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LA High School Football

Diamond in the Rough: Ni’kendrick Carter, Many High School

Ni’kendrick Carter is a 6’3 225lb Free Safety from Many High School (Many, Louisiana). Ni’kendrick is a highly touted prospect and is one of the top defensive backs in the state for the 2019 class. He is a big bodied safety and a big time playmaker who can come up and deliver a hit at the line of scrimmage. An explosive tackler that combines size and speed. Ni’kendrick possesses great reaction time for the ball and close out speed to be able to stop any play stretched to either side of the field. Carter has great coverage skills, who is tough for anybody in the state to go up against. In Ni’kendrick’s first year playing defense he had 70 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 interceptions, 8 TFL, and was an All-District selection his junior season. Ni’kendrick is a complete back and is ready to help his team to a deep playoff run in 2018.

 

Height: 6’3

Weight: 225

Bench: 250

Squat: 425

Clean: 260

40: 4.6

Shuttle:  4.05

 

 

 

When did you start playing football?

When I was 8 years old in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

What is it that makes you love the game?

I love how it’s such a physical game. Everything about it really, I just love playing football.

Who do you model your gameplay after?

Jamal Adams because I like the way he plays with a high motor. I feel we play with the same mindset.

Growing up, did you play any other sports?

I played basketball but stopped in ninth grade.

What area of your game would you like to improve on this off season?

My explosiveness. Just working on playing the game faster and getting my hips more flexible.

What have you learned from playing football?

I’ve learned that football is all about speed. Speed kills and it gives you a huge advantage on the field.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

They would like my size and that I’m a very good pass rusher. I come in and work hard every day, I’m a leader, and I’m all about brotherhood.

What are your expectations for next season?

Winning a state championship and trying to get all state.

What would you consider your biggest strengths as a football player?

My tackling, size, and covering abilities.

What would your coach say about you?

That I’m a great leader, great kid, hard worker, and great football player.

Diamond in the Rough: John Daigle, Welsh High School

John Daigle is a defensive end from Welsh High School in Welsh, LA. John has violent hands to create disruption and excels in block shedding as he makes tackles all over the field. He had 147 tackles last season to go along with 5 sacks and 7 forced fumbles. He has an aggressive style to his game and never takes a play off. He gets good jumps off the ball and keeps his pads low on contact. Going into his senior year and coming off a state championship win, John is looking to repeat in 2018 and be an experienced vocal leader for the team. Expecting another big year for Daigle and the Welsh Greyhounds.

 

Rating: Size |6| Strength |7| Speed |6| Technique |7| Hands |7|       Overall |6.6|

 

Checkout his highlight film:

https://www.hudl.com/profile/5557122/Johnathan-Daigle

 

 

Height: 6’2

Weight: 245

Bench: 350

Squat: 500

Clean: 285

40 Time: 4.8

GPA: 4.0

ACT: 24

 

When did you start playing football?

When I was about 8 years old I started playing tackle football. It was awesome I got to play with all my friends. We would hang out and just play football all the time.

 

What do love about football?

I love how 11 people come together as one. The team aspect of it. I love how you get to play the game for 4 quarters and nothing else matters you get to just go hard.

 

Growing up did you play any other sports?

I ran and threw in track during junior high and now I just throw for high school. I got first place in district for discuss and shot put.

 

Who could you credit to your success in football?

I would have to say my parents. Ever since I was little they would give me a ball to play with and coach me up. They got me into the game and that’s why I love football.

 

What drives you to be your best day in and day out?

I love the game. I don’t want to stop playing after high school. I want to get more DI offers and continue my dreams of playing at the next level.

 

What would you consider your strengths?

As defensive end I feel like as soon as the snap starts I get extension and can read what play either pass/run quickly.

 

How do you feel your season went for you?

I could have done better. But for our team we did the best we could do. We won state championship in Welch school history. So we accomplished our goals as a team. When we played Kinder we were in a 3rd and long and they tried to run a swoop on my side and I ended up getting a key stop. Another key moment for me was in the semifinal game against Many, they scored a TD and had tried to go for 2 and I stopped them from doing so and killed their momentum.

 

What area of your game you looking to improve on this offseason?

I’ve been working on getting a faster get off. So, I’ve been trying to improve my pass rush skills the most.

 

Have you gone to any camps?

UL, Northwestern and Tulane. I did H back at Tulane which is a new position for me and I got a lot of coaching for that position. At the northwestern St camp Defensive line coach was helping me to get lower and get quicker. I ended up getting an offer from Northwestern. It felt amazing to receive that offer. I plan to go McNeese and ULM.

 

What are your expectations for next season?

My expectations are to go back to the dome with my team and repeat. I just want to go out there with my team and leave it all on the field every Friday night.

 

What would college coaches be most impressed with you about?

I feel like I’m a very coachable. If I did something wrong and the coaches tell me to fix it, I will change it for the next time. I watch a lot of film and see what I did wrong and what I can get better.

 

What would you like to major in while in college?

I want to get a degree in exercise science and then move on to physical therapy.

