Just before the Jackson State football team entered Hard Rock Stadium through a tunnel next to the west end zone—to the tune of the program’s iconic theme song “Get Ready” played by The Sonic Boom of the South—Tigers head coach Deion Sanders looked his players in the eyes and set the mood for the 2022 Orange Blossom Classic. 

“Adversity is going to come. Check it at the door,” Sanders said.

Following the disappointing loss in the ’21 Celebration Bowl, JSU’s primary theme during the offseason was dominance—in every aspect of the game. But to fulfill that mission, Sanders had to make adjustments, bringing in new additions to his coaching staff as well as adding another stellar recruiting class of players to address the team’s biggest weaknesses such as its offensive line.