LORMAN, Miss. (AP) — It didn't take long for coach Jay Hopson to turn Alcorn State around.
In just his second season last fall, Hopson led the Braves to a 9-3 record and a 48-33 victory over rival Jackson State in the season finale, giving the program plenty of momentum heading into 2014.
Hopson inherited a roster in disarray after the firing of Melvin Spears in 2012, but he quickly reloaded. Now he says the team's depth is "getting much closer to where we want it to be."
Hopson recently signed a three-year contract extension.
The Braves return one of the league's best quarterbacks in junior John Gibbs Jr. The 6-foot-6, 220-pounder threw for 2,567 yards and 21 touchdowns last season. Alcorn State also had four defensive backs named to the All-SWAC preseason teams..