South Alabama quarterback Dallas Davis (11) readies for a snap against Oklahoma State in the first half of a NCAA football game Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. (Mike Kittrell/AL.com)
South Alabama quarterback Cole Garvin did not practice Tuesday and is not expected to play Saturday vs. Alabama A&M, leaving Dallas Davis as the likely starter for the Jaguars.
Davis replaced an injured Garvin following USA’s first possession in last Friday’s 44-7 loss to Oklahoma State. Garvin was out of a walking boot Tuesday, but wasn’t able to do much in practice, Jaguars head coach Joey Jones said.
“He didn’t practice today,” Jones said. “It doesn’t look good for him playing this week. He probably won’t play. We’re going to go with Dallas (as the starter), and Evan (Orth) as the back-up.”
Davis started 10 of 13 games for the Jaguars last season, but underwent surgery on his right (throwing) shoulder in January. He lost out on the starting job this fall to Garvin, who passed for 204 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two scores in a season-opening loss to Ole Miss before being injured on USA’s third play the following week.
Davis went 13-for-23 for 126 yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma State, and also threw an interception. South Alabama continues to struggle with situational offense, having gone just 2-for-20 in third-down situations in its first two games.
“That jumps out pretty hard at us,” Jones said. “We haven’t been very good on third down. We’ve got to fix that. That’s something we’ve worked hard on this week. We’ve got to get that fixed.”
Kickoff Saturday between South Alabama (0-2) and Alabama A&M (0-2) is set for 6 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The game will be streamed live via espn3.
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