2011 South Alabama Jaguars football
ConferenceIndependent
2011 record6–4
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorGreg Gregory (4th year)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorBill Clark (3rd season)
Base defenseMultiple 3–4
Home stadiumLadd–Peebles Stadium
(Capacity: 40,000)
Seasons
← 2010
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2011 NCAA Division I FCS independents football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
South Alabama           6 4  
Texas State           6 6  
UTSA           4 6  
Georgia State           3 8  

The 2011 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2011 NCAA Division I FCS football season. This was the third season in program's history. They were led by head coach Joey Jones and played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium. This was their third and final season as an FCS independent before joining the Sun Belt Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012; it would also be their first season in which all of their opponents were other Division I teams (they had played mostly lower division teams in 2010 and prep schools and junior colleges during their inaugural season in 2009). They finished the season 6–4.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 p.m.West AlabamaWJTC/ESPN3W 20–1021,158[1]
September 104:00 p.m.Lamar
  • Ladd–Peebles Stadium
  • Mobile, AL (Hall of Fame Game)
W 30–818,136[2]
September 175:00 p.m.at NC StateESPN3L 13–3556,756[3]
September 242:30 p.m.at Kent StateL 25–3313,352[4]
October 84:30 p.m.at UTSALonghorn NetworkW 30–27 2OT32,886[5]
October 152:30 p.m.UT Martindagger
  • Ladd–Peebles Stadium
  • Mobile, AL
CSS/WJTC/ESPN3W 33–3024,582[6]
October 222:00 p.m.at Georgia StateL 20–27 OT14,086[7]
October 294:00 p.m.Henderson State
  • Ladd–Peebles Stadium
  • Mobile, AL
W 28–314,692[8]
November 36:30 p.m.Mississippi Valley State
  • Ladd–Peebles Stadium
  • Mobile, AL
W 35–313,807[9]
November 194:00 p.m.Cal Poly
  • Ladd–Peebles Stadium
  • Mobile, AL
WJTC/ESPN3L 10–4118,279
Schedule source[10]

Game summaries

West Alabama

See also: West Alabama Tigers

1 234Total
West Alabama Tigers 7 003 10
South Alabama Jaguars 7 067 20
  • Location: Mobile, Alabama
  • Game start: 6:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:50
  • Game attendance: 21,158
  • Game weather: Overcast
  • Referee: Jeff Hilyer
  • Television network: WJTC/ESPN3

The Jaguars opened the 2011 season at home against the West Alabama Tigers of the Gulf South Conference. The meeting was the first all-time against the Tigers. This was South Alabama's first televised game on local station WJTC and ESPN3.

South Alabama defeated West Alabama 21-10 on Thursday night in the season opener for both teams, improving to 18-0 since starting its football program in 2009. Before the game, starting running backs Kendall Houston and Demetre Baker, as well as wide receiver Corey Besteda and freshman linebacker Desmond LaVelle, were suspended for the first 2 quarters of the game for violating team rules.

Kendall Houston scored two touchdowns on runs of 2 and 10 yards in the second half for the Jaguars, who broke a 7-7 halftime tie. The Jaguars rushed for 205 yards but quarterback C.J. Bennett threw three interceptions. Gary Johnston led the Tigers with 72 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted twice and sacked twice. Trailing 13-7, West Alabama cut the lead to 13-10 on a 22-yard field goal by Ryne Smith with 10:58 remaining. Houston’s second touchdown with 8:13 left put the game out of reach.[11]

Lamar

See also: 2011 Lamar Cardinals football team

Hall of Fame Game
1 234Total
Lamar Cardinals 0 026 8
South Alabama Jaguars 0 2073 30
  • Location: Mobile, Alabama
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 18,136
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Tony Backert

C.J. Bennett threw two touchdown passes as South Alabama defeated Lamar 30-8. Lamar was held to three first downs and 64 yards on offense in the first half as South Alabama scored three times in the second quarter for a 20-0 halftime lead. Bennett passed 10 yards to Corey Waldon in the second quarter and 10 yards to Jereme Jones in the third as the Jaguars built a 27-2 lead. Bennett completed 9 of 14 passes for 144 yards. The Jaguars have beaten Lamar by a combined score of 56-8 in their past two meetings.[12]

NC State

See also: 2011 NC State Wolfpack football team

1 234Total
South Alabama Jaguars 3 073 13
North Carolina State Wolfpack 7 7147 35
  • Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:55
  • Game attendance: 56,756
  • Game weather: Light Drizzle
  • Referee: David Epperly
  • Television network: ESPN3

South suffered its first loss in program history when the Jaguars fell 35-13 to NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina. South Alabama kept things competitive into the third quarter of its 35-13 loss to North Carolina State before allowing the Wolfpack’s Mike Glennon to throw a career-high four touchdown passes. Demetre Baker had an 8-yard scoring run and Jordan Means kicked two field goals, including a school-record 46-yarder, for the Jaguars. C.J. Bennett finished 17 of 32 for 182 yards with two interceptions and Kendall Houston rushed for 117 yards.

