Could Texas Southern and Andrew Body defeat the offensive and defensive “Goliath” called Jackson State?
Body’s defense against Jackson State could become a modern “David vs. Goliath” game for the young Texas Southern quarterback. Today, the game is 0-0, and when the final horn sounds, TSU hopes to defeat one of the best soccer programs in the country.
Andrew Body may not use a slingshot in Saturday’s clash against JSU, but he has a powerful slingshot for one arm and is scary on the ground.
Coach Clarence McKinney commented on his quarterback to HBCU Legends, “It’s a tough defense when you watch the movie. There are no flaws. As they play very well in all three levels of defence. They can play the man, they can play in the zone and they get after quarterback Andrew is going to have his hands It’s up to us as coaches to make sure he knows the game plan He has the skills to play[against] a team of this caliber. We just have to do a good job of giving him the right plan so he can go out and execute it.”
TSU Tigers fans have taken to social media and radio waves to ask how Texas Southern measures up against an elite opponent in Jackson State.
Here is the tale of the tape
BAND OFFENSIVE TALE
- TSU: No. 5 (SWAC) – 25.9 points; No. 8 (SWAC) – 333.4 yards/game
- JSU: No. 1 (SWAC), No. 9 (FCS) – 478.6 yards/game
BAND DEFENSIVE TALE
- UST: No. 5 (SWAC) – 25.8 points; No. 8 – 396.0 yards/game allowed
- JSU: No. 1 (SWAC) and No. 1 (FCS) – 8.9 points/game and 194.1 yards/game allowed
Texas Southern’s offense has quite a task ahead of it against the nation’s top-ranked defense in the FCS. Yes, not just SWAC. Led by Aubrey Miller Jr., Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig, Nyle Gaddy and John Huggins, JSU’s defensive unit puzzled the HBCU and FCS offenses. Recently, they kicked a shutout at home against Southern and held Campbell to 14 points. The team is giving up 8.9 points per game and just 194.1 yards per game.
For Texas Southern offensive coordinator David Marsh to succeed against Jackson State’s stingy defense, they’ll need to play a near-perfect game. The offense is centered on second-year quarterback Andrew Body who could burn defense in the air and with his legs.
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TSU must limit the number of touches and the time of possession Shedeur Sanders playing from distance with a productive rushing attack to have a chance of upsetting. Running backs LaDarius Owens (556 yards) and Jacorey Howard (379 yards) are averaging over 5 yards per carry. As a team, TSU rushes for 164.7 yards per game and has scored 14 rushing touchdowns this season.
Andrew Body threw for 1,286 yards, eight passing touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing 91 times for 451 yards and four touchdowns. Marsh needs to use Body’s dual threat abilities. The only issue against Jackson State might be how the offensive line gives the signalman time in the passing phase and opens up holes on a tough defensive front. The RPO can find trouble like it did against Alabama State, against tough, offensive defensive linemen. Off-schedule plays and screen passes were somewhat productive against Jackson State.
On defense, the TSU front-seven “Big Nasties” will have to find that getting to Shedeur Sanders won’t be easy. Senior Demontario Anderson leads the group along with Michael Atkins, Jacob Williams, Tarik Cooper, Isaiah Bogerty and Tyler Martinez, who have hampered Southern State and Alcorn offenses in SWAC West’s major upsets this season.
“We’re going as a staff to put a game plan in place, and our guys are really good at trying to execute the game plan that we put in place…on D-Line we’re doing a big effort, and we expect to see the same effort next weekend,” Coach McKinney told HBCU Legends.
If the “Big Nasties” allow Sanders to get into a groove, it’s going to be a long night in Houston for Texas Southern. But a game plan means nothing if it can’t affect it and push it out of its place in the pocket. An uncomfortable Sanders could also prove deadly. This season, it becomes more mobile. Last week he delivered daggers to Southern and scored twice on the ground from 42 and 12 yards.
The defensive secondary will have its hands full with a plethora of talented wide receivers in Dallas Daniels, Shane Hooks, Kevin Coleman and Willie “Big Play” Gaines. The mission of Isaiah Hamilton (3 INT), Charles George Jr (2 INT), Cedrick Williams (2 INT), Derrick Tucker (2 INT) and Raheme Fuller is to “bend but don’t break”.
On paper, the special teams units are slightly even. Texas Southern kicked off the season at home against Prairie View, but was called up for a holding away penalty for the ball. Chaunzavia Lewis has the potential to break up long punt and kickoff returns. If it were to come down to an extra run or field goal attempt for the win, kicker Richard Garcia III opened the season, but Curtis Falkenburg took over kicking duties for the Tigers. Falkenburg is 3 of 5 on field goal attempts and 4 of 5 on extra point attempts. It also handles punts and kickoff assignments.
But a team wins and loses most of the time because of quarterback performance and turnovers to give extra offensive possessions.
Body, the second-year quarterback for Corpus Christi, will have to put on the feet and play an effective, near-perfect contest against Heisman Trophy hopeful QB Shedeur Sanders.
He is the leader of the TSU Tigers. Can Body defeat the Goliath of HBCU Soccer?
We will see.