‘One for the thumb’: Gamecocks win fifth straight OVC ring

Five in a row. For the fifth time in five years under Coach John Grass, the Jacksonville State University Gamecocks have won the Ohio Valley Conference Championship. “It’s a pretty special thing. I don’t know many college athletes that have four championships, let alone five,” Coach Grass said at Monday’s press conference. “These guys have got one for the thumb. It’s very impressive when you … Continue reading ‘One for the thumb’: Gamecocks win fifth straight OVC ring

Gamecocks ready for first OVC matchup

Josh Gilbert , Sports Writer After their second bye week in only the first month of the season, the Jacksonville State football team is looking to continue the momentum they have after putting up record breaking numbers against Mississippi Valley State. “I thought we have handled the open weeks as best we could. We have gotten better, it is hard to tell because you don’t play … Continue reading Gamecocks ready for first OVC matchup

MAYES: Gamecocks must prove they belong on the national scene, in 2018 and beyond

  Daniel Mayes, Editor-in-Chief By most estimations, 2017 was a great football season for Jacksonville State University. A 10-2 finish, a fourth consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Championship, and an ongoing league-record and Division I leading 32 straight conference victories? Most schools in the country would accept that season without a second thought. However, when you’ve had as much success as the Gamecocks have found on … Continue reading MAYES: Gamecocks must prove they belong on the national scene, in 2018 and beyond

Don’t pit Zerrick and Zion against each other

By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor Scroll through the Twitter feed. Rewind those highlight tapes. Talk to them after practice. You’ll see the praise. You’ll see that Zerrick Cooper and Zion Webb are good at a lot of things. Cooper was in Death Valley last Saturday for Clemson’s Spring Game and was honored alongside the seniors during halftime. Stop and think about that. Cooper, now a … Continue reading Don’t pit Zerrick and Zion against each other

Leadership helps guide JSU student-athletes to give back

By Chris Allen Brown/Associate Editor Don’t be alarmed if you see a 7-foot male wielding a chainsaw around Jacksonville, it’s just Norbertas Giga. If you spend more time looking around, you might even see several Jacksonville State volleyball players attempting to roll a fallen tree trunk to a more convenient spot. Before asking why you may see these sights, maybe the first question should (jokingly) … Continue reading Leadership helps guide JSU student-athletes to give back

Football takes home ‘solid’ recruiting class

  Daniel Mayes, Sports Editor The first Wednesday of February marks national signing day, when high school football recruits are able to officially sign with universities to continue their academic and athletic careers. Although an early signing period was added for December this season, the Gamecocks did their recruiting damage on Wednesday. “We feel really, really good about this class,” JSU Head Coach John Grass … Continue reading Football takes home ‘solid’ recruiting class

Making champions: the legacy of Coach John Grass

Daniel Mayes, Staff Writer Coach John Grass was hired as the offensive coordinator at Jacksonville State University’s football program for the 2013 season. A head coach veteran of various Alabama high schools, Grass made his first foray into the college ranks at his alma mater when new head coach Bill Clark was brought in after JSU fired longtime coach Jack Crowe. Clark led the Gamecocks … Continue reading Making champions: the legacy of Coach John Grass

What the fans don’t see

It may be called the “off-season,” but it’s not the part of the season where the players and coaches take off. The offseason is busy, busier than you may think. The Jacksonville State football team knows just how busy it is. Even in the off-season, the Gamecocks are continually trying to get better. Whether it’s in the weight room, in the gym, in the classroom … Continue reading What the fans don’t see

JSU Football season ends in second round of FCS Playoffs

In the second round of the FCS Playoffs, the Jacksonville State Gamecocks lost 37-26 to the Sam Houston Bearkats. The Gamecocks season ends with an overall 10-2 record. In the loss, JSU had more rushing and passing yards than Sam Houston. The Gamecocks ran for 260 yards, while Sam Houston ran for 241. Sam Houston threw for 161 yards, but the Gamecocks threw for 253. … Continue reading JSU Football season ends in second round of FCS Playoffs

OVC Champs clinch playoff birth

The No. 3 Jacksonville State Gamecocks defeated Eastern Illinois 27-20 to claim the Ohio Valley Conference Championship and clinch a playoff spot in the FCS Playoffs. The Gamecocks are now 9-1 overall and 7-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference. This is the first time in school history that Jacksonville State has posted a perfect 7-0 in the OVC. Jacksonville State head coach John Grass has the … Continue reading OVC Champs clinch playoff birth