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HBCU Gameday’s Mississippi Valley State 2015 Football Preview

(Baton Rouge Advocate photo)

By Jeremy Anderson

Mississippi Valley State is coming off of two consecutive 2-9 seasons, and hasn’t had a winning season since 2006, but with Rick Comegy being the head coach, a winning season may come to Itta Bena sooner rather than later. Yet still, the Delta Devils are still picked to finish last in the SWAC East for many reasons.

It is no secret that MVSU lacks the talent to really compete in the SWAC as of now, and this may really show given that All-SWAC WR Julian Stafford has graduated. For MVSU to compete and try to win multiple SWAC games, they will need to replace Stafford’s production.

Valley isn’t favored in many games this season, and the first three games on the schedule will be especially tough for the Delta Devils. The Delta Devils begin the season against FBS New Mexico. MVSU then faces the two participants of the 2014 SWAC Championship in back-to-back weeks: Southern University and Alcorn State University.

Players to Watch

Offense

QBs Quantavius Peterson and Dontrinell Scott: Whichever guy plays most this season, the success of MVSU’s season will rely heavily on the performance of the quarterback. Strong QB play is the only way for MVSU to upset some teams and have a record approaching .500.

Defense

DB Le’Trey Jones: Jones led MVSU’s defense in tackles last year. He will have to play a big part
in any improvements of one of the statistically worst defenses in the SWAC.

Homecoming: Texas Southern (10/17)

Best case scenario: 4-7

Worst case scenario: 1-10

9/5/2015 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 6:00 PM Details
9/10/2015 Southern University Itta Bena, MS 6:30 PM Details
9/19/2015 Alcorn State University Alcorn State, MS 2:00 PM Details
9/26/2015 Alabama State University Itta Bena, MS 6:00 PM Details
10/3/2015 Jacksonville State University Jacksonville, AL 1:00 PM Details
10/10/2015 Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, TX 1:00 PM Details
Homecoming 2015
10/17/2015 Texas Southern University Itta Bena, MS 2:00 PM Details
10/24/2015 Grambling State University Grambling, LA 2:00 PM Details
10/31/2015 Jackson State University Itta Bena, MS 4:00 PM Details
11/7/2015 Alabama A&M University Huntsville, AL 1:00 PM Details
11/21/2015 University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff Itta Bena, MS 1:00 PM Details
SWAC Football Championship
12/5/2015 Western Division Champion Houston, TX 3:00 PM Details

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