Columbian-Progress from Columbia, Mississippi on August 25, 1990 · Page 34
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Columbian-Progress from Columbia, Mississippi · Page 34

Columbia, Mississippi
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Saturday, August 25, 1990
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8C Tht Columbian-Progress Weekend Edition, August 25, 1990 JSU reveals outlook for its 1990 season The Jackson State University Tigers had their four year run on the Southwestern Athletic Conference championships snapped last season when they yielded the title to Grambling State. The Tigers 'finished the year 8-4 overall and 5-2 in league play. The 1980s were kind to the Tigers. Under the leadership of Head Coach W.C. Gorden, JSU became the "SWAC Team of the Decade" by winning or tying for seven conference titles and stringing together an incredible league record of 28 consecutive titles and stringing together an incredible league record of 28 consecutive SWAC wins. After losing 35-14 to Mississippi Valley on September 28, 1985, the Tigers went four years without losing a conference game before the streak was halted by Southern University 21-7 on October 14, 1989. The following weekend Grambling I tor A Winning . Mil K Football Season! ftWfl I )1 HARRY TAYLOR Discount Building Materials, Inc. i Courtfiouse Square Columbia, Ms. 736-7138 li I I nr r , tv ,r r t r II I ALWAYS 6; I B I defeated JSU 27-17. In 1990, the Tigers will be looking to regain the form that made them the dominant team in the SWAC during the 1980s and a perennial NCAA Division I-AA participant. JSU has made eight trips to the playoffs with seven of those appearances coming during the 1980s. With a veteran offense returning led by all star receiver Tim Barnett, senior quarterback Shawn Gregory and an experienced line, the team appears to have the firepower to put some points on the board. Defensively, how Good Luck! i . fes 1 1 3 BS 111 i FAMOUS FRIED HP L )" 0oo-O o o 1 o o o o o o Jo o 0 0 0 ? , .". ? - . 0 ever, the Tigers are young and inexperienced especially after losing All American linebacker Darion Conner and the entire secondary. Gregory, recuperating from off season knee surgery, is expected to return as the starting quarterback for the third straight year. Gregory had a super season in 1989, passing for 2,496 yards while completing 162 of 306 passes and throwing 18 touchdowns. He also amassed 2,536 yards of total offense. His completions, passing yards and total offensive yards established single season records for JSU. His 306 attempts tied the JSU single season record. His 18 touchdowns ranks second to the 20 Sylvester Collins threw in 1971. Junior Anthony Smith (6'4, 210) and red shirt freshman Ricky Jordan (6'2, 180) make the quarterback spot a solid one for the Tigers. 1 i Barnett, a pre-season All American, is rated as the second best senior receiver in the country, He is 6'2, weighs 205 pounds and runs a 4.540. Last season, he caught 36 passes for 857 yards and a team high nine touchdowns. Jimmy Smith (20 catches, 312 yards, one touchdown), Reggie McGee (6 catches, 52 yards, one touchdown) are all excellent receivers with experience. Percy Clay and Earnest Pate are also good receivers with a great deal of potentials. The Tigers return entire backfield including fullback Jimmy Hall, who led the team Jackson State 1990 Football Schedule Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Nov. 17 Home games in ALL CAPS This Football g TT III UUUIC The Friday Night Game Pack loaded with your favorite Bert's Burgers, Fries and drink. So keep watching The Columbian-Progress for details. Nobody Beats JtftfMlt Prices or Quality 736-7616 1305 Hwy. 13 N. o a a a a a a b H P H H HBHBBBBBBBBP DDDDDDDDDDODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD Ronnies Shell Highway 98 in rushing with 591 yards and four touchdowns last season. Senior Barry Dixon and soph-more James Johnson, who alternated at running back last season, were the team's second and third top rushers. Dixon finished with 445 yards rushing and four touchdowns and Johnson had 400 rushing yards to go with his four touchdowns. But junior Alex Robinson , who led all the backs in scoring with six touchdowns, could be the surprise of the bunch this season. Robinson rushed for 303 yards last season. The strength of the offense DELAWARE STATE 7:00 at Tennessee State 7:00 MILES COLLEGE 7:00 MISSISSIPPI VALLEY 7:00 at Stephen F. Austin 7:00 at Alabama State 7:30 at Southern University 6:30 at Grambling State 1:30 OPEN TEXAS SOUTHERN (Homecoming) 7:00 NORTHWESTERN LA. 7:00 at Alcorn 7:30 Best of Luck To All Jy Area Teams! Go Get Em Cheerleaders A & E VIDEO 262 S. High School Ave. Old Powell's Chicken Location 736-8075 Football Is Finally Here! Season Bert's . dbb b b bbbb afaayt MORR OIL CO could very well be in the team's veteran offensive line. Returning starters Dietrich Lockridge (OG), Reginald Davidson (OT) and Willie David (C) are solid performers with experience. Clemon Parish and Mario Thomas add quality depth to the line. Defensively, replacing linebackers Darion Conner and Jacque Jackson along with the entire secondary is paramount. The defensive line, even though it lacks depth, could be the defense's strongest unit. Eric Elzy, Dar-rell Taylor and Rod Moore all have experience. The return of Chris Gala, who missed last season with an injury, is a big plus. Richard Baker, Marquette Allen and Willie Montgomery will be counted on to help shore up the line. Patrick Busby and Derrick Young, both seniors, and sophomore Charles Ray David head up a young group of linebackers. The secondary will be completely new. Junior Isaac Morehouse appears to be the favorite for one of the corner positions. Demetrius Wells and Carl Tart are excellent candidates for the safety positions. Robert Turner and Chris Naylor are challenging for starting positions in the secondary. The kicking game is in the secure feet of Ike Ayozie and Fred McRae. The Tiger kickers are as good as any in the country. Last season, playing football for the first time in his life, Ayozie hit all 45 of is extra points and nine of 14 field goals. The Nigeria native led the team in scoring with 72 points. He was named to the Sheridan All American team and first All SWAC. McRae, also a Sheridan All American performer, has been the team's starting punter since his freshman year. Last year, he led the SWAC in punting with a 41.8 average. McRae's kicking was the reason JSU led the nation in net punting. As a freshman, he averaged 39 yards per punt and 36.6 as a sophmore. He could become the first JSU punter to play professional football. He was named first team All SWAC last season. The 1989 season was a bitter sweet one for the Jackson State University Tigers. First, the team finished the season with a highly respectful 8-4 overall record and made a fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Division I-AA Playoffs. It was the Tigers eigth trip to the playoffs since its origination in 1978. Individually, the team produced five All Americans, had three players drafted into the NFL and several single season records were established. On the other side of the coin, the Tigers had their four-year Continued on page 9C ufruten,.... n Gipson Shell S. High School Ave. ddqdddddddddddddodddqdddddddddd! i

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