MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Coming off a 2 and 11 record and picked to finish next to last in the Sun Belt Conference this year, one might think the jags have something to prove. Throw in the fact that South is just 1 and 13 against division one competition since the program started in 2009, and you'd really think the ole chip would be on the ole shoulder. And you'd be right.
"We feel like the little brother, that's having to fight it's way through, you've gotta get in a fight and win it to get respect. Our guys have that thought in mind, that chip on their shoulder; they want to earn that, that's kind of where we are right now,” said head coach Joey Jones.
And this year's fight will certainly be challenging. The schedule is slam full of D-1 opponents, including a trip to Neyland Stadium to play Tennessee. It will be the Jags introduction to the big time.
"The things 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 one double A's, next year division ones and now it's all division ones, and so we're stepping up every year, and our kids have stepped up to the challenge," said Jones.
And this year, there may be a quarterback controversy brewing. Ross Metheny and Brandon Bridge are battling to be the starter. It's a competition, that's making both players better.
"I think I've had a pretty solid camp, I think I'm the undisputed leader of this team, it's my team, I think the guys look up to me to lead them and that's an important part of playing the quarterback position," said Metheny.
"I feel like I'm battling pretty well. Ross is a good competitor, he's a smart quarterback, makes a lot of good throws - and I think I make a lot of good throws, I just need to keep on getting better everyday," said Bridge.
Getting better is also a must for the defense. South gave up nearly 30 points a game last year, a tough number for any team to overcome. So this year, there's extra attention to detail.
"We knew what the problem was last season, and there's some thing's we're trying to work on to fix that problem. It's technique, each and everyday, learning the play book, going in and looking at film, it all comes with being a better player,” said cornerback Montell Garner
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