Diamond in the Rough: Gideon Cuellar, University Lab High School

Gideon Cuellar is a 6’0 205lb Linebacker/ Strong Safety from University Lab High School in Baton Rouge, LA. He is a solid tackler with an aggressive nature that creates problems for offenses. His knowledge at the linebacker position, and excellent read and react skills allow him to come up and make big plays at the line of scrimmage. Gideon also has the speed to cut off runs stretched to the outside. His junior year, he was a 2nd Team All District selection and a key part of University Lab’s championship defense; racking up 70 tackles, 5 sacks, and 13 TFL. He is a talented athlete who plays with a high motor each time he touches the field.  After winning a state championship last season, Gideon is ready to play at a high level and is locked in on helping his team become the first back to back champions in U-High history.

 

Height: 6’0

Weight: 205

Bench: 225

Squat: 400

Clean: 270

40: 4.65

Shuttle: 4.35

GPA: 3.0

 

 

 

When did you start playing football?

When I was 6 with the Southside Patriots.

What is it that makes you love the game?

I have just always had a passion for it. I grew up playing it and I haven’t stopped since.

Who do you model your gameplay after?

Ray Lewis because we play with the same mentality.

What area of your game would you like to improve on this off season?

I would like to improve on film study more. So I can study and react quicker to what the offense will do. Just getting better at reading offenses and watching film.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

My work ethic and how willing I am to do whatever it takes to be the best.

What are your expectations for next season?

I expect to go back to back. Be the best we can be and be the first team in U-High history to go back to back.

What do you want to study in college?

Petroleum engineering.

What would you say are your biggest accomplishments?

Definitely winning the state championship last season.

What have you learned about yourself while playing football?

Learned that I can be as good as I want to be, just depends on how much work I put in.

Who do you look up to and why?

I look up to my mom. She’s a great woman who never gives up and pushes me to be the best.

What would you consider your biggest strengths as a football player?

My willingness to do whatever it takes to win and my work ethic. The work I put in outside of game days; practicing, working out, etc.….

What would your coach say about you?

Would say I’m respectful, coachable, and well raised.

After winning a state championship last season, teams will want to beat you even more. Are you using that as motivation for this season?

Absolutely, we all know there is a target on our backs. Everybody wants us and we want everybody.

Diamond in the Rough: Jacob Gaude, Archbishop Hannan High School

Jacob Gaude is a 6’2 200lb Punter/ Wide Receiver from Archbishop Hannan High School in Covington, LA. Jacob is a big time athlete who has a diverse skillset to his game. He is the punter for Archbishop Hannan and also lines up and plays receiver. In the punting game last season Jacob averaged 40 yards per punt and had a long of 60 through 10 games. Also, he showcased his touch and accuracy, having 7 punts land inside the 10-yard line as a junior, and he was a 2nd Team All District selection in 2017. As a receiver, he knows how to use his size to his advantage on his route running. Jacob uses his size to get free and block off smaller defenders. Jacob has the innate ability to catch jump balls and balls in traffic. He was an honorable mention wide receiver during the 2017 season. Being one of the leaders of his team, Jacob has his eyes on a strong 2018 season with a championship in mind.

 

Height: 6’2

Weight: 200

Bench: 205

Squat: 315

Clean: 235

GPA: 3.5

ACT: 25

 

 

 

 

 

When did you start playing football?

I started playing football my 8th grade year.

What is it that makes you love the game?

The feeling you get from competing and winning. Also just playing with your teammates. There is no sport like football.

Who do you model your gameplay after?

We don’t play the same position but I would have to say Ray Lewis because of his fight and mentality. I loved his day to day love of the game. He always showed 110% effort no matter what the score showed. I believe he was a great leader with a championship mindset.

Growing up, did you play any other sports?

Played baseball and soccer. Still play baseball as our right fielder.

What are you most motivated by?

Making a deep run in the playoffs and finishing with a state championship.

What area of your game would you like to improve on this off season?

I would have to say quickness and my speed. I also want to add 5 to 10 yards extra on my punts.

Have you gone to any camps or plan to?

LA Tech, McNeese, Memphis Mega Camp, and Southern Miss.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

My tall frame and my route running abilities. Also my work ethic and my versatility as a player.

What are your expectations for next season?

To raise the bar that was set by last year’s seniors. The bar was set very high and we have to raise it even higher this year. I’m looking for a deep run into the playoffs and finishing with a state championship.

What do you want to study in college?

Chemical engineering

What would you say are your biggest accomplishments?

Definitely tying the record for best record in school history last season.

What have your learned about yourself while playing football?

Football has taught me many things. I have learned about perseverance and hard work. I learned how to keep going because I can always get better. Also that football is a team game and all of my teammates are my family. I learned about courage and always fighting for every inch and about humility and staying humble in a win or a loss.

Who do you look up to and why?

My head coach because he is a great coach but he is a great person as well. He has tremendous faith and that is important in life. He has taught us all how to be better men.

What would you consider your biggest strengths as a football player?

My size and my versatility.

What would your coach say about you?

That I’m always working on my craft. I’m a very hard worker.

