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Alabama State’s Brian Jenkins didn’t mince words when asked what happened during his team’s 64-6 loss to Southern in Week 3.
“The game at Baton Rouge was a good, old, behind-the-shed whupping that we took,” Jenkins said on the SWAC’s weekly conference call.”We turned the ball over six times and just did not play well.”
The loss dropped ASU to 0-3 to start the season as they prepare for their home opener against Texas Southern on Saturday. The loss was a disheartening one after playing FBS opponent UTSA and SWAC Champ Alcorn State tough in the season’s first two weeks.
“We have to come back home and find a way to lick our wounds and really have a heart-to-heart as a coaching staff and as a football team and then put what occurred last week behind us,” he said.
Texas Southern is looking to garner momentum from its first win under new head coach Michael Haywood after beating Mississippi Valley State 31-0.
“They’ve had some unfortunate incidents, but they’re an explosive team and extremely dangerous,” Haywood said. “We go in there with true respect for them. Because they can definitely move the football and have some exciting players on that team as well.”
Undoubtedly, the pressure is on Alabama State, as they look to avoid going 0-4. The team won its first game in the Jenkins era last year in its fourth game, beating Mississippi Valley State. At this point, Jenkins and his staff are still searching for answers.
“We’re going through a major evaluation and possible overhaul, coaching staff-wise and personnel wise. Because what happened Saturday is unacceptable. I’ve even got to check myself on some of the things that I’ve been doing,” Jenkins said. “You don’t have to pull the plug out and let the ship sink, I still believe we’ve still got a good football team, we just didn’t play well Saturday night.”
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