South Alabama loses two more defensive linemen for 2016

The South Alabama Jaguars defensive line has been hit hard by the injury bug leading up to the 2016 college football season.

In addition to losing defensive end Dewayne Alford for the season to an Achilles injury suffered during summer workouts, Jaguars head coach Joey Jones noted nose tackle Tre Alford and defensive end Jimmie Gipson are also expected to miss the entire year with knee injuries.

“(Dewayne Alford) may or may not come back next year — that’s to-be-seen,” Jones said, via “He would probably qualify for a sixth year.

“Tre Alford could come back late in the year, but not likely. Gipson… there’s a slight possibility he could play, but most likely out for the year.”

With the latest injuries along the defensive line, Jones and his coaching staff have plenty of holes to fill.

It’s never fun to have holes pop up on your depth chart. It’s even less fun when you have three starting spots on your defensive line available just a couple of weeks before the season officially kicks off.

South Alabama is scheduled to face Mississippi State to open the season on Saturday, Sept. 3.

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