Diamond in the Rough: Lane Armer, Deridder High School

Lane Armer is a 6’0 205lb Quarterback from Deridder High School (Deridder, LA). Lane has tremendous vision and awareness to go along with being a natural born leader on the field. Very quick thinker who can spread the ball all over the field and possesses a natural talent for placing the ball wherever he wants to. Reminds you a lot of a Drew Brees type player with accuracy being a large asset to his game accompanied with the ability to extend plays and throw accurately on the run too. Protects the ball very well, having a 17-4 touchdowns to interceptions ratio in 2017. Was a 2nd Team All District selection as a Junior. Expecting to lead his team to a successful season in 2018 with the playmakers he has by his side.

 

Height: 6’0

Weight: 205

Bench: 270

Squat: 435

Clean: 265

GPA: 4.0

ACT: 27

 

 

 

 

When did you start playing football?

I started playing flag football at 5 years old. Played four years then I didn’t play again until Junior High.

What is it that makes you love the game?

Love how it makes everyone on the team closer. You need everyone out there and everyone needs you. You have to be able to trust in one another and that’s why I love it.

Who do you model your gameplay after?

Tim Tebow because how he gave all glory to god and gave his heart on the field.

Growing up, did you play any other sports?

I played baseball my whole life until my freshman year. I played third base and I pitched.

What area of your game would you like to improve on this off season?

I would like to improve on my run game more. Just keeping the defense on their heels more.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

My coachability. I want to be coached and I want to learn what I’m doing wrong and how to fix it.

What are your expectations for next season?

To go far as a team and I know we can, we have the playmakers to do so. I want to have over 2,000 yards throwing and at least 20 passing touchdowns.

What have your learned about yourself while playing football?

I learned that your brain tells you to stop but your body can handle more. You have to push yourself. I’ve also learned that one man cannot carry a team, it takes every man on the field to do their job in order to be successful.

What would your coach say about you?

That I’m coachable and that I’ve done everything he’s asked of me, listened to him, and learned from him. I’m always eager to keep my teammates motivated. I pick up easily on new concepts and am eager to learn.

Diamond in the Rough: Malik Criner, North Vermillion High School

Malik Criner is a 6’0 185lb Running Back from North Vermillion High School in Maurice, LA. Malik is a gifted athlete and is one of those type of star backs any college coach would love to have on their team. Played Wide Receiver his Freshmen and Sophomore seasons, however made the transfer to running back before the start of his Junior season. An explosive running back that is a threat on any given down to break open a big play with his top notch speed. Excellent vision when running the ball to read the defenders and hit the right gaps. Has great size and strength, making defenders miss consistently and pushes for yards after contact. An elusive and powerful running back who in his junior season rushed for 1,500 yards to go along with 10 touchdowns. In 2017, was selected to 1st Team All District/ All Parish RB and 2nd Team All Acadiana ATH. Malik is a complete back and ready for the next level. A natural playmaker every time he touches the ball, Malik will be looking to lead his team to a successful 2018 season and a deep playoff run.

 

Height: 6’0

Weight: 185

Bench: 190

Squat: 420

40: 4.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When did you start playing football?

Second grade in Gueydan, Louisiana

Who do you model your gameplay after?

Barry Sanders and Emmitt Smith because I feel we run the ball the same. I got a lot of heart just like they do. I believe nobody is going to take me down.

Growing up, did you play any other sports?

I played basketball, baseball, and ran track. I still play basketball as a point guard and shooting guard. I also still run track.

What are you most motivated by?

My teammates motivate me because I know we got each other’s backs. My coaches and parents also motivate me because they are always trying to get me better and doing everything for me.

What attributes do you possess that make you a good teammate?

I am the person that picks my teammates back up when they’re down. I usually teach and show them how the plays work if maybe they don’t understand.

What area of your game would you like to improve on this off season?

Work on my speed and get down to a 4.4. Working on my balance and reaction. Just trying to get bigger and faster.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

My hands because I can catch the ball really well and my athleticism. Vertical is a 35 so I can go up and get jump balls. I have a burst of speed, almost like a second gear and I don’t think anyone can stop me one on one.

What are your expectations for next season?

I want our team to be the best we can possibly be. I want to be district champs, be called the best team in the Acadiana area, and win state.

What would you say are your biggest accomplishments?

Rushing for 1500 yards junior season and being called one of the best players in Acadiana. Also being named Athlete of the Year in the parish.

What have your learned about yourself while playing football?

It has just taught me how to be committed to everything I do. Rather it’s on the football field, in the classroom, doing chores, or helping my family. Really it has taught me how to be a better person in life.

What would you consider your biggest strengths as a football player?

My speed, hand and footwork, and my reaction time. I’m really explosive coming off routes and coming off the line.

What would your coach say about you?

He would say I’m a hard worker in every aspect of my life. I’m a hustler and I don’t give up.

Saints training camp 2018

Full list of open practices:

Saturday, July 28, 8:50-11:40 a.m.

Sunday, July 29, 8:50-11:40 a.m.

Monday, July 30, 8:50-11:40 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 1, 8:50-11:40 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 2, 8:50-11:40 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 4, 8:50-11:40 a.m.

