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  Kareem Walker ran for 150 yards and three touchdowns and South Alabama rallied and then held off Alcorn State for 28-21 win on Saturday. Tre Young intercepted the Braves' Felix Harper in the end zone with 1:55 left to preserve the lead. Trailing 14-7 at halftime, the Jaguars (3-0) tied it at 14-all on Walker's 13-yard run with 12:12 to left in the third quarter before taking the lead for good on his 35-yard scoring run not even two minutes later. South Alabama made 28-14 when Bryan Hill ran it from 11 yards to end a 10-play, 71-yard drive that lasted five minutes. Harper threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Juan Anthony Jr. to reduce the deficit to seven. He finished with 265 yards passing and CJ Bolar caught five passes for 128 yards. - South Alabama/AP College Football

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Kareem WalkerSouth Alabama
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  09/13/21 - Diego GuajardoJr/2023, South Alabama, 6-0, 195 (DS#13 K) + More +

  SEPT 13 SUN BELT SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Diego Guajardo, South Alabama, (So., K - Spanish Fort, Ala.),...Jaguars sophomore kicker Diego Guajardo kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to lift South Alabama to a 22-19 win over Bowling Green. The Spanish Fort, Ala., native also connected from 22 and 41 yards out, as part of a 10-point effort. Guajardo's three field goals tied his career high, while his walk-off kick provided the Jaguars their first win on the final play of the game since Oct. 20, 2012. - Sun Belt Football

(DS#13 K) Jr/2023 K Diego GuajardoSouth Alabama
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  09/11/21 - Terrion AveryrSr/2022, South Alabama, 5-08, 195 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Diego Guajardo kicked a 44-yard field goal as time expired to lift South Alabama to a 22-19 win over Bowling Green on Saturday. Terrion Avery scored on a 13-yard run with 1:39 remaining to get the Jaguars (2-0) a 19-all tie and then Quentin Wilfawn recovered a fumble at the Bowling Green 33 that led to the winning kick. Avery's TD run was made possible by Jake Bentley's 20-yard pass to Caullin Lacy on fourth-and-8 with three minutes remaining.

South Alabama took its first lead on Kareem Walker's 1-yard run in the third quarter but the Falcons grabbed it back at 19-12 on Matt McDonald's 33-yard scoring pass to Andrew Bench and a two-point conversion. Bowling Green (0-2), which had only 9 rushing yards, still led most of the way. A blocked punt out of the end zone for a safety and Jake Bentley's 27-yard pick-6 gave the Falcons a 8-0 lead after the first quarter. Guajardo kicked a pair of field goals in the second quarter to get the Jaguars within 8-6 at halftime. South Alabama had 11 more first downs and outrushed Bowling Green 114-9 though the Eagles had a 308-257 edge in passing yards. - South Alabama/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Terrion AverySouth Alabama
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  09/05/21 - Jake BentleyrSr/2022, South Alabama, 6-4, 220 (DS#32 QB) + More +

  Jake Bentley threw two touchdown passes and new head coach Kane Wommack didn't have to wait long to get his first victory as South Alabama spotted Southern Mississippi an early lead before scoring 31 straight points in a season-opening 31-7 win over the Golden Eagles on Saturday. Trey Lowe's 1-yard TD run gave Southern Miss a 7-0 lead after the first quarter. Bentley knotted the score at 7 early in the second quarter with a scoring strike to Trent Tyre and gave the Jaguars the lead for good when he connected with Kareem Walker less than two minutes later. Davyn Flenord capped the scoring for South Alabama with a pick-6 with 44 seconds left in the game. Bentley completed 10 of 12 passes for 138 yards. Jalen Tolbert had three catches for 84 yards. Frank Gore Jr. carried 11 times for 61 yards for the Golden Eagles. - South Alabama/AP College Football

(DS#32 QB) rSr/2022 QB Jake BentleySouth Alabama
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  08/17/21 - Yam BanksSo/2024, South Alabama, 6-1, 205 (DS#999 CB) + More +

  There are few positions in the "SwarmD" asked to do more than the Husky, and there's a good chance South Alabama will have a freshman starting there in 2021. Yam Banks has stepped forward to take most first-team reps through the first four days of camp at Husky, a hybrid position that combines elements of both cornerback and safety. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Ridgeland, Miss., saw action in seven games for the Jaguars as a true freshman last season, albeit at cornerback. "It's a lot on me because I switched position from playing corner," Banks said. "I'm a big guy, so they expect me to play my weight - cover guys, get to the quarterback, fit on the runs - all that."

