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Quarterback Marques Ivory hopes to finish strong


As Jacksonville State students prepare for the new semester, Jacksonville State athletes prepare to compete this fall.

The Gamecock football team takes the field this season looking to defend its third Ohio Valley Conference championship.

Jack Crowe is entering his 13th season as head coach of JSU.

Leading the Gamecocks this season will be redshirt senior quarterback Marques Ivory. Ivory missed almost the entire 2011 season after suffering a leg injury in the first game against UT Martin.

"It means a lot; it's been a long journey," said Ivory. "I'm ready to finish this one out this time."

Another player returning from injury is redshirt senior offensive lineman Odie Rush. Rush suffered a nearly identical injury to Ivory during fall camp in 2011.

Crowe described Rush's play during fall camp as "up and down". "He didn't come back as quickly and consistently as Ques [Ivory] did," Crowe said. Rush is expected to play in the season opener but is not expected to start. Redshirt sophomore Tristan Hardin will likely start.

If Hardin starts, the Gamecock offensive line will start four sophomores. "Tic, tic, tic," said Crowe. "Time is in our favor."

The Gamecocks open the season at the University of Arkansas September 1st.

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