Auburn Opponent Preview: JSU Gamecocks

Jacksonville State will be the opponent for Auburn's first home football game this season.

Jacksonville State head coach John Grass (above) shouts instructions to the Gamecocks last season in a game at Michigan State.


Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of previews of Auburn's 2015 football opponents.

The Jacksonville State Gamecocks will head into town on Sept. 12 for their first-ever football matchup vs. Auburn. Fans planning to attend the game need to be prepared for plenty of heat now that the kickoff has been set at 11 a.m. to accommodate television.

While JSU will be looking to pull off what would be an historic upset, Coach Gus Malzahn’s Tigers will be looking to impress the home fans in their first game of the season at Jordan-Hare Stadium, which will feature a new, super-sized video screen/scoreboard that is currently being installed above the south end zone stands.

The main threat for the Gamecock offense is quarterback Eli Jenkins. The junior racked up 2,658 total yards and 18 total touchdowns last season. Since JSU’s all-time leading rusher DaMarcus James graduated, Jenkins is now the star of the show. His supporting cast includes three wide receivers and four offensive linemen returning as starters.

Four transfers heading into their senior seasons are heavily involved in the defense. End LaMichael Fanning (Alabama) and tackle Devaunte Sigler (Auburn) anchor the line while Chris Landrum (Auburn) is a solid linebacker specializing in pass rushing.

Chris Landrum is shown during his time at Auburn back in 2013.

Safety Debarriaus Miller (Southern Miss) patrols the secondary and rounds out the list of top contributing transfers. He intercepted four passes last season and made 55 total tackles.

Not many fans are expecting the game to be a tightly-contested affair, but it will be a good opportunity for the Auburn defense to face a capable dual-threat quarterback. Former Tigers Sigler and Landrum will also get a chance to play in Jordan-Hare even if they won’t be wearing orange and blue.

Top Offensive Player: Junior quarterback Eli Jenkins

Top Defensive Player: Junior cornerback Debarriaus Miller

Quick Fact: JSU’s last win vs. an FBS team came at Ole Miss in 2010 when the Gamecocks won 49-48 in double overtime.

2014 Results: 10-2 (8-0 OVC)

2015 Schedule:

Sept. 5–Jacksonville State at Chattanooga
Sept. 12­­–Jacksonville State at Auburn
Sept. 19–Tennessee State at Jacksonville State
Sept. 26–Jacksonville State at Tennessee-Martin
Oct. 3–Mississippi Valley State at Jacksonville State
Oct. 17–Jacksonville State at Tennessee Tech
Oct. 24–Jacksonville State at Austin Peay
Oct. 31–Eastern Kentucky at Jacksonville State
Nov. 7–Jacksonville State at Eastern Illinois
Nov. 14–Southeast Missouri State at Jacksonville State
Nov. 21–Murray State at Jacksonville State

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