Deion Sanders talks about son, Shedeur, and Jackson State's quarterback situation
Deion Sanders made his rounds recently as a part of this year's Southwestern Athletic Conference Media Days.
Be it virtually, the conference's media days came just over a month before JSU's first game of the season on Feb. 21 against Edward Waters. Things look a little different from a timeline perspective because the SWAC moved its fall sports to the spring this school year, a precautionary measure amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
On day one of the SWAC's two-day event, ESPN HBCU football commentators Tiffany Greene and Jay Walker interviewed the first-year JSU coach, and the topic about the Tigers' quarterback situation came up.
Last season, Derrick Ponder and Jalon Jones attempted over 100 passes, and Quincy Casey attempted 13 passes. Ponder transferred to Midwestern State University in the offseason. In the interview, Walker referred to JSU's quarterback position as a "revolving door" situation last season.
"We got a key to that door," Sanders said before laughing. "We got a key to that door. Honestly, we have a few guys on the roster that are very capable. I feel like with coach (JSU co-offensive coordinator Michael) Pollock and (co-offensive coordinator Jason Phillips), we have the people to administrate an offense. The coordinators are going to do a great job of getting them in a better position."
Pollock previously said the offense will be quick tempo and pass dominant.
Jones, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound dual-threat quarterback, completed 41-of-78 passes for 708 yards and eight touchdowns in the final four games of the season. The sophomore transferred to Jackson State in 2019 from Florida. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Jones was originally a Mississippi State commit before following Dan Mullen to Gainesville, Florida.
In the fall, Sanders' son, Shedeur, will be eligible. The No. 15-ranked senior pro-style quarterback in the nation, according to the composite rankings, Shedeur is currently the highest-rated prospect to sign with Jackson State out of high school. He was even rated slightly higher than the former Gators signal-caller.
"We have guys on the roster, but when you're alluding to my son, he can spin it, man," Sanders said. "He can do it, he thinks the games, IQ is off the charts, but it's going to be a fight. It's going to be a battle to win that starting job, I'm not going to hand the keys to nobody, but I've seen him drive."
Pollock previously said he hasn't assumed Shedeur will start the fall season as a backup just because he's a freshman.
"We didn't bring Shedeur in here to wait his turn," Pollock said. "He's ready now, he's well-polished, he's got a good understanding of the game and the level of play is going to raise because of the competition."
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