Jackson State comes off of another bye week and is getting set to face another rival.
JSU will host Southern in a matchup of 1st place teams. The Tigers lead the SWAC East Division while the Jaguars are tied for the West lead.
Head coach Tony Hughes met the media Monday for his weekly press conference.
Hughes on bye week
"So we went back and we worked on a lot of fundamentals. We worked on scheme, gameplanning for Southern also. But we took our young players or players that may not have played as much, and we put them in position to get better. They got a thousand reps, over and over and over again. Executing, the execution part of the game and the repetition part of the game, and that's how you improve. The only way to improve playing football is to play football."
Hughes on playing Southern
"It's a big game. And fortunately for us, every game is a big game coming off of the last 2 seasons. With the Jaguar Nation, and their fans and their band, and everything that comes along with the pagentry of the game. Our focal point has to be on ourselves and getting ready to play an extremely talented football team."
You can click above to watch the entire press conference.
Jackson State plays Southern Saturday at 6:00pm at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.
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