Ja’Tyre Carter ‘is getting drafted’ says football talent evaluator after performance at Southern Pro Day

One player teams had their eye on was offensive lineman Ja’Tyre Carter who was the only HBCU player to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine.

He improved his measurements across the board recording a 34.5-inch vertical and a 9-foot-3 broad jump.

His vertical jump would have been the highest recorded amongst all offensive linemen who took part in the NFL combine while he would have ranked in the top 10 in the broad jump.

Following the workout, veteran NFL scout and Reese’s Senior Bowl executive director Jim Nagy tweeted that Carter is “getting drafted” after his performance.

Wide receiver Marquis McClain, who had an impressive performance in the HBCU Legacy Bowl, put forth a great showing in the pro day with a 4.59 40-yard dash time, a 39-inch vertical, and a 10-foot broad jump.

Of all the wide receivers in the NFL draft combine, McClain would have had the third-highest vertical.

Elsewhere, fellow receiver Jamar Washington had a 4.64 in the 40 and a 10-foot-2 broad jump while defensive back Jakoby Papillion also posted a 4.64 40 time in addition to a 35-inch vertical and a 9-foot broad jump.

Source: HBCU Gameday

SWAC women’s and men’s 2022 basketball tournament brackets released

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.- The SWAC released its 2022 women’s and men’s basketball tournament brackets on Saturday featuring the league’s top eight teams at the conclusion of regular-season play.

Regular-season champion Jackson State enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed for the women with an 18-0 conference record.

Alabama A&M claimed the No. 2 seed (13-5 SWAC) while Alabama State claimed the No. 3 seed (12-6 SWAC) in the tournament followed by No. 4 seed Southern (11-7 SWAC).
Texas Southern is the No. 5 seed (11-7 SWAC) followed by No. 6 seed Prairie View A&M (10-8 SWAC).

Grambling State (10-8 SWAC) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (9-9 SWAC) claimed the final two tournament bids and will enter the tournament as the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds respectively.

The upcoming tournament schedule is listed below. Each tournament game is slated to be carried live on ESPN+.

In the men’s bracket, Alcorn State enters the tournament as the No. 1 seed (14-4 SWAC). Texas Southern is the No. 2 seed (13-5 SWAC) followed by No. 3 seed Southern (12-6 SWAC).

Florida A&M claimed the No. 4 seed (11-7 SWAC) in the tournament followed by No. 5 seed Alabama A&M (10-8 SWAC). Grambling State will enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed (9-9 SWAC).

Jackson State (9-9 SWAC) and Prairie View A&M (8-10 SWAC) claimed the final two tournament bids and will enter the tournament as the No. 7 and No. 8 seeds respectively.

Conference records with the league’s tiebreaker policy were used to determine final seedings.

The 2022 Cricket SWAC Basketball Tournament presented by Mountain Dew is scheduled to be played on March 9-12 at Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Ala.

The upcoming tournament schedule is listed below. Each tournament game is slated to be carried live on ESPN+ with the exception of the championship game which will be carried live on ESPNU.

DateWomen’s Tournament ScheduleTimeWatch
March 9Game 1: #2 Alabama A&M vs #7 Grambling State11:00 amESPN+
March 9Game 2: #1 Jackson State vs #8 Arkansas-Pine Bluff5:30 pmESPN+
March 10Game 3: #3 Alabama State vs #6 Prairie View A&M11:00 amESPN+
March 10Game 4: #4 Southern vs. #5 Texas Southern5:30 pmESPN+
March 11Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 311:00 amESPN+
March 11Game 6:  Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 45:30 pmESPN+
March 12Game 7: Women’s Basketball Championship Game1:30 pmESPN+
DateMen’s Tournament ScheduleTimeWatch
March 9Game 1: #2 Texas Southern vs #7 Jackson State2:00 pmESPN+
March 9Game 2: #1 Alcorn State vs #8 Prairie View A&M8:30 pmESPN+
March 10Game 3: #3 Southern vs #6 Grambling State2:00 pmESPN+
March 10Game 4: #4 Florida A&M vs. #5 Alabama A&M8:30 pmESPN+
March 11Game 5: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 32:00 pmESPN+
March 11Game 6:  Winner of Game 2 vs. Winner of Game 48:30 pmESPN+
March 12Game 7: Men’s Basketball Championship Game5:00 pmESPNU

Source: SWAC

Southern University names Eric Dooley as Head Football Coach

Southern University names Eric Dooley as the 20th Head Coach in Southern University Football history on Monday.

