NEW ORLEANS (WALA) - South Alabama Football head coach Joey Jones and defensive lineman Romelle Jones represented the Jags Monday, July 15 at Sun Belt Conference Football Media Day, held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
Both men spoke about the transition to NCAA Division 1 and how it's affected the team leading up to the season.
"Playing for a bowl this year just gives us so much more motivation. It just gives us that little bit extra to think about and you feel it all in your heart and in your mind when you think about it," said Romelle Jones.
"When you have anything tangible, when you can look at possibly winning a conference championship, possibly going to a bowl game, dangling that carrot in front of out staff and the football program – there's no doubt it motivates you," said Coach Jones. "There's a lot of excitement in there – that we can climb that ladder in the Sun Belt, that we can get to a bowl game – that's the two goals we have. Bottom line that's what we're striving for."
In 2012, South Alabama finished the season with a record of 2 - 11. Since the beginning of the program in 2009, South has only defeated one D-1 team. The Jags were voted to finish 7th this year in the preseason poll. However, Coach Jones says his team is better than that.
"Preseason poll doesn't really matter to me; it's what happens at the end of the year obviously. It's fun to talk about, but our kids have higher expectations than that and we're doing a lot of great things," Coach Jones said.
"Anything on paper I honestly don't look into too much. All I look into is the weight room, film and things I can do to make myself better and along with my team," said Romelle Jones.
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