Jackson State is in the midst of one of its best seasons since the early 2010s, sitting at 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the SWAC. The nationally-ranked Tigers, though, have recently been without head coach Deion Sanders, with the NFL legend recovering from a foot surgery that has kept him off the sideline over the past 2 games and has .

It’s unknown when Sanders will be back to everyday coaching duties, but the Tigers have been playing exceptional football so far in 2021. On Monday, interim head coach Gary Harrell provided an update on the recovery of Sanders, saying that Sanders was “getting better and better” each time the 2 spoke and was in “good spirits”.

“I talked to him (Sunday) night; I talked to him (Monday) morning…He’s doing well right now,” Harrell said, according to FootballScoop. “I just try to leave anything as far as medical things, just try to let him make those comments when he gets back. When I talk to him, he’s in great spirits and he’s well engaged and he’s continuously just helping us get better as we go throughout the week.”

The Tigers, ranked No. 19 in the STATS Perform FCS Top 25 and No. 17 in the FCS Coaches Poll, hosts Texas Southern on Saturday.