds as he added four blocks to earn his way into the top 25 in the conference in this category.
This was the first Jaguar opponent to score over 100 points on the Jaguars since New Orleans on February 5, 1995.
With the loss, the Jaguars fall to 9-20 overall and 3-13 in conference play and only one game in the win column behind eighth place and the final seed in the conference tournament.
With the loss the Jaguars were eliminated from the Sun Belt Tournament and with that news Augustine Rubit’s phenominal career in a South Alabama jersey will conclude on Saturday against UT-Arlington.
The Jags will face Texas State on Thursday and UT-Arlington on Saturday to close out the season and hopefully have some positive momentum going into the offseason.