South Alabama Jaguars

South Alabama Jaguars

About South Alabama Jaguars

The South Alabama Jaguars represent the University of South Alabama and the football program was officially approved by the university in 2007. The team have been playing intercollegiate football since 2009 and managed to achieve an impressive win-loss record in the early stages, going unbeaten in their first two seasons. In a relatively short space of time, the Jaguars have also established rivalries with the Georgia State Pathers and the Troy Trojans.

Initially operating as an independent NCAA unclassified team, South Alabama moved up to the Football Championship Subdivision ahead of the 2011 season. Then, in 2012, the program entered the transition phase of its move to the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and became part of the Sun Belt Conference. This transition was completed and the Jaguars were given full Division I FBS status ahead of the 2013-14 season.

The team's first season in the Sun Belt Conference, in 2012, marked a difficult time for the program and the Jaguars ended up with a record of two wins and eleven losses over the duration of the season, with one win and seven losses in their conference. As a result, they finished bottom in the Sun Belt Conference's final standings.

In the program's second season, a tradition started whereby the #5 jersey was awarded to a senior who displayed a strong work ethic and leadership ability. This tradition began after the death of Anthony Mostella, who had previously worn the jersey and held these attributes.

The Jaguars' home games have been played at Ladd Peebles Stadium since the team's foundation. Formerly known as Ernest F. Ladd Memorial Stadium, the venue is used for a variety of events, including musi...