HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana University football coach Ron Roberts announced the signings of 11 players, including an FBS transfer running back, for the 2013 season.
SLU, which finished 5-6 and posted its best record (5-2) in the Southland Conference since joining the league in 2005, focused on upgrading the offensive line, where the Lions signed four players — Johnathan Braddock, Ryan Cockerton, Laurence Ramsey and Jordan Sutherlin.
“We addressed some immediate needs. We added depth and size to both the offensive and defensive line,” Roberts said. “We added two cornerbacks that we expect to help immediately and a deep threat receiver.”
The Lions added defensive backs Eric Jenkins and Pat Malone, defensive linemen John Andrews and Jacob Newman, kicker/punter Tim Callian and receiver Marquis Hayes. Jenkins, a New Orleans native, played at McMain and spent the past season at the Atlanta Sports Academy.
Looking to add more depth at running back, Southeastern announced the transfer of running back Kody Sutton from Wyoming. Sutton, a Texarkana, Texas, native who will have three years of eligibility remaining, averaged 4.9 yards per carry and was the Cowboys’ fifth-leading rusher as a true freshman in 2011. In high school, Sutton rushed for over 3,700 yards and 37 touchdowns in three seasons at Texarkana’s Texas High School.
“Kody Sutton is an explosive running back that gives us another weapon on offense,” Roberts said. “These players will all enroll in January and will be with us for spring practice. We expect them to push for starting jobs and take the next step forward toward winning a national championship.”
SLU, which returns 49 letterwinners, is tentatively scheduled to open spring practice Feb. 25 with the annual Green and Gold Spring Game set for March 23.