2020 South Alabama Jaguars football
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
DivisionWest Division
2020 record4–7 (3–5 Sun Belt)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorKenny Edenfield (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorGreg Stewart (3rd season)
Home stadiumHancock Whitney Stadium
Seasons
← 2019
2021 →
2020 Sun Belt Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 14 Coastal Carolina xy+   8 0         11 1  
Appalachian State   6 2         9 3  
Georgia Southern   4 4         8 5  
Georgia State   4 4         6 4  
Troy   3 4         5 6  
West Division
No. 15 Louisiana xy+   7 1         10 1  
South Alabama   3 5         4 7  
Arkansas State   2 6         4 7  
Texas State   2 6         2 10  
Louisiana–Monroe   0 7         0 10  
Championship: Louisiana at Coastal Carolina (Canceled)
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2020 South Alabama Jaguars football team represented the University of South Alabama in the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Jaguars played their home games at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, and competed in the West Division of the Sun Belt Conference. They were led by third-year head coach Steve Campbell.

This was the team's first season at Hancock Whitney Stadium, after competing for 10 years at Ladd–Peebles Stadium. After the team completed their season with a 4–7 record (3–5 in conference play), Campbell was fired on December 6, 2020.

Schedule

South Alabama had games scheduled against Florida and Grambling State, but were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2]

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 38:00 p.m.at Southern Miss*CBSSNW 32–217,500
September 126:30 p.m.Tulane*ESPN2L 24–276,000
September 246:30 p.m.UAB*
  • Hancock Whitney Stadium
  • Mobile, AL
ESPNL 10–425,766
October 1711:00 a.m.Texas Statedagger
  • Hancock Whitney Stadium
  • Mobile, AL
ESPNUW 30–205,142
October 246:00 p.m.Louisiana–Monroe
  • Hancock Whitney Stadium
  • Mobile, AL
ESPN+W 38–145,186
October 296:30 p.m.at Georgia SouthernESPNL 17–243,457
November 77:00 p.m.at No. 15 Coastal CarolinaESPNUL 6–235,000
November 141:00 p.m.at No. 25 LouisianaESPN+L 10–385,585
November 213:00 p.m.Georgia State
  • Hancock Whitney Stadium
  • Mobile, AL
ESPNUL 14–315,224
November 282:00 p.m.at Arkansas StateESPN3W 38–314,013
December 51:00 p.m.Troy
  • Hancock Whitney Stadium
  • Mobile, AL (rivalry)
ESPN3L 0–295,375

[3][4]

Game summaries

at Southern Miss

South Alabama at Southern Mississippi
1 234Total
Jaguars 13 0106 29
Golden Eagles 0 1038 21
      

See also: 2020 Southern Miss Golden Eagles football team

Pregame line Over/under
USM −12.5 55
Statistics South Alabama Southern Miss
First downs 23 20
Total yards 529 409
Rushing yards 166 95
Passing yards 363 314
Turnovers 2 0
Time of possession 29:08 30:52
Team Category Player Statistics
South Alabama Passing Desmond Trotter 16/27, 299 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing Carlos Davis 15 carries, 85 yards
Receiving Jalen Tolbert 6 yards, 169 yards, 2 TD
Southern Miss Passing Jack Abraham 22/32, 314 yards
Rushing Frank Gore, Jr. 12 carries, 32 yards
Receiving Tim Jones 6 receptions, 139 yards

Tulane

Tulane at South Alabama
1 234Total
Green Wave 0 6714 27
Jaguars 0 14100 24
  • Date: September 12, 2020
  • Location: Hancock Whitney Stadium
    Mobile, AL
  • Game start: 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 36 minutes
  • Game attendance: 6,000
  • Game weather: 85 °F (29 °C) • Weather: Parly Cloudy• Wind: 0 MPH
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • Television network: ESPN2
     

See also: 2020 Tulane Green Wave football team

Pregame line Over/under
TUL −8 52.5[5]
Statistics Tulane South Alabama
First downs 22 20
Total yards 394 401
Rushing yards 204 78
Passing yards 190 323
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 26:02 33:58
Team Category Player Statistics
Tulane Passing Keon Howard 14/30, 190 yards
Rushing Tyjae Spears 11 carries, 106 yards
Receiving Jha'Quan Jackson 3 receptions, 44 yards
South Alabama Passing Chase Lovertich 18/30, 249 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing Carlos Davis 17 carries, 89 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Kawaan Baker 7 receptions, 129 yards, 1 TD

UAB

Alabama–Birmingham at South Alabama
1 234Total
Blazers 14 14014 42
Jaguars 0 1000 10
     

