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By Kirk Michelet, Producer
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
Week 5 in the SWAC gets underway Friday night when Alcorn State travels west to face Texas Southern.
SWAC Game of the Week: Alabama A&M vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Friday, September 29:
Texas Southern vs. Alcorn State: (Houston, TX at 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday, September 30
Alabama A&M vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Huntsville, AL at 2:00 p.m.)
Grambling State vs. Clark Atlanta (Chicago, IL at 3:30 p.m.)
Prairie View vs. Jackson State (Prairie View, TX at 4:00 p.m.)
Charleston Southern vs. Mississippi Valley State (Charleston, S.C. at 5:00 p.m.)
Southern vs. Fort Valley State (Baton Rouge at 6:00 p.m.)
By Curtis Heyen
GRAMBLING, LA (KSLA) -
Grambling State University’s fall headcount has surpassed 5,000 for the first time in four years, school officials says. Total enrollment now stands at 5,188, meaning an increase of 7 percent over fall 2016. A factor in the increase is 926 new freshmen, a 6.68 percent year-over-year increase. And the number of continuing students increased by 9.5 percent this fall, school officials say.
“I am ecstatic and thrilled with these numbers,” said Rick Gallot, who completed his first year as Grambling State’s president Aug. 1.
Those numbers are a testament to how hard the school’s admissions, recruitment and enrollment teams worked the past year to help prospective students clear get enrolled, he added. The improvement in fall enrollment at Grambling State comes on the heels of a 5.7 percent year-over-year increase in enrollment this spring. The spring term began with 4,596 students on campus, up from a spring 2016 enrollment of 4,349. The last time Grambling State had an enrollment of more than 5,000 was 2013, when the student population totaled 5,071.
“We aim to get every interested student and their parent or guardian the information they need to consider our school. And we work to give them good reasons to choose to become a Tiger,” said Patricia Hutcherson, Grambling State’s executive director of enrollment management.
“I’m happy to say that the hard work and long hours have paid off. Now we turn our attention to retention and recruiting for the spring and fall 2018 semesters.”
Earlier this year, Gallot said that the school had seen 2 percent increases in spring enrollment each year since 2014 and that he was confident Grambling State’s enrollment could come closer to 5,000 students by this fall. This fall’s headcount surpassed that mark. “These numbers prove that GSU is a viable college option,” Grambling State’s president said. “And we have to continue to build on the successes we’ve had for decades.”
In the spring, Gallot also said that he is aiming for enrollment to again hit the 6,000 mark and that he knows his school can do it. The most recent time Grambling State’s enrollment topped 6,000 was in 1996, when there were 6,701 students enrolled. The school’s headcount peaked at nearly near 8,000 in the 1990s then fell by 3,133 over the course of five years.
Courtesy: Southern U. Athletic Media Relations
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern University held Southern Miss to 10 points in the second half but was unable to overcome the Golden Eagles’ 35-point first half in a lopsided 45-0 loss at M.M. Ross Stadium Saturday night.
Southern Miss offense produced 477 yards on 74 plays from scrimmage and relied on a senior ladened defense to hold Southern to 140 total yards while forcing two turnovers.
With three-year starter Austin Howard out due to injury, Southern offense struggled against the Golden Eagle defense as true freshman Glendon McDaniel made his first career start. It was the first time a Jaguar player other than Howard started for SU since Deonte Shorts replaced Howard during his freshman campaign on Oct. 25, 2014 against Jackson State.
McDaniel completed 5-for16 pass attempts for 22 yards with two interceptions. Redshirt freshman Marquez Lee entered the game in the second half and generated some offense going 5-for-10 for 56 yards. Devon Benn led the Jaguars with 42 rushing yards on eight carries while freshman Jamar Washington hauled in three receptions for 36 yards.
Five of the Jaguars first six drives ended after Southern failed to convert on third down. As a team, Southern average third down yards to gain was 12.3 yards in the first half. Southern converted its initial first down with 9:46 in the second quarter on Herb Edwards 13-yard rush.
Southern Miss struck first after SU punter Taylor Merritt mishandled the snap on fourth down and Southern Miss cornerback Rachuan Mitchell recovered the fumble in the Jaguars end zone to give the Golden Eagles a 7-0 lead.
Southern watched as the Golden Eagles reeled off three more touchdowns on drives of 69, 12 and 50 to take a commanding 28-0 first quarter lead. Kwadra Griggs completed a 26-yard pass to Quez Watkins with 5:53 left before halftime to push the Golden Eagles lead to 35-0.
Three plays into the third quarter, McDaniels errant pass found Southern Miss cornerback Cornell Armstrong who raced 46-yard untouched into the end zone. The Golden Eagles final points came on a Parker Shaunfied 28-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter.
Despite the final score, Southern played a number of young players while resting several veterans including Herb Edward and Danny Johnson in the second half.
Southern will return to Baton Rouge to regroup before venturing west of the Mississippi River to challenge another Football Bowl Subdivision opponent in the UT-San Antonio Roadrunners in the Alamodome.
Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m.