Alcorn State was one of three teams to hire new coaches in 2008. Former Braves’ player Ernest Jones is the new head man, looking to turn around a Braves team that was 2-8 last season, but is slated to return 16 starters, nine of them defensively.
After a 2-8 season that didnâ€™t shape up the way that the Braves hoped for, Head Coach Dr. Johnny Thomas was dismissed after commanding the sidelines for a decade. The Braves never got the solid footing needed to be a force to reckon with in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Despite the dismal season, Alcon Stateâ€™s Nate Hughes led the SWAC in allpurpose yardage (1356) and garnered team honors in two positions (Wide Receiver and Return Specialist). Defense also had a bright spot in Antonio Cooper who was on the recipients of the Jacksonâ€™s Touchdown Club Senior Award. Cooper also led the team in tackles with ninety-four total (44 solo and 50 assists).