JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Perhaps one of the more interesting oddities that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon the sports world is college football in the spring. Jackson State will be participating in that and with the February season opener fast approaching, preparations can now officially begin as the Tiger players returned to campus today.
Already there was excitement for the new season with the hire of new head coach Deion Sanders last September, but beyond playing for “Coach Prime”, the Tigers are just thrilled to know that they will soon be back on the field and playing in real games after a longer-than-anticipated layoff.
“First person that steps in front of me (on the field) is going to have it cut out for them,” said new JSU receiver Daylen Baldwin, who is one of many transfers brought in by Sanders this offenseason.
“I’ve been ready to play for a while now. I’m ready to just get back to work, ready to get back to competing and just feeling the game and crowd and everything.”
Now that the players are back on campus, the next week will see them go through an assortment of conditioning tests before beginning practice sometime within the next two weeks.
JSU opens the season on February 21 with a home game against Edward Waters of the NAIA