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September 18, 2014

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No place like home: 10 memorable Jacksonville State home wins

Saturday’s home game against the University of West Alabama will mark the 67th season the Jacksonville State Gamecocks have played inside JSU Stadium.

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Wednesday 09/17/2014
Mark Edwards' predictions: As usual, expect AU, UA and JSU to win
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Auburn plays the biggest game of the week locally when the Tigers face Kansas State on the road tonight.

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JSU football: Jenkins ready for Gamecocks' offense to explode
Updated: September 17, 2014 - 8:07 pm

The casual observer — and the well-compensated analyst in the network blazer every Saturday — generally believes that football game plans are evolving throughout the game. Certainly, at halftime, the coaches rip out page after page of their best-laid plans to make those hallowed “adjustments.”

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Tuesday 09/16/2014
JSU football: College football a family tradition for Gamecocks' Spencer Goffigan
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 11:18 pm

Spencer Goffigan knows what it takes to play college football. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound tight end for the Jacksonville State Gamecocks comes by it naturally.

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JSU football: Pendleton takes his talents to Gamecocks' defensive line
Updated: September 16, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Terrence Pendleton came to Jacksonville State in 2010 out of Tanner High School as a 275-pound offensive lineman. After sitting out a year, he was asked to move to the defensive front.

In 2012, the coaching staff asked him to go back to blocking instead of tackling. Last season, he stayed on the offensive front with four starts in his 11 appearances.

This year? You guessed it: It’s back to the other side.

“Most of the time,” the now 6-foot-3, 328-pound senior said, “I would find out in January what I am playing that season. I’d go through spring and summer workouts at that position. I’ve never had to change in the middle of a season.

“I think I’m more of a defensive lineman, but whatever they ask me to play, I just play on that side.” 

Pendleton’s unselfishness hasn’t gone unnoticed.

"He is a team guy and does anything we ask of him to do for our football team,” said head coach John Grass.

Added Pendleton: “I feel like I’m more of a defensive guy, but honestly, I play whatever gets me on the field more. If it’s offense, I’d be on offense. Right now, we’re a little more limited on defensive tackles.”

Pendleton is getting his playing time at nose tackle, so far in No. 8 JSU’s 1-1 start, backing up All-Ohio Valley Conference pick Caleb Lawrence.

“You have to be pretty strong to play (nose tackle),” he said, “but it’s not always attack, attack, attack. You’ve got to shoot your hands at whichever lineman you’re lined up over and react to what he does. It’s more of attack with strong hands, then react to type block of lineman is giving you.

“I think we’ve probably got one of the best D-lines in the country. It’s not just because of all the (SEC) transfers (LaMichael Fanning, Allan Carson and Greg Clark have joined 2013 transfer Chris Landrum), but when we come in to practice with it’s a workday mentality. The way we work in practice transfers to the game on Saturday. We take it from the film sessions to practice to the game. That shows how well our coaches have prepared us.” 

The Gamecocks are playing Division II West Alabama on Saturday, with a 3 p.m. kickoff at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium. The Tigers are 2-0 under new coach Brett Gilliland, ranked No. 17 in the latest American Football Coaches Association poll and are rolling up 433.5 total yards a game. 

“I take them just like any other game,” Pendleton said. “I don’t take them any lighter than if they were conference game or even Michigan State. We have to use the same mentality and be the same smothering, ball-hawking defense we can be.

“They’ve got a good quarterback and two good running backs. We can’t think that just because they are D2 and a small school that they can’t play. They will suit up and play ball, too.”

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Sunday 09/14/2014
Joe Medley: For Auburn, JSU and even Alabama, this weekend was about looking ahead
Updated: September 14, 2014 - 7:25 pm

Let’s face it. The minds of Alabama, Auburn and Jacksonville State fans were elsewhere this past weekend. Same for Alabama’s players.