Dooley comes from Prairie View A&M University where he lead his team to the 2021 SWAC Championship and won the SWAC Western Division Championship.


Eric Dooley officially named as the Southern Jaguars ? 20th Head Football Coach!#GoJags #SouthernIsTheStandard #ProwlOn #WeAreSouthern pic.twitter.com/Sf2HWATctr— Southern University Jaguars (@SouthernUsports) December 6, 2021

“Coach Dooley is no stranger to Southern as he was on legendary Coach Pete Richardson staff at Southern from 1997-2009,” an official press release said. “He helped guide Southern to the 1997 and 2003 HBCU National Championship and 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2003 SWAC Championship.”

Southern will officially introduce the new head coach on the first floor of A.W. Mumford Fieldhouse. Face masks will be required inside the fieldhouse.

Watch the press conference live on Tuesday at noon.

Source: Southern University

Jackson State Defeats Prairie View A&M to Claim SWAC Championship

JACKSON, Miss. – Jackson State (11-1) scored defensive and special teams’ touchdowns and rolled to a 27-10 victory over Prairie View A&M (7-5) to claim the 2021 SWAC Football Championship.
Trailing 10-7 in the second quarter, Isaiah Bolden bolted down the sidelines for a 91-yard kickoff return and the Tigers went to halftime with a 13-10 lead.
At 8:20 in the third quarter SWAC Newcomer of the Year and SWAC Championship Game Defensive MVP James Houston came through with a pick six to extend the lead to 20-13.
Peytton Pickett put the game away in the second half with a 5-yard touchdown run. Pickett was the SWAC Championship Game Offensive MVP with 107 yards on 19 carries for 5.6 yards per rush.
Aubrey Miller, Jr. finished with a game-high 7.5 tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss. Keonte Hampton added 5.5 tackles, 1 sack and recovered a fumble. True freshman Cam’Ron Silmon-Craig finished with two interceptions.
The Tigers advance to the Celebration Bowl and match-up with MEAC champion South Carolina State on Saturday, December 18 on ABC. 

Source: SWAC

SWAC Championship – Jackson State vs Prairie View

The SWAC championship game will feature Jackson State University and Prairie View A&M this Saturday on ESPN+. Here are the matchups to watch.


Jackson State’s freshman signal-caller Shedeur Sanders has put together an incredible season for the Tigers. Sanders has thrown for an average of 270 yards a game with a completion rate of 67.8. He has also accumulated 28 touchdowns to only five interceptions in 11 games. The Prairie View A&M Panthers will have to conjure up a lot of pressure to knock him off his game. Sanders has been sacked 30 times this season meaning the offensive line has not been the most stable. The Panthers should consider blitzing more and sending extra rushers to prevent Sanders from making big plays.

Senior wide receiver Keith Corbin III has been the go-to guy in the Tiger’s offense. The wideout has 63 receptions, 887 yards, and six touchdowns in 11 games. Corbin has twice as many receptions as anyone else on offense and is averaging 80 yards a game. He will be matched up against the Panther’s senior defensive back Darius Campbell or junior back Jamias Presley. Campbell and Presley have accumulated 24 pass breakups in 11 games. Neither of the defensive backs has mustered up an interception this season. In order to slow down Shedeur Sanders and Keith Corbin III, the Panthers have to create turnovers.

Freshman running back Jaden Stewart has been leading the way for the Prairie View Panthers. Stewart has 654 rushing yards on 132 attempts in 11 games. He is averaging five yards per attempt and almost 60 yards a game. Stewart will be facing a Jackson State Tigers run defense that ranks second in the SWAC. The Tigers front has only been allowing an average of 99 rushing yards a game. Senior linebacker Keonte Hampton is at the center of it all. Hampton has racked up 68 tackles and three sacks in 11 games. The Panthers will need to establish Jaden Stewart and their overall running game in order to succeed. With no running game, the Panthers quarterback Jawon Pass will not be able to get the play-action going.

This may sound like a fluke matchup. However, momentum is everything in sports. Prairie View is coming off of a three-game losing streak. Jackson State is coming off an incredible season undefeated in the conference. The SWAC championship will be held at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the JSU Tigers. The Tiger fans will be rowdy while Panthers are on offense to disrupt their communication. They will be as loud as ever while the Panthers are on third down to prevent them from converting. In order to hang in this game, the Panthers must keep the Tigers from scoring first. The Panthers need to establish some dominance early to keep the stadium quiet.

Source: HBCU Gameday