He did that flawlessly — and even saved the Gamecocks from disaster when he pulled down a high snap on Griffin Thomas’ first field goal.
He was pressed into that because regular holder Dalton Screws suffered a broken collarbone in the last game against Tennessee State. Backup quarterback Kyle West also is under consideration for holds, but he was busy running the Gamecocks’ offense Saturday afternoon.
“I really enjoy holding,” MacInnes said. “I’m in the game more. I’m on the field more. I’ve got more responsibility and I welcome that. I love being out there and knowing I’m looking after Griffin, doing something for someone else.”
Earl Calloway had a feeling Saturday was going to be a special day.
The freshman receiver caught only one pass in the game — a 35-yarder from backup quarterback Kyle West in the second quarter — but it went for the first touchdown of his career.
“When I woke up this morning I had a feeling I was going to have a good game,” he said. “I’m going to remember this one forever. I just wish my momma was here to see it.”
The score, West’s first career touchdown pass, extended JSU’s lead to 17-0.
Calloway, pressed into action because of injuries to Dalton Screws and Markis Merrill, had only one catch coming into the game, and it went for minus-2 yards.
“Me and Kyle have been connecting the last two weeks,” Calloway said. “Ask anybody on the team, A2s against A1s, me and him connect very well.”
Call it a cost of living increase.
According to the report presented to the JSU Board of Trustees athletics committee Monday, the Gamecocks will be getting $525,000 and 900 tickets for playing at Auburn in 2015. That’s a $25,000 bump over the sum they received from the 2013 game Auburn had to cancel.
They also had their 2015 LSU contract bumped to $600,000 after the Tigers requested moving the game to 2016 to accommodate a date with Tulane. They already are getting $600,000 to play Michigan State next year.
The Gamecocks still have to find two games for 2014. Their preference is to land the guarantee game first before worrying about the other.
Athletics director Warren Koegel’s representative at the meeting told trustees the Gamecocks could go into March before reaching “panic mode.”
Hall of Fame
JSU will induct the newest class of its Athletics Hall of Fame Nov. 22, the night before the regular-season finale against Southeast Missouri.
The inductees are Charles Burkette, Wayne Wigley, Joe Kines and Rusty Fuller.
The guests introducing them to the gathering on the fifth floor of the Stadium Towers are just as illustrious.
Three are JSU Hall of Famers.
Bill Jones (Class of 1990-91) will introduce Burkette. Gary Angel (Class of 2008-09) will introduce Wigley. Jim Fuller (Class of 1997-98) will introduce Kines. Rusty Fuller will be introduced by his position coach, Bubba Gibson.
The Gamecocks go back on the road to face winless Austin Peay on Saturday.
The Governors (0-8, 0-4 OVC) have scored only 40 points all season and went into the weekend ranked 120 or worse (out of 122 teams) in total offense, passing offense and scoring.
They also were 114th in rushing defense.