HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana University football coach Mike Lucas said Tuesday he’s planning on using a pair of quarterbacks in the Lions’ season opener against Tulane.
Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Superdome.
SLU’s depth chart for the Tulane game has junior Brian Young listed as the starter, with junior Ole Miss transfer Nathan Stanley as the backup.
Young played in six games last season, including a pair of starts, while going 86-for-164 for 1,012 yards, four touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Stanley went 28-of-55 for 424 yards and four TDs in two seasons at Ole Miss. He started the Rebels’ season opener against Jacksonville State last year and played in four games.
“I think they both deserve it,” Lucas said of getting both quarterbacks playing time. “You know, Brian has shown great leadership - had a very good spring, shown great leadership through the summer and our offseason program, and has had a good camp. There are things that he does that Nate doesn’t do, but Nate is a really talented young man, and he’s got some big-play capabilities. He’s still learning the offense, so both of them deserve to play, and we’ll see who can move the football, who can move the chains.
“I laugh, (SLU offensive coordinator/offensive line) coach (Allen) Rudolph (says) ?Make it, take it.’ If you score, you stay in, and that’s the way we’re going to go. We’ll see who plays better.”
Lucas also said quarterback Jordan Barnett is out with a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will have surgery next week.
Dealing with the ‘Dome’
Lucas said part of the challenge of playing Tulane comes from playing in the Superdome. But he’s also hoping it’s an aspect of the game his team can deal with.
“I kind of wish you could go down there the day before and practice, you know, to kind of get that out of your system,” Lucas said. “But when we get off the bus, everybody walks out on that field, there’s always an ?ooh, aah’ kind of deal, so we’ve got to get that out of system quick.”
Weary makes move
Sophomore LaTruan Weary, a former walk-on, is listed as the backup to former Springfield standout Zeke Jones at running back on the Lions’ depth chart.
“We’ve got a couple other guys that are as fast as him, but they don’t do as good a job in pass protection,” Lucas said. “We’ve got some guys that are pretty good in pass protection but don’t run as fast as LaTruan, so he’s the combination. ? And I’m happy for him. He’s a guy that walked-on (and) paid his way for two years, so he deserves it.”
The Lion Athletics Association will host a tailgate party on the upper level of Garage 1 at the northeast corner of the Superdome from noon to 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Food and drinks will be provided, and fans are encouraged to bring their favorite tailgating dish.
A caravan will meet at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot adjacent to the Pat Kenelly Diamond and leave at 11 a.m..
Southeastern fans are also encouraged to wear gold.