Kent State

See also: 2011 Kent State Golden Flashes football team

1 234Total
South Alabama Jaguars 0 0178 25
Kent State Golden Flashes 7 1970 33
  • Location: Kent, Ohio
  • Game start: 2:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 13,352
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Anthony Cannell

South Alabama suffered its second loss in the season and second loss in program history, falling short of Kent State 33-25. The Golden Flashes led the Jaguars 26-0 going into halftime. In the second half, after a quick score by Kent State to go up 33-0, South Alabama's offense clicked on and scored 25 unanswered points. The Jaguars had the ball with less than a minute left in the game but came up short. The game finished with a score of 33-25. C.J. Bennett ended the game with 281 yards in the air with 1 TD pass and 3 interceptions. Bryant Lavender was Bennett's favorite target, catching 5 passes for a total of 97 yards. Demetre Baker had 10 rushes for 28 yards and 2 TDs. Kendall Houston ended the game with a miserly 23 yards on 11 rushes.[13]

UTSA

See also: 2011 UTSA Roadrunners football team

1 234OT2OTTotal
South Alabama Jaguars 7 37076 30
UTSA Roadrunners 0 170073 27
  • Location: San Antonio, Texas
  • Game start: 4:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 32,886
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Bill Athan
  • Television network: Longhorn Network

Demetre Baker ran for 87 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner in double overtime, to lift South Alabama to a 30-27 victory over Texas-San Antonio in South's first overtime game. Kendall Houston finished with 72 yards rushing and a touchdown for the Jaguars. C.J. Bennett finished 11 of 17 passing, throwing for one touchdown score.

UT-Martin

See also: 2011 UT Martin Skyhawks football team

Homecoming
1 234Total
UT-Martin Skyhawks 7 0617 30
South Alabama Jaguars 6 10170 33
  • Location: Mobile, Alabama
  • Game start: 2:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:34
  • Game attendance: 24,582
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Kevin Stine
  • Television network: CSS/WJTC/ESPN3

Georgia State

See also: 2011 Georgia State Panthers football team

1 234OTTotal
South Alabama Jaguars 0 7670 20
Georgia State Panthers 7 7337 27
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:17
  • Game attendance: 14,086
  • Game weather: Indoor
  • Referee: Dennis Donovan

Henderson State

See also: Henderson State University

1 234Total
Henderson State Reddies 0 030 3
South Alabama Jaguars 16 1200 28
  • Location: Mobile, Alabama
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:04
  • Game attendance: 14,692
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Jason McArthur

Mississippi Valley State

See also: 2011 Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils football team

1 234Total
Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils 0 030 3
South Alabama Jaguars 14 7140 35
  • Location: Mobile, Alabama
  • Game start: 6:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:52
  • Game attendance: 13,807
  • Game weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe

Cal Poly

See also: 2011 Cal Poly Mustangs football team

1 234Total
Cal Poly Mustangs 7 10177 41
South Alabama Jaguars 3 007 10
  • Location: Mobile, Alabama
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 18,279
  • Game weather: Mostly Cloudy
  • Referee: Chuck Lewis
  • Television network: WJTC / ESPN3

Roster

2011 South Alabama Jaguars football roster
Quarterbacks
  •  2 Myles Gibbon
  •  4 Logan Rogers
  • 14 Kolt Peavey
  • 15 C.J. Bennett
  • 16 Trey Fetner

Running Backs

  • 13 Ellis Hill
  • 21 J.J. Keels
  • 22 Ryan Scott
  • 27 Devin Robinson
  • 29 Kendall Houston
  • 33 Demetre Baker
  • 34 Santuan McGee
  • 46 Brandon Ross
  • 48 Julien Valentin