Sunday, Aug, 5, 7-9 p.m. at Tulane University

Saturday, Aug. 11, 8:50-11:40 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 12, 8:50-11:40 a.m.

Sunday, Aug. 19, 8:50-11:40 a.m

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Former Saints Star Darren Sproles plans to retire after the 2018 season.

 

After coming off a torn ACL and a broken arm the the  35-year-old running back published a statement  Sunday afternoon stating he would play for one more season with the Philadelphia Eagles but that this will be his final year in the NFL.

“When my daughter Devyn looked me in the eye and told me I have to play one more year, well, that was it,” Sproles said.

Sproles was forced to sit and watch from the sidelines as the Eagles earned him his first Super Bowl ring. Sproles said he felt like he had unfinished business, most notably on the NFL’s career chart for all-purpose yards, as he sits in eighth place on the list with 19,164 yards, only 836 away from passing Steve Smith, Marshall Faulk and Tim Brown to move into fifth place on the all-time list and becoming just the fifth player in NFL history with more than 20,000 all-purpose yards.

“But I don’t do it for the records,” Sproles wrote. “Yeah, it would be an honor to be mentioned in the same conversation as those guys — but that’s not what’s important. I love this game. I love what I do.”

Diamond in the Rough: Caleb Leach, Many High School

Caleb Leach is a 6’3 210lb Tight End/ Receiver from Many High School (Many, Louisiana). Leach is a big time athlete who has the versatility to be able to line up at either the tight end or slot receiver positions and also thrives on special teams. Is currently ranked as the third best receiver in the state of Louisiana. Caleb has the size, hands, and route running abilities to make for a threat at the passing game on every single play. Excellent ability to split defenders and get open downfield. Knows how to use his size to catch balls in traffic and block out defenders. While on offense, Caleb plays with a defensive mindset; playing very physical and explodes at the point of attack when blocking. Always the motivator, Leach is looking to lead his team to a successful 2018 season.

 

Height: 6’3

Weight: 210

Bench: 230

Squat: 450

Clean: 265

40: 4.7

GPA: 3.0

 

Size: 10

Strength: 9

Speed: 7

Technique: 7

Hands: 8

Overall Grade: 8.2

4 Star Recruit

 

 

 

 

When did you start playing football?

In sixth grade.

Who do you model your gameplay after?

Jason Witten because of his all-around game and the way he can read the line backers so well. He just knows how to get open so efficiently and I feel that we share that quality.

What area of your game would you like to improve on this off-season?

I would like to improve on my speed and staying engaged in blocks downfield more.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

My upbeat attitude and my willingness to learn. I play hard every time I step on the field and I’m always looking to get better.

What kind of student are you in the classroom?

Always paying attention and trying to sink in as much as I can. I want to sink in as much as possible because I know I will use what I learned in high school for college.

What have you learned about yourself while playing football?

That your mind plays a big part of your game. You can’t let your mind control you, you have to learn to control it. Through football I’ve learned to be a man and that pain is only temporary. It has also taught me to have more family even if it isn’t blood.

What would you consider your biggest strengths as a football player?

My ability to split defenders and get open on routes. Also my blocking skills I feel are a huge asset to my game.

What would your coach say about you?

That I play for my team and I’m always hard working. He would say that I’m always the first one to show up and the last one to leave. He would also say that I’m the guy that brings the energy.

Southeastern Names Ross Jenkins Assistant Football Coach

HAMMOND, La.  – Southeastern Louisiana has added Ross Jenkins to its football coaching staff, SLU head coach Frank Scelfo announced on Monday.

Jenkins’ hire is pending approval by the University of Louisiana System’s Board of Supervisors.

Jenkins will work with the special teams and as offensive assistant. A three-year starter at quarterback at Louisiana Tech, the Houston, Texas native returns to Louisiana after multiple coaching stops. During Jenkins’ playing days, Scelfo was his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, building a bond that lasts to this day.

“Ross is one of the best competitors I’ve ever coached,” Scelfo said. “He’s a tremendous leader and we’re excited to have him as a member of our program. Ross possesses all the qualities we’re looking for in an assistant coach.”

Jenkins spent the spring as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator at Lake Erie College in Ohio. Prior to heading to Ohio, he spent five seasons at the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at Wingate University.

During his time at Wingate, he was also in charge of the kick return units and coached all returners. In 2017, one of his charges, BJ Muckelvene, was a second team AFCA All-American selection.

The Bulldogs won the South Atlantic Conference championship last season, ranking 24th in the final national polls after a NCAA Division II playoff appearance. Jenkins also coached wide receiver Jordan Berry to four All-Conference seasons during his time at Wingate.

Prior to Wingate, he spent a season as the wide receivers coach at Murray State. He started his coaching career as a graduate assistant and inside receivers coach at Eastern New Mexico.

“I’m very excited to join the Southeastern program and be a member of Coach Scelfo’s staff,” Jenkins commented. “Coach Scelfo has been one of my biggest supporters and mentors as I’ve entered the coaching ranks. He taught me most of what I know about the game of football and it’s a great opportunity to be able to coach under him. I’m fired up to be back in Louisiana and happy to be a part of the winning tradition at Southeastern.”

