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Alcorn could start new QB against UAPB

Alcorn State coach Fred McNair
Alcorn State coach Fred McNair Associated Press

Alcorn State could start its third quarterback in the last two seasons.

The Braves could be without junior Lenorris Footman when they entertain Arkansas-Pine Bluff at 6:30 p.m. Thursday night at Spinks-Casem Stadium. ESPNU will televise the game.

Footman suffered a mild ankle sprain in a 21-18 victory over Alabama State. Redshirt freshman Noah Johnson replaced Footman and Alcorn didn’t miss a beat. With the game being played on a week night, Alcorn coach Fred McNair said Footman’s status is a game-time decision.

“Noah, it’s the same offense (with him), nothing changes on that,” McNair said in a SWAC Teleconference call Monday. “We’re going to do what we do. Noah, he’s prepared and he’s ready to play if it came down to it.”

Grambling at Jackson State, 6 p.m. Saturday: The winless Tigers (0-2) play host to Grambling in their SWAC opener at Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Quarterback LaMontiez Ivy continues to struggle, completing less than 50 percent of his passes against Tennessee State in the Southern Heritage Classic last week.

Mississippi Valley State at Texas Southern, 7 p.m. Saturday: The Delta Devils (0-2, 0-1) appear to have found a quarterback in Austin Bray, who threw for 225 yards and a touchdown against Alabama A&M. Valley also must improve its special team, misfiring on a 44 yard field goal against the Bulldogs.

Delta State at West Georgia, 1 p.m. Saturday: The road doesn’t get any easier for Delta State, who travels to face second-ranked West Georgia, preseason favorite to win the Gulf South Conference. The Statesmen are coming off a 40-28 loss against No. 8 Texas A&M Commerce, struggling defensively. Delta State fell behind 17-0 and scored only seven points in the second half. Former Gulf Coast CC running back Chris Robinson ran for 67 yards last week.

West Alabama at Mississippi College, 7 p.m. Saturday: The Choctaws’ struggles continue returning to the GSC. Freshman defensive back Julian Charles was a bright spot in a 41-0 shutout loss at Florida Tech, making six total tackles.

Belhaven at Huntington College, 1 p.m. Saturday.: Hunter McEachern attempted a school-record 76 passes against Wisconsin-Whitewater, completing 38 for 454 yards. He also threw six interceptions. Belhaven (1-1) needs a more consistent performance from the freshman.

Millsaps at Chicago, 1 p.m. Saturday: Running back Andrew Warren had a big game against Trinity, rushing for 83 yards and a touchdown for the Majors (1-1). The sophomore from Ocean Springs was a solid compliment to quarterback Chance Clowers, who threw for 181 yards and score.