Malik Jackson, Top Jacksonville State vs. Eastern Michigan Players to Watch – Week 4

Written By PlayPicks Staff on September 18, 2023

Malik Jackson will lead the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (2-1) into their battle against the Eastern Michigan Eagles (2-1) at Burgess-Snow Field at JSU Stadium on Saturday at 5:00 PM ET.

The Gamecocks took the loss 30-16 last time out when they took on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. The Eagles picked up a 19-17 win last time out against the UMass Minutemen.

Zion Webb finished with 150 yards on 9-18 passing (50.0%) in the Gamecocks’ last game, plus 11 rushing attempts for 21 yards. Jackson rushed for 73 yards on 18 attempts. He also hauled in four receptions for 28 yards Perry Carter posted 77 yards on two receptions.

For the Eagles in their last game, Austin Smith completed 13 of 26 passing attempts (50.0%) and totaled 157 yards through the air, completing one touchdown pass. Samson Evans had eight rushing attempts and wound up with 89 yards. Hamze Elzayat found paydirt once, and ended the contest with three catches for 62 yards.

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Jacksonville State Players to Watch

  • This year, Webb has recorded 217 passing yards (72.3 yards per game) while going 19-for-39 (48.7% completion percentage) and throwing zero interceptions. He has tacked on 76 rushing yards on 21 carries, averaging 25.3 yards per game.
  • Jackson has churned out a team-high 249 rushing yards (83 yards per game) and scored two touchdowns.
  • Ron Wiggins has run for 156 yards on 28 carries (52 yards per game), with two touchdowns on the ground this year.
  • Carter has four catches and paces his team with 87 receiving yards (43.5 ypg).
  • Quinton Lane has tacked on seven receptions for 80 yards.

Eastern Michigan Players to Watch

  • Smith leads his team with 403 passing yards (134.3 per game) and has a 55.4% completion percentage (41-of-74), throwing two touchdown passes and two interceptions. He also has 60 rushing yards on 15 carries, averaging 20 yards per game.
  • Evans has run for a team-high 214 yards on 35 carries (71.3 yards per game) and one touchdown.
  • Jaylon Jackson has 120 yards on 22 carries (40 ypg), with one rushing touchdown.
  • Tanner Knue has 15 catches, leading his team with 119 yards (39.7 ypg) while hauling in one touchdown this season.
  • Blake Daniels’ stat line this year shows seven catches for 92 yards. He averages 30.7 receiving yards per game.
  • Elzayat has 81 receiving yards on five receptions, with one touchdown, averaging 27 yards per game.

Jacksonville State vs. Eastern Michigan Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Jacksonville State -6 -112 -108 51 -110 -110

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Team Stat Comparison

Jacksonville State Eastern Michigan
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 27.3 (1) 19.3 (115)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 15.7 (49) 21.7 (58)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 1 (15) 3 (33)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 6 (1) 6 (23)

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