Devin Dominguez — just one offseason after leading Alabama State to the SWAC Championship Game, and getting within a touchdown of winning it all — finally got a chance to show what he could do at quarterback again last week. In a hard-fought 14-7 loss against FBS Eastern Michigan, the benched 2010 standout returned to complete 11-of-19 passes for 136 yards and one touchdown.
That doesn’t mean you won’t see Week 1 starter Greg Jenkins, a shifty athlete, under center again tonight in Montgomery, Ala.
Jenkins won the job after Dominguez missed the spring sessions while serving as a closer on the Hornets’ baseball team. And Alabama State coach Reggie Barlow says it’s still his, though Dominguez could see playing time again.
“We will get him some more reps this week,” Barlow allowed, “just in case.”
A year go, despite a 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. Since, Dominguez has seen his offensive coordinator leave for a head-coaching position elsewhere in the SWAC, then missed the spring. That provided 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.
“Devin is the guy that took us to the SWAC Championship Game last year; everybody knows what he can do,” Barlow said. “But he didn’t go through spring because of baseball. He’s a solid guy, very confident, very smart. He has all the measureables — he 6-5, with a pretty decent arm. He stepped in on Saturday and did some good things. Dominguez is one of those guys that finds a way to make it happen. Even though he wasn’t here this summer, he’s picked it up. He’s a very, very intelligent guy and he can run the offense. He’s not the runner that Greg Jenkins is, but he understands the system.”
Still, it’s unclear if Dominguez will see playing time again today, as Alabama State plays host to fellow Southwestern Athletic Conference program Grambling in Montgomery, Ala. Barlow said Jenkins could have returned last week against Eastern Michigan, but was held out by the coaches.
“Greg went out right before half time,” Barlow said. “We went in, our team doctor looked at him and just said – ‘Hey you can go, if you want.’ We decided to hold him off.”