HAMMOND - The Southeastern Louisiana University football team worked out in full pads for the first time during fall practice, working out for just over two hours Monday in Strawberry Stadium.
The Lions took advantage of the pleasant weather in the early portion of practice before making adjustments after the temperatures and humidity began to rise.
“It was a little warm out here after the sun came up,” SLU coach Mike Lucas said. “We had some great team periods at the end in full pads where we were in ?thud’ tempo. I thought (junior quarterback) Brian Young had his best day throwing the football. He made some good decisions and threw the ball very accurately.”
GREEN WAVE OPENS PRACTICE: In New Orleans, after a brief shower and a few arcs of lightning, 98 Tulane football players took the field at the Westfeldt Practice Facility to open fall camp Monday afternoon.
“I thought the energy level was really good - probably too good,” coach Bob Toledo said. “They run around like chickens with their heads cut off sometimes, and they have to learn how to do things right.”
COWBOYS DON FULL PADS: In Lake Charles, McNeese State’s Cowboys worked out in full pads for the first time Monday morning, and coach Matt Viator gave credit to the play of the offensive line and defensive line.
He said the offensive line looked good on the inside game, while the defensive line did a good job of pass rushing.
The team will be back out in full pads the next three mornings and will have two workouts on both Tuesday and Thursday.
DEMONS PRACTICE TOGETHER TUESDAY: In Natchitoches, the Northwestern State Demons will practice together for the first time in preseason camp Tuesday, donning full gear for the first time as well.
Monday’s two workouts in Turpin Stadium featured plenty of enthusiasm and teamwork, coach Bradley Dale Peveto said.
Creating more turnovers is a strong point of emphasis. Monday, junior safety Cortez Paige had an interception that would have been returned for a touchdown in game conditions. He is one of a dozen players defensive coordinator Brad Laird cited for their performance Monday.
WARHAWKS PRACTICES IN PADS: In Monroe, the University of Louisiana football team hit the grass practice fields for two hours on Monday morning in pads for the first time of fall camp.
The Warhawks had practiced in just shorts and helmets on Saturday and Sunday because of NCAA rules. The team will remain split into two groups until Friday, when they will come together for two-a-days.
PRACTICE SPIRITED ON FIRST DAY: In Ruston, Louisiana Tech worked out in helmets and shorts for approximately 90 minutes Monday evening.
Tech’s secondary stood out on the first day with three interceptions, two off freshman Nick Isham and one off redshirt junior Colby Cameron.
“Defensively, I thought we made a lot of plays in the secondary,” coach Sonny Dykes said.
“We had a bunch of interceptions today and I thought our safeties were active. Our corners did well, particularly Dave Clark who made two or three nice plays.”