Southern will be taking on the University of Memphis Tigers on the second game of their early season schedule. This is a clash of two exciting offenses which will be led by both teams’ starting QB’s.
The Jaguars look to step full steam ahead with their high powered offense, led by junior QB Ladarius Skelton. After a brilliant season last year, Skelton will be tested early this year as he shows what he can do against foreign, out-of-conference defenses.
Skelton started his first game during week three last season against Prairie View and was impressive in a blowout Jaguar win on the road. Skelton became the team’s permanent starter for the rest of the season, leading to a 5-game winning streak, including a win over Grambling State Tigers at the 2018 Bayou Classic.
Leading Southern through a season that ended a 3-year losing streak in the Bayou Classic, Skelton capped off the 2018 season throwing ten touchdowns and nearly a thousand yards passing.
Throughout the season, Skelton’s biggest threat was presented on the ground, running for more than five hundred yards and scoring eight touchdowns through his stellar field vision and agile feet.
Skelton has proved to be a dual threat QB whose skill set makes him lethal both through the air and on the ground. He has proven to be clutch in key situations, as well as consistent in his week-to-week play as well.
His style compliments the style of play for the Jags offense as they have had previous success with QBs who are able to make plays both using their arm and legs. The strength and elusiveness combined with his ability to make big plays in the passing game makes Skelton a dangerous player to watch for the game. If Southern wants to upset Memphis on the road, they will need their star quarterback to come through for them with above average play.
Memphis, on the other hand is looking forward to a successful season from their returning starting QB from last season, Brady White. They are looking to maintain their status as one of the nation’s highest ranking offenses with a veteran QB to help lead the way. Originally, White was a 4 star recruit from Arizona State, later transferred after a foot injury derailed for season and a half.
Last year, he was able to get a fresh start for the Tigers throwing for 3,286 yards and 26 touchdowns. His greatest strength has been his on-the-field football IQ and how he understands the game from a seasoned quarterback’s experience.
Over the summer, White has also gained 15 pounds in hopes of improving his durability, although he can still be mobile when necessary.
White does most of his damage from the inside the pocket and through the air. Combined with Memphis’ quick and explosive offense, White fits right in as the team’s main guy under center. His decision making and ability to hit the open guy gives Memphis skilled receiving core the opportunity to showcase their talent and make big plays. Coming into his second season as a starter, White plans to give his team the push it needs to maintain offensive dominance.