Wide Receivers

  •  3 Jared Palmer
  •  7 Lamontis Garder
  •  8 Bryant Lavender
  •  9 Corey Besteda
  • 10 Greg Hollinger
  • 11 Jeremé Jones
  • 20 Nathan Sassaman
  • 23 Tyrome Bivins
  • 24 T.J. Glover
  • 25 Michael Nevels
  • 26 Donte Rome
  • 35 Anthony Ingram
  • 80 Taylor Noon
  • 81 Corey Waldon
  • 83 Jared Palmer
  • 86 Jake Howton
  • 88 Ben Whiteside

Tight Ends

  •  5 Paul Bennett
  •  6 Kennedy Helms
  • 12 Kevin Helms
  • 41 Robert Terrell
  • 44 Ryan Onkka
  • 47 Rush Hendricks
  • 49 Corey McCarron
  • 84 Ryne Baxter
  • 85 Robby Stoner
Offensive Linemen
  • 51 Chris Brunson
  • 54 Jon Griffin
  • 55 Chris May
  • 57 Tremain Smith
  • 60 Ryan Capers
  • 63 DaMon Husband
  • 64 Ryan Norris
  • 66 Josh Terry
  • 68 Shane Doty
  • 69 Brian Krauskopf
  • 70 Trey Clark
  • 72 Drew Dearman
  • 73 Shaun Artz
  • 76 Ucambre Williams
  • 77 Melvin Meggs
  • 78 Kenneth Johnson
  • 79 Taylor Malone

Defensive Linemen

  • 12 Ceasare Johnson
  • 43 Anthony Taylor
  • 45 Justin Walker
  • 55 Ashton Rivers
  • 67 Jesse Kelley
  • 77 Trevor Barry
  • 82 Alex Page
  • 86 Will Thompson
  • 87 Caleb Cochran
  • 90 Romelle Jones
  • 92 Montavious Williams
  • 93 Randon Carnathan
  • 95 Rodney Thomas
  • 98 Andy Dalgleish
Linebackers
  • 19 Cori Barnett
  • 25 Clifton Crews
  • 26 Desmond Jones
  • 28 Enrique Williams
  • 30 Cordivido Grice
  • 33 Maleki Harris
  • 35 David Hawkins
  • 36 Logan Bennett
  • 38 Bryson James
  • 39 Dylan Hutto
  • 42 Jake Johnson
  • 50 Ben Giles
  • 53 Blake Houston
  • 56 Desmond LaVelle
  • 57 Ramon Lewis
  • 58 Philip Press
  • 59 Andrew Philon
  • 99 Byron Sneed

Defensive Backs

  •  1 B.J. Scott (S)
  •  2 Jeremy Roberts (CB)
  •  3 Ameriol Finley (S)
  •  4 Damond Smith (CB)
  •  6 Gabe Loper (S)
  •  7 E.J. May (CB)
  •  8 T.J. Lawrence (CB)
  •  9 Ken Barefield (S)
  • 10 Carl Williams (S)
  • 11 Davin Hawkins (S)
  • 14 Anton Graphenreed (CB)
  • 15 Josh Gregory (S)
  • 16 Coleman Hornaday (S)
  • 17 Alonzo Long (S)
  • 21 Charles Harris (S)
  • 22 Qudarius Ford (CB)
  • 23 Dionté McDuffy (S)
  • 24 Rodger Sims (S)
  • 27 Eddy Cabrera (S)
  • 29 Jaylond Franklin (CB)
  • 37 Travis Brooks (CB)
  • 97 Marquel Gardner (S)

Special Teams

  • 19 Jordan Means(K)
  • 39 Michael Chapseaux (K)
  • 40 Scott Garber (P)
  • 42 Joey Hamilton (LS)
  • 61 Austin Cole (LS)
  • 71 Nick Bear (LS)
  • 97 Lawson McGlon (K)
Head Coach

Assistant Coaches

  • Greg Gregory - Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
  • Bill Clark - Defensive Coordinator
  • Brian Turner - Defensive Line / Recruiting Coordinator
  • Tommy Perry - Running Backs / Special Teams Coordinator
  • Brian Vincent - Tight Ends / Assistant Special Teams
  • Ron Antoine - Wide Receivers Coach
  • Kurt Crain - Linebackers
  • Chuck Dunn - Outside Linebackers
  • John Turner - Offensive Line
  • Duwan Walker - Defenseive Backs
  • Justin Schwind - Strength & Conditioning Coach

Season notes

References