A 2010 graduate of Louisiana Tech, Jenkins was a three-time WAC Scholar-Athlete Award winner on the way to earning his bachelor’s degree in business economics. He helped Louisiana Tech to an appearance in the 2008 Independence Bowl – the program’s first in 31 years – and was named the Terry Bradshaw Offensive Player of the Year as a senior.

Jenkins and his wife, Sara, wed in June 2017. The couple resides in Covington.

The Lions will officially report to campus on July 31 with the first practice of fall camp set for August 1. Southeastern opens the 2018 season on Aug. 30 with a 7 p.m. contest at ULM.

SEASON TICKET INFORMATION

For season ticket information, please contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net/tickets. The Lions will welcome conference foes Central Arkansas (Sept. 15), Northwestern State (Sept. 29), Houston Baptist (Oct. 13), Abilene Christian (Oct. 20) and McNeese (Nov. 3).

 

TOUCHDOWN CLUB / S CLUB

Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the football program are encouraged to join the Touchdown Club. Lion football alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letterwinners.

All membership fees and donations to both the Touchdown Club and S Club (football) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern football program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA
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Hometown: Houston, Texas
Education: Louisiana Tech, 2010

Coaching Timeline
2018 – Southeastern Louisiana – Special Teams/Offensive Assistant
2018 – Lake Erie College – Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Recruiting Coordinator

2013-17 – Wingate – Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator

2012 – Murray State – Wide Receivers

2011 – Eastern New Mexico – Graduate Assistant/Inside Receivers

Playing Career
Louisiana Tech, QB

Diamond in the Rough: Marc Dougherty Jr., Jesuit High School

Marc Dougherty Jr. is a 6’0 230lb Linebacker from Jesuit High School in New Orleans, Louisiana. Marc possesses a very high football IQ, and when complimented with his high motor style of play makes for an immense threat to any offense. During one span through the 2017 season, he racked up 50 tackles through 4 games. Great instincts and possesses great skill to be able to make open field tackles. Plays with an aggressive purpose and has a natural ability to read the gaps extremely well, making him a force of a run stopper for Jesuit. Marc has worked his tail off in the off-season and is a leader and ready to lead his team to a big 2018 season.

 

Height: 6’0

Weight: 230

Bench: 315

Squat: 485

Clean: 260

40: 4.9

ACT: 30

 

 

When did you start playing football?

Age of 4 at Lakeview Playground when my dad was the coach.

What is it that makes you love the game?

The team aspect of the game and also the competitiveness. I love lining up against someone and knowing it’s just me against them, no outside noise it just comes down to all the work you put in during the offseason and that week prior.

Who do you model your gameplay after?

Joe Schmidt from Notre Dame. He plays the game with a similar mentality to me and he almost always knows what’s going to happen before it does.

Have you gone to any camps or plan to?

Tulane, Dartmouth, Cornell, and University of Pennsylvania.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

My heart and my leadership separates me from other linebackers. If anybody watches me play I play with a lot of heart and no one works harder than me. I’m always that vocal leader and I make everybody else better.

What are your expectations for next season?

I believe we have a good chance at making a run for state. I expect to lead the team in tackles and make All District. I want to have at least 120 tackles, 5 sacks, 2 interceptions.

What kind of student are you in the classroom?

I work hard in the classroom. I used to carry 3.1 GPA but throughout high school I picked it up to a 3.7. I think that translates to film and why I’m able to study and read film so well. I think I handle it all well playing 3 sports. I’m also on the Executive board for student council.

What do you want to study in college?

Pre-Med or Biology. I want to be a dentist. I’ve already started to shadow people in dentistry.

What would you say are your biggest accomplishments?

Definitely being named team captain. Being named 1 of 5 at Jesuit is so special. It’s something you always look up to since 9th grade, always wanting and then achieving that is amazing.

What have your learned about yourself while playing football?

When adversity hits you have to keep pushing. “You can’t make diamonds without pressure”. It has also taught me to never quit and that I can make others around me better.

What would you consider your biggest strengths as a football player?

My football IQ, I kind of know what’s coming after I look at film. My instinct, my tackling skills in the open field, and also my ability to shed blocks.

What would your coach say about you?

I work hard and I’m a coach’s player. Whatever he needs I give 110 percent all the time. He knows football means more to me than it does a lot of others. And that people know when I’m on the field because of my intensity.

Diamond in the Rough: John Williams, Loyola College Prep.

John Williams is a 6’0 165lb Wide Receiver from Loyola College Preparatory in Shreveport, LA. John is a gifted athlete and is a playmaker at receiver with top class speed. His great speed combined with his vision make him a huge threat on offense and in the return game. Has tremendous hands with the great ability to create open space for himself downfield. John has earned all-district honors in both his Sophomore and Junior seasons and has broken multiple school records throughout his career at Loyola Prep; including having the record for most receptions in a game and in a season. Throughout the 2017 season was nominated for player of the week twice, having won once. Additionally, John was also nominated for 2017 player of the year in Division II. John is an experienced receiver who is looking to lead his team deep into the playoffs in 2018.

