By: Justin Stevens
Before football season starts in South Carolina, SportsTalk will be touring around the state to preview all of the in-state schools that house a football program. SportsTalk’s Phil Kornblut headed down to Bulldog country in Orangeburg, SC to visit South Carolina State University for Stop number two on our Palmetto Pigskin Tour. Kornblut sat down with Bulldog head coach, Buddy Pough, and two SCSU players, Asheton Jordan (RB) and Courtney Ingram (Dog-Safety).
AUDIO: Buddy Pough [8:46]
AUDIO: Asheton Jordan and Courtney Ingram [10:19]
Oliver “Buddy” Pough will be entering his 11 season at South Carolina State University, where he hoists a career record of 83-33. The bulldogs had a “down” year last season, as the Bulldogs went 7-4 overall and 6-2 in the MEAC conference. SCSU has 13 starters returning from last year’s club including nine on the offensive side of the ball, so the Bulldogs hope to make another run at the MEAC crown.
Asheton Jordan, a redshirt-senior running back, from Stratford High School is the leading rusher from last year’s team. Jordan had 774 yards and five touchdowns on 139 carries for the Bulldogs in 2011. In the interview, Jordan says the quarterback play has picked up for SCSU and that the competition within quarterback play has made each one better.
Courtney Ingram, junior defensive back, from Milledgeville, GA plays the “Dog” position for the Bulldogs, which is a linebacker/safety hybrid. Out of the returning defensive players, Ingram ranks second in tackles where he had 47 tackles and six tackles for loss. Ingram feels like the defense will be better than last year’s team despite losing seven starters.