Devin Dominguez had a season of dizzying promise at Alabama State in 2010, emerging from a group of three quarterbacks to lead the Hornets to the SWAC Championship Game — and getting within a touchdown of winning it all.
Despite the late start, after switching from tight end/receiver, Dominguez shot up to No. 5 in the league for passing yards and total offense on the year. Only two passers in the SWAC threw more touchdown passes.
That was then.
Since, Dominguez has seen his offensive coordinator leave for a head-coaching position elsewhere in the SWAC, then missed the spring to appear as a standout pitcher for Alabama State’s baseball team. That provided backup Greg Jenkins a critical opening under new coordinator Fred Kaiss — and he capitalized, earning most valuable player honors in the Hornets’ spring game.
Jenkins solidified his position with an impressive off-season on campus, while Dominguez returned to his native Indiana. Now, Jenkins has been installed as the starter, as Reggie Barlow gets his fall sessions underway in Montgomery, Ala.
“We knew we had a guy (Jenkins) who could play the position,” Barlow told The Montgomery Advertiser. “After going through the spring, he had done really well. This summer, his leadership and organizing seven-on-seven (drills), he had done well with that. We wanted to see him out here on the first day and see how he was mentally. He was still what we thought.”
Dominguez falls back into a group of four other passers, along with Demetric Price. The group also includes true freshmen Shunquez Stevenson and Daniel Duhart, though they are expected to redshirt. The Hornets open the new campaign at Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 3.