Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the South Alabama Jaguars season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 3-9 overall, 2-6 in Sun Belt
Head Coach: Steve Campbell, 2nd year, 3-9
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SOUTH ALABAMA OFFENSE
– The first year of the offense was a struggle. The “power spread” is designed to move with a good pace, but without ignoring the running game. The Jaguars only have six starters returning after averaging just 355 yards and 24 points per game, scoring 17 points or fewer six times.
– The Jaguars have their quarterback going forward. There’s no other obvious choice with Evan Orth and Cole Garvin gone, but Cephus Johnson is more than ready to make the offense work after completing 7-of-19 passes for 120 yards and three scores with a pick. He’s 6-5 and 225 pounds and can move. As he goes, so goes the USA season.
– The running backs need the old guy to be the man. Senior Tra Minter led the team with 801 yards and six scores, and do-it-all receiver Kawaan Baker led the way with nine touchdowns and was second with 251 yards. After these two, it’s all about the freshmen – the depth needs a fall camp to emerge.
– The JUCO ranks will beef up the O line that struggled overall but was okay in pass protection. Three starting spots appear to be set, but JUCO transfer Jacob Shoemaker is pushing hard for the left tackle gig, and there will be a fight for the left guard job.
– 61-catch Jamarius Way is gone, and No. 2 guy Kawaan Baker returns after making 33 grabs for 494 yards and four scores – to go along with his ability to run, too. Malik Stanley is a 6-3, 220-pound physical receiver who’s back after missing most of last season, and sophomore Khameron Taylor is a promising tight end who’ll do far more after making five grabs.