See also: 2020 UAB Blazers football team

Pregame line Over/under
UAB −6.5 47.5[6]
Statistics UAB South Alabama
First downs 22 18
Total yards 509 315
Rushing yards 190 147
Passing yards 319 168
Turnovers 1 2
Time of possession 35:00 25:00
Team Category Player Statistics
UAB Passing Bryson Lucero 18/28, 319 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing Spencer Brown 20 carries, 105 yards, 3 TDs
Receiving Austin Watkins 7 receptions, 183 yards, 1 TD
South Alabama Passing Chance Lovertich 14/29, 168 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Carlos Davis 17 carries, 105 yards
Receiving Jalen Tolbert 3 receptions, 59 yards, 1 TD

Texas State

Texas State at South Alabama
1 234Total
Bobcats 7 373 20
Jaguars 3 14013 30
      

See also: 2020 Texas State Bobcats football team

Pregame line Over/under
USA −5 57.5[7]
Statistics Texas State South Alabama
First downs 22 24
Total yards 348 385
Rushing yards 88 132
Passing yards 260 253
Turnovers 0 0
Time of possession 25:52 34:08
Team Category Player Statistics
Texas State Passing Brady McBride 28/40, 260 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Jahmyl Jeter 5 carries, 31 yards
Receiving Jah'Marae Sheread 4 receptions, 72 yards
South Alabama Passing Desmond Trotter 18/22, 187 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Carlos Davis 32 yards, 113 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jalen Tolbert 9 receptions, 91 yards, 1 TD

Louisiana–Monroe

Louisiana–Monroe at South Alabama
1 234Total
Warhawks 0 608 14
Jaguars 17 0147 38
  • Date: October 24, 2020
  • Location: Hancock Whitney Stadium
    Mobile, AL
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m. CDT
  • Elapsed time: 2 hours and 58 minutes
  • Game attendance: 5,186
  • Game weather: 77 °F (25 °C) • Weather: Partly Cloudy• Wind: None
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler
  • TV announcers (ESPN+): JD Byars (play–by–play) and Pat Greenwood (analyst)
    

See also: 2020 Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks football team

Pregame line Over/under
USA −14.5 57[8]
Statistics Louisiana–Monroe South Alabama
First downs 20 20
Total yards 380 415
Rushing yards 98 169
Passing yards 286 246
Turnovers 2 1
Time of possession 28:29 31:31
Team Category Player Statistics
Louisiana–Monroe Passing Colby Suits 23/34, 286 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Josh Johnson 15 carries, 49 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jahquan Bloomfield 3 receptions, 69 yards
South Alabama Passing Desmond Trotter 8/12, 184 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing Carlos Davis 17 carries, 58 yards
Receiving Kawaan Baker 6 receptions, 154 yards, 3 TDs

at Georgia Southern

South Alabama at Georgia Southern
1 234Total
Jaguars 3 770 17
Eagles 0 10014 24
  • Date: October 29, 2020
  • Location: Paulson Stadium
    Statesboro, GA
  • Game start: 7:32 p.m. EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 13 minutes
  • Game attendance: 3,457
  • Referee: Kyle Olsen
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Matt Barrie (play–by–play), Mike Golic Jr. (analyst), and Lericia Harris (sideline reporter)
   

See also: 2020 Georgia Southern Eagles football team

Pregame line Over/under
GASO −3.5 52[9]
Statistics South Alabama Georgia Southern
First downs 16 15
Total yards 264 345
Rushing yards 64 250
Passing yards 200 95
Turnovers 1 1
Time of possession 28:19 31:41
Team Category Player Statistics
South Alabama Passing Desmond Trotter 20/27, 200 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing Carlos Davis 20 carries, 70 yards
Receiving Kawaan Baker 5 receptions, 65 yards
Georgia Southern Passing Shai Werts 5/9, 95 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Wesley Kennedy III 13 carries, 91 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving Malik Murray 1 reception, 38 yards

at Coastal Carolina

South Alabama at Coastal Carolina
1 234Total
Jaguars 3 300 6
No. 15 Chanticleers 14 306 23
  • Date: November 7, 2020
  • Location: Brooks Stadium
    Conway, SC
  • Game start: 8:02 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours, 6 minutes
  • Game attendance: 5,000
  • Game weather: 69 °F (21 °C) • Weather: Clear • Wind: NE, 5 MPH
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Courtney Lyle (play–by–play) and Rene Ingoglia (analyst)
    

See also: 2020 Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football team

Pregame line Over/under
CCU −17 57.5[10]
Statistics South Alabama Coastal Carolina
First downs 16 18
Total yards 336 445
Rushing yards 93 236
Passing yards 243 209
Turnovers 2 2
Time of possession 30:15 29:45
Team Category Player Statistics
South Alabama Passing Desmond Trotter 23/31, 243 yards
Rushing Carlos Davis 17 carries, 73 yards
Receiving Jalen Wayne 5 receptions, 91 yards
Coastal Carolina Passing Grayson McCall 17/24, 209 yards, 1 TD
Rushing Reese White 9 carries, 81 yards
Receiving Jaivon Heiligh 5 receptions, 95 yards

at Louisiana

South Alabama at Louisiana
1 234Total
Jaguars 3 700 10
No. 25 Ragin' Cajuns 14 1437 38
  • Date: November 14, 2020
  • Location: Cajun Field
    Lafayette, LA
  • Game start: 1:06 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 9 minutes
  • Game attendance: 5,585
  • Game weather: 79 °F (26 °C) • Weather: Mostly Cloudy • Wind: S 10 MPH
  • Referee: Jeremy Parker
  • TV announcers (ESPN+): Dan McDonald (play–by–play) and Chris Lanaux (analyst)
    

