MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Football season is just around the corner, and it’s a big year for South Alabama Football.
“We started to football program five years ago and here we are in year five, and we’re obviously a much better football team now,” said head coach Joey Jones.
In 2009 the program kicked off its inaugural season with a 7-0 record against junior college competition. However, the opponents have gotten stronger.
“The thing that’s the hardest about putting this together is, we’re stepping up every year, started off with junior colleges, next year division 2 and 1-AAs, next year D-1 and now it’s all D-1’s, and so we’re stepping up every year, and our kids have stepped up to the challenge,” said Jones.
Coach Joey Jones has an overall record of 25-15 in the first four seasons of football at South – but this year the competition gets tough.
The Jags will travel to Knoxville in week 5 for a game against Tennessee, the program’s first competition from the Southeastern Conference.
“We feel like the little brother, that’s having to fight its way through, you’ve gotta get in a fight and win it to get respect. Our guys have that thought in mind, that chip of their shoulder; they want to earn that, that’s kind of where we are right now,” said Jones.
After struggling to a 2 - 11 record in 2012, Jones believes this year is a turning point. The Jags are officially NCAA D-1, eligible for a bowl game and Sun Belt Conference Title.
“It’s a fun time to be at South Alabama because we’re doing a lot of firsts. First division one win last year, could be our first bowl this year, first championship. There’s a lot of things going on at South right now and we’re very excited,” said Jones.
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