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Thursday 09/11/2014
JSU football: Nose tackle Caleb Lawrence takes Internet celebrity in stride
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 8:27 pm

Caleb Lawrence is a big man on campus at Jacksonville State University — a really big man — and he has been ever since he set foot in Calhoun County.

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Wednesday 09/10/2014
JSU football: New starter Dunn aims to live up to tough Gamecock offensive line standards
Updated: September 10, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Ask any of this season’s Jacksonville State Gamecocks who were part of last year’s team what’s driving them this season and they all agree: It’s the 2013 run to the FCS playoff quarterfinals.

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Tuesday 09/09/2014
JSU football: Grass cherishes his first collegiate head coaching win
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 8:29 pm

Jacksonville State’s 26-23 overtime win at Chattanooga last week was one for the books.

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JSU golf: Anderson breaks school record by firing 60
Updated: September 09, 2014 - 5:30 pm

PAWLEY'S ISLAND, S.C. — Jacksonville State senior Tomasz Anderson used a record-breaking final round Tuesday to cap a record-breaking win at the Golfweek Program Challenge.

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Sunday 09/07/2014
JSU football: Jenkins, Sigler receive OVC honors
Updated: September 07, 2014 - 8:29 pm

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. -- The Ohio Valley Conference honored Jacksonville State's Eli Jenkins and Devaunte Sigler as two of the league's players of the week Sunday.

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Joe Medley: Of forces of nature, solid coaching decisions and social media
Updated: September 08, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Week 2 in Alabama-Auburn-Jacksonville State territory was an ode to forces of nature.

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Saturday 09/06/2014
JSU football: Gamecocks shut down Chattanooga but need OT to win
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 10:15 pm

CHATTANOOGA — Game managers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wanted to get the Mocs’ 2014 home football season off to a rousing start, promoting rival Jacksonville State’s visit on Saturday as a “Whiteout.”

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Game analysis: Jacksonville State 26, Chattanooga 23, OT
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 10:19 pm

Three things worth discussing

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Friday 09/05/2014
College breakdown: No. 9 Jacksonville State (0-1) at No. 13 Chattanooga (0-1)
Updated: September 05, 2014 - 4:26 pm

The game

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Thursday 09/04/2014
Mark Edwards' picks: JSU will face a test; UA, AU not so much
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 10:11 pm

Alabama and Auburn have relatively simple non-conference matchups on Saturday, but Jacksonville State faces a tough road trip to Chattanooga.

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JSU football: More on line than just a rivalry when Gamecocks visit Chattanooga
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 8:33 pm

JACKSONVILLE — The Ohio Valley Conference has an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. So does the Southern Conference, which includes Jacksonville State’s opponent Saturday, Chattanooga.

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Wednesday 09/03/2014
JSU football: Miller looks to take advantage of second chance with Gamecocks
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 7:10 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Debarriaus Miller was a relatively late addition to the Jacksonville State Gamecocks’ roster. Joining the squad in July after leading Southern Mississippi in tackles a year ago, Miller worked his way into a starting position at strong safety for JSU’s opener last week at Michigan State.

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JSU football: Gamecocks special teams coordinator resigns
Updated: September 03, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Assistant football coach Aashon Larkins has resigned from his position at Jacksonville State University.

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Tuesday 09/02/2014
JSU football: Shortell makes best of his playing time
Updated: September 02, 2014 - 11:20 pm

JACKSONVILLE — Max Shortell is a quarterback. Prototypical, you might say. The 22-year-old from Shawnee Mission, Kan., stands 6-foot-5, weighs 240 pounds and some might classify his right arm as rifle-like.

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Monday 09/01/2014
JSU football: Folo Johnson, Gamecocks put focus on Chattanooga
Updated: September 01, 2014 - 3:15 pm

JACKSONVILLE -- After a disheartening 45-7 loss at Michigan State last week, the entire Jacksonville State University football squad needs to adopt the mindset of the Gamecocks’ secondary.

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