When head coach Kane Wommack and defensive coordinator Corey Batoon arrived at South Alabama in December, they penciled in veteran safety Patrick Rosette as the first-team Husky. But Rosette - who has seen action in just three games in two seasons with the Jaguars due to a variety of injuries - suffered a torn knee ligament during an offseason workout, and was lost for the 2021 season. That left the Jaguars with Banks and sophomore Keon Voisin, who played a more traditional safety role in 2020, to battle for the Husky position in the spring. TCU transfer Atanza Vongor arrived over the summer to make it a three-way competition. - Birmingham News


(DS#999 CB) So/2024 CB Yam BanksSouth Alabama
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  08/15/21 - JaChai BakerrSr/2022, South Alabama, 6-5, 314 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  South Alabama held its fourth preseason football practice on Monday morning at the Jaguar Training Center, and several newcomers are beginning to make their presence known. Chief among those is offensive lineman Ja'Chai Baker, who took virtually every rep during 11-on-11 team drills as the first-team left tackle. An all-conference pick on the FCS level at Southeast Missouri last season, the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Baker (whose first name is pronounced "Juh-KYE") hasn't yet won a job outright, head coach Kane Wommack said, but has made excellent progress through the first week of camp. "We're starting to make some moves on the offensive line," Wommack said. "Obviously we've brought some of these transfer guys in here and we need to see them working with different people. Some of the guys that were here in the spring, certainly they're going to have a little bit more experience in terms of what we're doing and the communication level. I want to see kind of how they interact with different people, but I thought Ja'Chai has been doing a good job. And so he deserves some (first-team) reps." - Birmingham News

(DS#999 OT) rSr/2022 OT JaChai BakerSouth Alabama
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  South Alabama's offensive and defensive depth charts remain largely stable from the spring, with one exception. Linebacker Jamal Brooks, a fifth-year senior who transferred in from Missouri over the summer, saw time with the first and second defensive units during 11-on-11 team drills on the first two days of preseason camp. Though the Jaguars aren't doing any contact work just yet, Brooks has managed to bat down a few passes that have come his way.

Brooks, a former Bessemer City High School standout, totaled 41 tackles in 46 career games at Missouri. He has proven himself to be both a vocal leader and a playmaker during the first two days of camp, head coach Wommack said Saturday. "I'm really impressed with Jamal," Wommack said. "Communication is so important, and that was one thing we talk about every single day in our defense - relentlessly loud communication. It exudes confidence with everybody else on the field. That's with your team, but it's also intimidating for our opponent. And Jamal is so loud when he gets on that field. And he's also really instinctive; he got his hands on a couple of balls today. We've got to come up with some interceptions off of that." - Birmingham News


(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Jamal BrooksSouth Alabama
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  South Alabama looks reasonably well-set at quarterback with Utah transfer Jake Bentley and at wide receiver, with Jalen Tolbert leading a deep and talented group. It's a different situation at running back, where Carlos Davis - the Jaguars' leading rusher in 2020 - is off the team following an offseason arrest. None of the four remaining backs - AJ Phillips, Terrion Avery, Jared Wilson and Tank Miller - looked particularly explosive during the spring. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Walker, a former highly-touted Michigan recruit who barely saw the field at Mississippi State last season, could give South Alabama the type of power back it hasn't had in recent memory. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Kareem WalkerSouth Alabama
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  South Alabama has landed another Division I football transfer for 2021, as former Texas A&M linebacker Ke'Shun Brown has joined the Jaguars' program, a source confirmed to AL.com on Sunday. Brown, a former Carver-Montgomery standout, will have four seasons of eligibility at South Alabama. He is expected to enroll in school this week and participate in fall camp, which begins Friday.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Brown was a four-star recruit in the 2019 signing class, but has not seen game action in two seasons at Texas A&M. He redshirted as a true freshmen, then initially opted out of the 2020 season due to COVID concerns before returning late in the fall. Brown went through spring practice at Texas A&M, but was not expected to contend for a starting job this fall. He entered the NCAA transfer portal in May. Brown is the 12th Division I transfer to join the South Alabama program since head coach Kane Wommack took over in December. - Birmingham News


(DS#999 ILB) rSo/2024 ILB KeShun BrownSouth Alabama
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  08/03/21 - Atanza VongorJr/2023, South Alabama, 6-1, 208 (DS#999 SS) + More +

  South Alabama has added another Division I transfer to its roster for 2021, with the commitment of former TCU safety Atanza Vongor. Vongor, a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, will have three years of eligibility remaining with the Jaguars. He originally committed to transfer to Colorado in May before re-entering the transfer portal a month later. The 6-foot-1, 208-pound Vongor was a four-star recruit and a Top 200 national prospect in TCU's 2018 signing class, but a knee injury kept him off the field as a true freshman. He played in 11 games for the Horned Frogs in 2019 and five in 2020 (totaling two tackles in two seasons) before leaving the program at the end of the beginning of the spring semester. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 SS) Jr/2023 SS Atanza VongorSouth Alabama
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  07/23/21 - Jalen TolbertrSr/2022, South Alabama, 6-3, 195 (DS#4 WR) + More +

  South Alabama is picked to finish third in the Sun Belt Conference West Division in 2021, according to voting by league coaches released Tuesday. The Jaguars received 27 poll points, putting them behind Louisiana (49) and Arkansas State (38) and ahead of Texas State (25) and ULM (11). The Ragin' Cajuns received 9 of 10 first-place votes, with the Red Wolves getting the other. Coastal Carolina and Appalachian State tied atop the East Division projections with 44 points, though the Chanticleers received six first-place votes to four for the Mountaineers. Georgia State (24), Georgia Southern (20) and Troy (18) round out the projected division standings.

