In their second full year of FBS Division one football The South Alabama Jaguars finished with a record of 6-6. This was dramatic improvement over 2012’s 2-11 season. Even though South Alabama finished with a bowl eligible record, they were left out of the cold for other big name teams. The 2013 season has shown The Jaguar players, coaches, and fans that they can win The Sun Belt Conference in the future. But before we talk about next year lets recap the 2013 season. The BIG thing the Jaguars need to do is learn how to finish off their opponents. Five of their losses this year was by one possession, and three losses were by one point.
High Point: Finishing bowl eligible in only their second season.
Low Point: Being left out in the cold, and not making a bowl game.
MVP: Shavarez Smith WR 940 reception yards and 6 Touchdowns
Offensive MVP: Shavarez Smith QB 2622 Passing Yards and 15 Touchdowns
Defensive MVP: Enrqe Williams LB 105 Total Tackles and 2 Forced Fumbles
Best Game: Tennessee 31 South Alabama 24
Yes I know the Jaguars lost the game but they were on a big time stage at Neyland Stadium and caused SEC’s Tennessee to grind it out. South Alabama was losing 24-7 at the half but showed a lot of heart and came back in the 4th quarter. The Jaguars had a chance to tie the game, but was intercepted at the goal line with under two minutes to go.
Worst Game: Southern Utah 22 South Alabama 21
All of the preseason excitement was done away with after The Southern Utah Thunderbirds left Mobile, Alabama. If there was one for sure win on the schedule this game was the one. The worse part about it was that Southern Utah finished the season as a mediocre Big Sky team. If The Jaguars could have won this game, it could have MAYBE helped their bowl chances. Also hiring their new coach within the program will keep the chemistry in check.
Season Rating: 5/10 Even though it was a milestone season, it still did not earn a passing grade according to us. There is a bright future for The Jaguars as they compete in The New Sun Belt Conference, with new additions. If this young team could learn how to finish games there will be plenty of bowl games, and conference championships in the future.