Jackson St. faces Texas Southern next

JSU Coach Rick Comegy

JACKSON – (AP) Jackson State’s 0-2 start hasn’t taken any of the fire out of coach Rick Comegy.

During Monday’s press conference, the usually reserved Comegy came out firing when asked about the Saturday’s SWAC opener at Texas Southern.

“They’re a good football team, but I believe we’re a better football team than Texas Southern,” Comegy said. “That’s just how I feel. I believe we ought to go down there and beat them.

“I know a lot of their coaches know us, they’ve been on the staff (at JSU) or worked with us, one or the other, but I just believe we have a better football team, a better brand of kid, than they do.”

It was a rare instance of outspokenness from Comegy, who said that he and his staff have to help JSU’s players move past what has been a difficult start to the season by doing so themselves.

“They’re going to look at us first and see how we’re handling it,” Comegy said. “…they will see that we’ve moved on and they’ll move on themselves.”

Do Tigers have QB quandary? Comegy stopped short of saying the competition at quarterback was back on, but he did decline to name a starter.

Senior Dedric McDonald was pulled during the third quarter in last week’s 38-12 loss at Tennessee State, in part because Comegy felt the offense needed “a little more energy.”

Junior transfer Clayton Moore provided some spark, leading the Tigers to their lone touchdown-scoring drive in the third quarter.

“We need a quarterback that can drive us down and get us points on the board,” Comegy said. “McDonald didn’t play bad, I just felt we needed another look.”

Comegy said a decision on the Tigers’ starting quarterback will come later in the week.

Offense will be tweaked JSU crossed into TSU territory seven times last week yet it only managed 12 points. Comegy said that lack of touchdown scoring won’t cut it.

“I think we need to pound that football a little bit more,” Comegy said. “I think we’re trying to throw it instead of pounding it.”

“We have to have better play selection.”

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