 

Height: 6’0

Weight: 165

Bench: 205

Squat: 325

40: 4.47

Shuttle: 4.2

GPA: 3.2

 

 

When did you start playing football?

When I was 5 years old at Evangel Christian Academy.

What is it that makes you love the game?

All the hard work and time that you put in and seeing that payoff is what makes me love the game. Just seeing what you can become makes it all worth it.

What attributes do you possess that make you a good teammate?

I love being a teammate. I’m the team leader and I try to keep the team as a unit inside and outside of the white lines. If you see me most of the time, chances are I’m with my teammates.

Have you gone to any camps or plan to?

University of Central Arkansas, Louisiana tech, and Mississippi Valley State.

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

That I’m an extra coach and leader on the field. I always try to keep everyone in the right mindset. I take care of my school work and am always trying to one up my opponents. I’m always watching film and looking for ways to beat someone or game plans that could work. I have lots of heart and I will never back down.

What are your expectations for next season?

I want to help my team as much as possible and I want us to be District Champions. Personally, I want to eliminate drops and have multiple touchdowns in multiple games. I want to try to have at least three returning touchdowns and also break the rest of the receiving records in the book.

What would you say are your biggest accomplishments?

Just setting and achieving my goals. Putting my name out there and receiving my first DI offer.

What have your learned about yourself while playing football?

One thing I learned about myself is that no matter what I do I have to encourage myself in a positive way, and have short-term memory when bad things happen. Also, that you have to step up when its necessary, you can’t be a selfish person. I’ve learned to play for everyone on the field and not just myself.

What would you consider your biggest strengths as a football player?

My confidence on the field. My confidence is what gives me my edge

What would your coach say about you?

That I’m a silent leader and I lead by example. I’m vocal when I need to be but I lead with my actions.

SLU Places Four on Preseason All-Southland Teams

HAMMOND, La.  – A quartet of Southeastern Louisiana student-athletes was selected to the 2018 Preseason All-Southland Conference Football Teams, which were announced by the league office on Thursday.

Representing the Lions on the All-Southland teams are junior kick returner Juwan Petit-Frere, sophomore running back Marcus Cooper, junior offensive lineman Alfred Beverly and senior linebacker Tamarcus Russell. Petit-Frere was a first team selection, while the other three were named to the second team.

“We’re glad to see these four young men representing us on the All-Southland Conference teams,” SLU head football coach Frank Scelfo said. “We expect all of them to continue to grow during camp and help us win football games this fall. Hopefully all four, plus some of their teammates, will be on the all-conference teams at the end of the season. It’s not where you start, but where you finish that’s important.”

The preseason honor for Petit-Frere is just the latest for the Orlando, Florida native, who has already been named preseason All-America by Athlon Sports and HERO Sports. He’s coming off a sophomore campaign that saw him lead FCS with a kickoff return average of 34.6 – the second-highest in conference and school history.

Petit-Frere was not the only Lion speedster to make an immediate impact in 2017. Cooper led SLU with 646 rushing yards in his freshman campaign out of Rice Consolidated High School. The Altair, Texas native set a new single-season school record with 10.1 yards per carry on the way to being named All-Southland Conference.

Helping to clear the way for Cooper was Beverly, who played all 11 games in his sophomore season. The Beaumont, Texas native was part of an offensive line corps that helped Southeastern rank third nationally with 283.1 rushing yards per game.

Rounding out the preseason All-Southland Southeastern honorees is Russell. The Dadeville, Alabama native posted 24 tackles, five tackles for loss and a forced fumble in his first season with the Lions. The Fresno City College product is expected to take on a bigger role in 2018.

Scelfo, Beverly and junior defensive back Dejion Lynch will represent SLU at the Southland Conference Football Media Days on July 19 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak by the Galleria. The Lion representatives will be on stage at 1:15 p.m. and the entire event will be streamed on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app.

The Lions will officially report to campus on July 31 with the first practice of fall camp set for August 1. Southeastern opens the 2018 season on Aug. 30 with a 7 p.m. contest at ULM.

TICKET INFORMATION

For season ticket information, please contact the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net/tickets.

TOUCHDOWN CLUB / S CLUB

Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the football program are encouraged to join the Touchdown Club. Lion football alums are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is restricted to Southeastern athletic letterwinners.

All membership fees and donations to both the Touchdown Club and S Club (football) are available for the exclusive use of the Southeastern football program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at laa@southeastern.edu or (985) 549-5091 or visiting www.LionUp.com.

 

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2018 Preseason All-Southland Conference Football Teams

 

First Team Offense
Pos. – Name – University – Ht. – Wt. – Cl. – Hometown

QB – Chase Fourcade – Nicholls – 6-0 – 190 – Jr. – Metairie, La.

RB – David Hamm – McNeese – 6-0 – 222 – Sr. – Klein, Texas

RB – Carlos Blackman – Central Arkansas – 6-1 – 228 – Jr. – Gosnell, Ark.

