Southern confident in Austin Howard
Lost in the shuffle of Southern's impressive 34-24 victory win over Prairie View was the performance of true freshman quarterback Austin Howard.
In his first collegiate start, the West St John native completing over 50 percent of his passses, scoring two touchdowns, one in the air and one on the ground. But most importantly, not turning the ball over in a pivotal SWAC opener.
"He was sharp because he took the majority of reps during practice and it showed during the game," Southern Head Coach Dawson Odums said. "When you hand the ball off, it's cuts off on your mistakes and it improves your decision making and I thought he did a very good job of managing the offense."
"Austin did great. He took control of the game. He came in, made a few key throws here and there," running back Lenard Tillery said. "We just took the load off of him so he didn't have to worry about much. His first time on the field he was making checks that nobody had heard of. Just coming from high school, he knows that if he sees this, he's got to check out of it because it's a bad play."
"He was very poised coming in and out the huddle," Justin Morgan said. "Letting us know, we got this. Lets keep going, keep pouring it on. Very composed. So it was a good thing seeing that."