HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University football coach Mike Lucas announced Wednesday that former Iowa State defensive tackle Jerrod Black has transferred to play for the Lions in 2011.

Black, a 6-foot-1, 300-pound product, is eligible to play immediately after transferring to the FCS level and will have one year remaining. Black will add a veteran presence to the interior defensive line that returns senior Devin Boutwell, junior Tramaine Lucas along with redshirt freshman Robert Scarpati and true freshman Jonathan Kinchen.

“It’s very difficult at our level to recruit big defensive linemen and we’re very happy to have Jerrod Black in camp,” Lucas said. “Jerrod is a 300-pounder who we feel can come in and make an immediate impact up front.”

Also, former Lion Duriel “Duke” Adams was added to the SLU coaching staff as cornerbacks coach.

Southeastern will work out for the first time at 6 a.m. Thursday. The Lions open the season at 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 against Tulane in the Louisiana Superdome.

Northwestern State

DEMONS SET TO BEGIN PRACTICE: In Natchitoches, Northwestern State get going Thursday with the first practice sessions of preseason in Turpin Stadium after two days of preparations, with two junior college transfer receivers among the 23 newcomers in camp.

Clifton Brown (6-1, 175) of Laney (Cal.) Community College and Adam Watson (5-10, 180) from Trinity Valley Community College were late summer additions, said coach Bradley Dale Peveto.

“We were fortunate to bring in two talented college football veterans who can make significant contributions to our offense,” Peveto said. “These guys have played in good junior college programs and helped us add to the experience level at receiver.”

They will practice in helmets and shorts at 5:50 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the newcomers workout, along with a small group of returning veterans. The majority of veterans will hit the turf at Turpin for a 9:50 a.m. Thursday. The split practice schedule will run for four days.

McNeese State

FOUR NAMED TO SPORTING NEWS TEAM: Four McNeese State Cowboys have been named to the College Sporting News pre-season all-American football team.

Safety Malcolm Bronson was a second-team pick while offensive guard Miguel Gauthreaux, defensive end Desmund Lighten and safety Darrell Jenkins were named to the third team.

The Cowboys reported Wednesday and will hold their first workout at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

Louisiana College

LC’S WILLIAMS HONORED BY CONFERENCE: Louisiana College kick returner Darnell Williams has been named the preseason special teams player of the year the American Southwest Conference announced Wednesday.

Mary Hardin-Baylor has been predicted to win its seventh straight conference title after a vote by the league’s head coaches, sports information directors and media members. Earning preseason player of the year honors were McMurry quarterback Jake Mullin, Mary Hardin-Baylor linebacker Javicz Jones and Williams.

LC (7-3, 7-1 ASC) landed two first-place votes and was picked to finish fourth.

Williams, a 6-2, 195-pound senior who also starts at wide receiver, led the league with 181.2 all-purpose yards per game and had two kickoff returns for touchdowns.