TE/HB – Lawayne Ross – McNeese – 6-0 – 264 – Jr. – Richwood, Texas

WR – Davion Davis – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 180 – Sr. – Hutto, Texas

WR – Nathan Stewart – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 175 – Jr. – Dallas, Texas

WR – Damion Jeanpiere Jr. – Nicholls – 6-1 – 185 – Sr. – Kenner, La.

OL – Mitchell Watanabe – Sam Houston State – 6-4 – 330 – Sr. – San Antonio, Texas

OL – Chandler Arceneaux – Nicholls – 6-5 – 295 – Sr. – Bourg, La.

OL – Ryan Hanley – Nicholls – 6-2 – 290 – Sr. – Metairie, La.

OL – Eric David – Sam Houston State – 6-4 – 282 – Jr. – Richmond, Texas

OL – Tristan Wendt – Sam Houston State – 6-0 – 285 – Sr. – Schulenberg, Texas

AP – Davion Davis – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 180 – Sr. – Hutto, Texas

PK – Gunnar Raborn – McNeese – 5-9 – 174 – Sr. – Lafayette, La.

P – Alex Kjellsten – McNeese – 5-8 – 164 – Sr. – Lake Charles, La.

First Team Defense

DL – Chris Terrell – Central Arkansas – 6-3 – 270 – Jr. – Pensacola, Fla.

DL – Eric Jackson – Central Arkansas – 6-1 – 275 – Sr. – Apopka, Fla.

DL – Sully Laiche – Nicholls – 6-2 – 270 – Jr. – Gramercy, La.

DL – Kenny Dotson – Nicholls – 6-3 – 250 – Sr. – Plaquemine, La.

LB – Allen Pittman – Nicholls – 5-11 – 215 – Jr. – St. Rose, La.

LB – Hezekiah White – Nicholls – 6-0 – 220 – Sr. – Boutte, La.

LB – BJ Blunt – McNeese – 6-1 – 210 – Sr. – New Orleans, La.

DB – Raphael Lewis – Houston Baptist – 6-0 – 182 – Sr. – Elk Grove, Calif.

DB – Alize Ward – Stephen F. Austin – 5-10 – 190 – Jr. – San Diego, Calif.

DB – Corey Abraham – Nicholls – 6-0 – 220 – Sr. – Breaux Bridge, La.

DB – Juan Jackson – Central Arkansas – 5-11 – 190 – Jr. – Gardendale, Ala.

DB – Ahmani Martin – Nicholls – 5-10 – 185 – Sr. – Reserve, La.

KR – Juwan Petit-Frere – Southeastern Louisiana – 5-7 – 170 – Jr. – Orlando, Fla.

PR – Davion Davis – Sam Houston State – 5-11 – 180 – Sr. – Hutto, Texas

Second Team Offense

QB – James Tabary – McNeese – 6-2 – 215 – Sr. – New Orleans, La.
RB – Marcus Cooper – Southeastern Louisiana – 5-8 – 160 – So. – Altair, Texas

RB – Kyran Irvin – Nicholls – 6-1 – 220 – Jr. – Darrow, La.

TE/HB – Josh Nix – Central Arkansas – 6-5 – 255 – So. – Tuscumbia, Ala.

WR – Tamrick Pace – Stephen F. Austin – 6-3 – 195 – Jr. – Brownsboro, Texas

WR – Kody Edwards – UIW – 6-0 – 165 – Sr. – Mesquite, Texas

WR – Dai’jean Dixon – Nicholls – 6-4 – 200 – So. – New Orleans, La.

OL – Alfred Beverly – Southeastern Louisiana – 6-4 – 345 – Jr. – Beaumont, Texas

OL – Adrian Harris – Central Arkansas – 6-4 – 315 – So. – Tyler, Texas

OL – Hunter Watts – Central Arkansas – 6-8 – 320 – Jr. – San Antonio, Texas

OL – Grant Burguillos – McNeese – 6-4 – 281 – Jr. – Mandeville, La.

OL – Eddie Houston – Nicholls – 6-2 – 280 – Sr. – Newton, Miss.

AP – Alize Ward – Stephen F. Austin – 5-10 – 190 – Jr. – San Diego, Calif.

PK – Lorran Fonseca – Nicholls – 5-11 – 185 – Sr. – Hercules, Calif.

P – Caleb Lewallen – Stephen F. Austin – 5-10 – 200 – Sr. – Kingwood, Texas

Second Team Defense

DL – Chris Stewart – Sam Houston State – 6-2 – 270 – Sr. – Petal, Miss.

DL – Chris Livings – McNeese – 6-2 – 210 – Jr. – Lake Charles, La.

DL – Cardell Best – Central Arkansas – 6-3 – 255 – Sr. – Little Elm, Texas

DL – Nathan Grant – Central Arkansas – 6-4 – 245 – So. – Carrollton, Texas

LB – Tamarcus Russell – Southeastern Louisiana – 5-10 – 210 – Sr. – Dadeville, Ala.