See also: 2020 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team

Pregame line Over/under
LA −14.5 53[11]
Statistics South Alabama Louisiana
First downs 19 23
Total yards 268 506
Rushing yards 123 254
Passing yards 145 252
Turnovers 2 2
Time of possession 31:47 28:13
Team Category Player Statistics
South Alabama Passing Desmond Trotter 15/28, 133 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing Terrion Avery 14 carries, 62 yards
Receiving Jalen Tolbert 5 receptions, 64 yards
Louisiana Passing Levi Lewis 21/31, 252 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT
Rushing Chris Smith 7 carries, 99 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Neal Johnson 3 receptions, 40 yards

Georgia State

Georgia State at South Alabama
1 234Total
Panthers 0 71410 31
Jaguars 7 070 14
  • Date: November 21, 2020
  • Location: Hancock Whitney Stadium
    Mobile, AL
  • Game start: 2:30 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 3 hours and 25 minutes
  • Game attendance: 5,224
  • Game weather: 76 °F (24 °C) • Weather: Mostly Cloudy • Wind: ESE 7 MPH
  • Referee: Kyle Olson
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Mike Couzens (play–by–play) and Rocky Boiman (analyst)
   

See also: 2020 Georgia State Panthers football team

Pregame line Over/under
GSU –3.5 58.5[12]
Statistics Georgia State South Alabama
First downs 19 19
Total yards 556 324
Rushing yards 222 113
Passing yards 334 211
Turnovers 4 1
Time of possession 29:16 30:44
Team Category Player Statistics
Georgia State Passing Cornelious Brown IV 19/28, 334 yards, 3 INTs
Rushing Tucker Gregg 18 carries, 79 yards, 3 TDs
Receiving Sam Pickney 5 receptions, 176 yards
South Alabama Passing Desmond Trotter 25/43, 211 yards
Rushing Jared Wilson 7 carries, 49 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Jalen Tolbert 5 receptions, 75 yards

at Arkansas State

South Alabama at Arkansas State
1 234Total
Jaguars 7 71410 38
Red Wolves 7 1077 31
       

See also: 2020 Arkansas State Red Wolves football team

Pregame line Over/under
ARST –7.5 63.5[13]
Statistics South Alabama Arkansas State
First downs 25 25
Total yards 486 494
Rushing yards 99 170
Passing yards 387 324
Turnovers 1 0
Time of possession 31:03 28:57
Team Category Player Statistics
South Alabama Passing Desmond Trotter 16/22, 242 yards, 2 TDs
Rushing Carlos Davis 12 carries, 31 yards
Receiving Jalen Tolbert 10 receptions, 252 yards, 3 TDs
Arkansas State Passing Logan Bonner 11/16, 183 yards, 4 TDs
Rushing Jamal Jones 19 carries, 93 yards
Receiving Jonathan Adams Jr. 9 receptions, 138 yards, 2 TDs

Troy

Troy at South Alabama
1 234Total
Trojans 3 2402 29
Jaguars 0 000 0
  • Date: December 5, 2020
  • Location: Hancock Whitney Stadium
    Mobile, AL
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CST
  • Elapsed time: 2 hours and 52 minutes
  • Game attendance: 5,375
  • Game weather: 58 °F (14 °C) • Weather: Sunny • Wind: NNE 6 MPH
  • Referee: Marshall Lewis
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): J. D. Byars (play–by–play) and Pat Greenwood (analyst)
   

See also: 2020 Troy Trojans football team and South Alabama–Troy football rivalry

Pregame line Over/under
TROY –4 54[14]
Statistics Troy South Alabama
First downs 25 17
Total yards 414 239
Rushing yards 117 57
Passing yards 297 182
Turnovers 1 2
Time of possession 31:47 28:13
Team Category Player Statistics
Troy Passing Gunnar Watson 34/41, 297 yards, 3 TDs
Rushing Kimani Vidal 22 carries, 76 yards
Receiving Tray Eafford 4 receptions, 67 yards, 1 TD
South Alabama Passing Desmond Trotter 15/28, 144 yards, 1 INT
Rushing Caullin Lacy 4 carries, 38 yards
Receiving Jalen Tolbert 5 receptions, 92 yards

References

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  2. ^ Talty, John. "SEC moves to conference-only 2020 schedule, pushes back start of season". AL.com. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
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