Southern to finish camp off campus _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Willie Quinn runs the ball along the Jaguars sideline against Grambling in the 41st annual Bayou Classic, Saturday, Nov. 29, in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

Southern will extend its stay at the Louisiana Leadership Academy and practice there through the end of preseason camp Saturday.

The first week of practice was moved from campus to Doug Williams Stadium because construction of the new on-campus practice field wasn’t completed. The Jaguars had hoped the new field would be ready this week, but it won’t be.

Southern has attributed the delay to the Army Corps of Engineers halting the driving of light poles because the elevated level of the nearby Mississippi River would saturate the base of the poles.

The Jaguars will conclude camp with a scrimmage Saturday morning, then take off Sunday and Monday as classes begin Monday.

It’s undetermined where practice will be held beginning next Tuesday.

Tweet says Tuesday practice canceled

Southern was scheduled to hold its second and most extensive preseason scrimmage at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday at Doug Williams Stadium, but a Tweet posted late Monday night on the Jaguars’ athletic Twitter account stated the following: “Tuesday’s football practice has been cancelled. Team receives day off but will conduct team meetings at Mumford Fieldhouse.”

The Jaguars ran 70-80 plays in a controlled scrimmage Saturday and planned to run more than 100 Tuesday. They’ll scale back for the final scrimmage Saturday.

“We’re just trying to make sure that we’re getting better,” coach Dawson Odums said. “We’re adding a few more things as we go through camp, different personnel groups, testing some guys that we normally don’t play a lot, moving some veterans around.”

Southern had closed practice Saturday, Sunday and Monday to avoid exposing spectators to the excessive heat.

Another honor for Quinn

Wide receiver Willie Quinn received another preseason honor when he was named to the BOXTOROW preseason all-America team.

Quinn earlier was named to the preseason all-Southwestern Athletic Conference first team as a wide receiver and second team as return specialist.

The BOXTOROW team is selected by a national panel of media members covering HBCU football.

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