By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Rick Comegy isn’t too concerned with duplicating the offensive numbers of last season, when his Jackson State squad led Division I-AA in total offense at 490.9 yards per game.
When the Tigers take the field Saturday to open the season at Mississippi State, what Comegy hopes to trot out is a more balanced attack.
JSU has replaced quarterback Casey Therriault, the 2011 SWAC Offensive Player of the Year, with senior Dedric McDonald. There is also a new offensive coordinator, Derrick McCall, and a lot of running backs Comegy would like to utilize better than JSU did last year.
“We can’t just let people sit back and come up with ideas on how to get to the quarterback and rush him real hard like they did last year,” Comegy said. “When they started getting to Therriault, we still tried to do some things where we had an opportunity to hurt them elsewhere.
“If those numbers don’t happen, I’m really not into matching those numbers, I’m just into trying to get W’s the best way we can.”
McDonald doesn’t have much experience, but Comegy said he has a firm hold on the job after a strong preseason camp. He’s not going to keep McDonald on a short leash, either.
But, Comegy said he does have certain packages for junior Clayton Moore, a former Ole Miss QB.
“If McDonald is hot and McDonald’s doing the job, I don’t want to play with it,” Comegy said.
One of McDonald’s targets is a recent arrival: receiver Tobias Singleton, who transferred from Ole Miss earlier this month. He saw limited duty on offense for the Rebels last year but averaged 24.6 yards on 21 kickoff returns.
Comegy said he plans for Singleton to get on the field as both a receiver and returner
When asked about Singleton, MSU cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith said, “Wow. That’s all I think: Wow. That’s good for them. Not good for us.”
Singleton’s presence might not be enough to vault Jackson State – which went 9-2 a year ago – to an upset of MSU. But Comegy isn’t conceding anything.
“The football is shaped funny, and it rolls funny and it bounces funny. Any day you come out right, you come out rightly prepared to play and just play and have fun, anything can happen in this game of football.”