Get To Know: South Alabama

Let’s learn a little more about the Bobcats upcoming opponent, the South Alabama Jaguars.

The Jaguars are still one of the “New Comers” to college football, having only fielded a team since 2009. In that short time they have built a very respectable program, and continue to move towards the future in a strong fashion.

Jaguar History
S. Alabama has fielded a Football team since 2009, and have been coached the entire time by Former Alabama Crimson Tide, and Atlanta Falcon Receiver Joey Jones. The Jaguars played a 7 game schedule in 2009 against a variety of FCS, and independent or unclassified opponents, finishing at 7-0 and outscoring opponents 321-41. The first ever game was played against Hargrave Military Academy and saw the Jaguars win in front of 26,000 fans, 30-13. That success continued into 2010 when they went on to a 10-0 record, again majorly outscoring the other teams by a combined total of 413-130. In 2011 South Alabama went into the first year of the transition to FBS division 1 football, competing as a division 1 independent, and upping their competition, still managing to finish at 6-4. 2012 was the worst year for the Jags playing a mixed out of conference schedule and transitioning to the Sun Belt. They were not eligible for Bowls or a Conference title, they struggled to a 1-4 record against non-conference teams, their only win coming against Nichols st. They matched that 1 win total in conference play by beating Florida Atlantic, to go 1-7 in SBC play. Overall, finishing 2-11 on the season. In 2013 they turned it around quickly and managed a 6-6 Record in their first full season as a bowl eligible, Sun Belt Conference team, and finished 5th overall in the Sun Belt with a 4-3 record.

Location, info, Records,
The University of South Alabama is located in Mobile, Alabama, in the southernmost part of the State. The school has a current enrollment of around 14,000 students, who have bought into this program whole-heartedly. The Jaguars mascot is lovingly known as Southpaw, and can be seen strolling around Ladd Peebles Stadium at all home games. The stadium has served as home field to the Jaguars since the start of their football days, but has been around much longer, hosting everything from concerts, to boxing matches and various other events. Ladd Peebles stadium also holds some lore to the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, since this is where Paul Bear Bryant would coach his first ever football game for the Crimson Tide.

Being a new program it is hard to think that much of a rivalry could be brewed, but with the success of the program, and the locale of other Sunbelt teams, it has happened. Current Rivals are fellow South Alabama Resident Troy, also in the list of rivals that the students have accepted are Georgia St. and Louisiana Lafayette.

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