ON STAGE: 9:30-9:55 a.m. Thursday on ESPN3.com
COACH: Tim Rebowe (5th year)
PLAYERS: QB Chase Fourcade, LB Allen Pittman
THE BUZZ: It’s only fitting that Fourcade represent the school at media day; the reigning SLC player of the year was one of the building blocks for Rebowe's program in his second year there. A three-year starter, Pittman has been a stalwart for a defense that led the SLC in fewest yards allowed and was No. 1 against the run in 2018.
ON STAGE: 11-11:25 a.m. Thursday on ESPN3.com
COACH: Brad Laird (2nd year)
PLAYERS: OL Chris Zirkle, DB Nick Forde
THE BUZZ: A second-team preseason All-SLC pick, Zirkle has made 21 career starts — the most among Demons returning linemen — anchoring a unit that helped his team rank second in passing in 2018. A safety, Forde was a 10-game starter who was among the top tacklers at the position for a unit that ranked in the middle of the SLC in pass defense.
ON STAGE: 2:15-2:40 p.m. Thursday on ESPN3.com
COACH: Sterlin Gilbert (1st year)
PLAYERS: QB Cody Orgeron, DE Chris Livings
THE BUZZ: Orgeron, the son of LSU coach Ed Orgeron, makes his media day debut as the likely starting quarterback for the Cowboys after a solid spring that saw the junior take most of the snaps with the No. 1 offense. Livings, a senior who has 20½ career sacks, needs 10½ more to set the school’s all-time record.
ON STAGE: 1:15-1:40 p.m. Thursday on ESPN3.com
COACH: Frank Scelfo (2nd year)
PLAYERS: QB Chason Virgil, DL Isaac Adeyemi-Berglund
THE BUZZ: Virgil, a Fresno State transfer, returns for his senior season after leading the SLC with 3,034 passing yards to go with 17 TDs under Scelfo, who’s tutored quarterbacks like Nick Foles and Blake Bortles during his career. Adeyemi-Berglund is a second-team preseason All-SLC pick who was the Lions’ most consistent lineman last season with 63 tackles and six sacks.
Is Nicholls ready to take a big step up nationally?
Defending Southland Conference football co-champion Nicholls had 11 players chosen to the preseason all-conference team announced Thursday.