HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana University football coach Ron Roberts will get his first official look at his new team on Monday when the Lions officially open spring practice at the Southeastern Football Practice Fields.

Southeastern, which opens its season on Sept. 1 at SEC newcomer Missouri, will hold the first of 15 practices during the spring session with a 3:15 p.m. workout in shorts and helmets. Southeastern will wrap up spring drills on March 31 with a spring game. All practices are open to the public.

Roberts, who was named the Lions’ 15th head coach in December, inherits a team that returns 53 letterwinners (28 offense, 28 defense, 5 specialists) and 17 starters (6 offense, 9 defense, 2 specialists) and enters its 10th season since reinstating the program in 2003. Southeastern looks to build off the momentum set from a strong off-season weight program while Roberts and his staff look to install their system that led to four Gulf South Conference championships in a five-year span at Delta State.

“Our guys had an excellent February and our guys have bought in and worked their tails off in the weight room and we want to see that carry over to the football field,” Roberts said. “A big part (of spring practice) early on is to teach our scheme and make sure they know what to do. The first week is going to be a lot of teaching and the second and third week is going to be a lot of competition and evaluation. I’m excited to finally get them on the field and get a chance to work with them.”

Roberts, who added five players to the roster during the mid-team signing period, said all spots on the depth chart are up for grabs as the Lions will see new schemes on both sides of the football.

“Right now, it’s about everybody,” Roberts said. “It’s (the system) all new to everybody and it’s going to be a big learning curve and trying to find out what each guy can do and how they can contribute to this football team.”

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