Preseason all-conference teams were also announced Tuesday, with wide receiver Jalen Tolbert the only South Alabama representative on the first team. Safety Keith Gallmon received a nod to the second team. Tolbert, a junior from Mobile, is the leading returning receiver in the Sun Belt after catching 64 passes for 1,085 yards and eight touchdowns in 2020. He was a first-team All-SBC pick last season, and has been listed as a candidate for various All-America and national awards in 2021. - Birmingham News


(DS#4 WR) rSr/2022 WR Jalen TolbertSouth Alabama
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  07/10/21 - Nate HowardSo/2024, South Alabama, 6-6, 325 (DS#999 OT) + More +

  South Alabama offensive lineman Nate Howard has left the team and entered the NCAA transfer portal, he confirmed to AL.com on Friday. Howard, a 6-foot-7, 325-pound freshman from Forsythe, Ga., did not see action for the Jaguars in 2020. He entered spring practice running with the first team at right tackle, but had lost playing time to Louisiana Tech transfer Antawn Lewis by the end of camp. A member of South Alabama's 2020 signing class, Howard is the fifth South Alabama scholarship player to leave the team since January. Of the other four, offensive lineman Hayden Burton was dismissed for violation of team rules, while running back Carlos Davis and safety Dewayne Betts were suspended indefinitely following offseason arrests. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 OT) So/2024 OT Nate HowardSouth Alabama
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  07/09/21 - Shawn SteelerSr/2022, South Alabama, 5-10, 180 (DS#97 CB) + More +

  South Alabama recently added its 11th Division I football transfer for 2021, former Arkansas-Pine Bluff defensive back Shawn Steele. Steele played four years for the Golden Lions, and will have one season of eligibility with the Jaguars due to a blanket waiver passed by the NCAA amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He announced he was committed to South Alabama on June 25. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Steele was UAPB's third-leading tackler during the 2021, season totaling 28 stops along with four pass breakups and an interception. The Golden Lions played just five games after their season was moved to the spring due to COVID, finishing 4-1 and losing to Alabama A&M in the SWAC championship game. An Arlington, Texas, native, Steele totaled 180 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 23 pass breakups and six interceptions during his career at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He has played primarily cornerback during his college career, but could also add depth for South Alabama at safety. - Birmingham News

(DS#97 CB) rSr/2022 CB Shawn SteeleSouth Alabama
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  South Alabama added its third former SEC skill-position player of the offseason on Saturday. Former Mississippi State running back Kareem Walker announced he will play his final college season with the Jaguars. Walker (6-foot-2, 225 pounds) appeared in two games the last two seasons with the Bulldogs after a year in junior college and two years at Michigan. Originally from Irvington, N.J., Walker was a three-star recruit in Michigan's 2016 signing class. He redshirted as a true freshman, then rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in five games for the Wolverines in 2017.

Walker spent the 2018 season at Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, rushing for 207 yards and a touchdown in seven games. He sat out the 2019 season at Mississippi State for academic reasons, then played in two games (with no carries) last season before leaving the team and entering the NCAA transfer portal in early November. Walker has already graduated from Mississippi State, so he will be immediately eligible at South Alabama even though he is a second-time transfer. - Birmingham News


(DS#999 RB) rSr/2022 RB Kareem WalkerSouth Alabama
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  South Alabama has added a transfer commitment from former Kentucky wide receiver Allen Dailey. Dailey, a Pinson Valley High School graduate, will have two seasons of eligibility with the Jaguars beginning in 2021. He announced his decision to transfer via Instagram late Sunday. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound Dailey played in 37 games in three seasons at Kentucky, totaling 23 receptions for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He will be reunited in Mobile with South Alabama wide receivers coach Michael Smith, who helped recruit him to Lexington in 2018. Dailey was a three-star prospect in the 2018 class, according to 247 Sports. He was a first-team Class 6A All-State pick as a senior at Pinson Valley, catching 80 passes for 1,441 yards and 23 touchdowns for an Indians team that went 15-0 and won the state championship with current Auburn quarterback Bo Nix under center. - Birmingham News

(DS#999 WR) Sr/2022 WR Allen Dailey Jr.South Alabama
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