LB – Raphael Garner – Central Arkansas – 6-2 – 235 – Sr. – Thomasville, Ala.

LB – Ryan Woods – Stephen F. Austin – 6-0 – 232 – Sr. – Pearland, Texas

DB – Trenton Gordon – Stephen F. Austin – 5-11 – 195 – So. – Rowlett, Texas

DB – Bolu Onifade – Abilene Christian – 6-0 – 185 – So. – Oklahoma City, Okla.

DB – Darion Dunn – McNeese – 6-1 – 180 – So. – Oakdale, La.

DB – Zyon McCollum – Sam Houston State – 6-3 – 180 – So. – Galveston, Texas

DB – Colby Burton – McNeese – 5-10 – 180 – Jr. – League City, Texas

KR – Cedric Battle – Central Arkansas – 5-10 – 180 – Sr. – Wichita Falls, Texas

PR – Zae Giles – Lamar – 5-9 – 177 – Jr. – Austin, Texas

Diamond In The Rough: Nathan Thomas, Chalmette High School

Nathan Thomas is an offensive tackle at Chalmette High School in Chalmette, Louisiana. He is a rising senior in the class of 2019. Nathan has really good mobility for his size. He does a great job of firing off the ball low and getting hands on. After initial contact he does a decent job of getting extension. On combo blocks he comes off well and attacks second level defenders.

 

Height:    6.5 1/4                     

Weight:   270

GPA       3.1

ACT       18

 

Bench    225

Squat     315

Clean     275
Rating: Size |8| Strength |7| Speed |6| Technique |6| Hands |6|                             Overall: |6.6| 4 Star

 

Check out his highlights: https://www.hudl.com/profile/8023548/Nathan-Thomas/about

When did you start playing football?

I started playing football when I was ten years old playing with Mother’s Academy.

 

What is it that makes you love the game?

The excitement of winning. I like to play in big games. Getting the job done is what motivates me on the field.

 

Growing up, did you play any other sports?

I played basketball for a year.

 

What would you consider your strengths as a football player?

One big strength would be that I am smart. I think about the game.Athleticism, getting after the ball, and running after the running back. My third would be my blocking. I can clear a big path for my running back. I feel like I’m quicker off the ball, I have a power punch on first contact. I can also move my feet very well and work up to the second level.

 

How do you feel your previous season went?

For me being a first year starter, I believe it went well. The coaches trusted to run the ball on my side a lot, so I had to do my job because they had a lot of trust in me. Our team made it to the first round of the playoffs with a 7-4 record, but lost unfortunately.

 

What area of your game would you like to improve this off-season?

I am looking to improve my strength and my conditioning. I’m also working on getting faster.

 

Have you gone to any camps or plan to?

I went to the Louisiana Lafayette Camp.

 

What are your expectations for next year?

My expectations personally would to be better as a player both physically and mentally. I would describe myself as an upcoming leader. Team wise, my expectation is to get past the first round of the playoffs. I’m looking forward to playing Holy Cross.

 

What would college coaches be most impressed with about you?

My catching ability is great, but I think they would be most impressed with my blocking.

 

What would you like to major in while in college?

I’d like to major in engineering because I like math and I’m very good withit. I also like science and want to improve in that. I think that any majorthat’s a combination of those two

High School Football Recruiting: Catholic of Pointe Coupee High School

Tyler Smith is a scout and writer for Louisiana Gridiron Football. After 9 years of playing football he is still deeply passionate to the sport and hopes to help young high school athletes get the exposure and opportunity to follow their dreams of playing football at the next level.

Catholic of Pointe Coupee High School is located in New Roads, LA. Last season they finished with a district record of 7-0 and an overall record of 10-2 and lost in the 2nd round of the playoffs for Class IV.

 

Brock Bullara          Size|2| Strength|6| Speed|5| Technique|6| Hands|6| Overall|5|

JR LB

Height: 5.11

Weight: 175

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Tackling Form
  • Decent speed
  • Vision

Negatives

  • Bulk

Overall

Brock has great tackling form and can make plays from sideline to sideline. He has good vision and can shoot the gaps untouched on blitzes. Brock should look to add more bulk and improve his overall speed. Could be a DI FCS or DII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/6027188/5a092b38a0181c08d48ed4c8

 

Andrew Grezaffi          Size|2| Strength|5| Speed|5| Technique|5| Hands|6| Overall|4.6| 

JR RB

Height: 5.10

Weight: 165

3 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Hands
  • Shifty Runner

Negatives

  • Size

Overall

Andrew runs tough for being undersized for a running back. He has good vision with shifty moves to make defenders miss. Also has good hands and catching ability. Andrew runs well on the outside but could look to improve his rushing attack in between the tackles and add some weight this off-season. Could be a DII or JUCO prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5267990/59b385e5bd6a3d238ccc8509

 

Karson Moore          Size|5| Strength|4| Speed|3| Technique|4| Hands|6| Overall|4.4|

JR CB

Height: 6.01

Weight: 155

2 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Read and React Skills
  • Hands

Negatives

  • Size
  • Speed

Overall

Karson has length at 6’1 and plays with good read and react skills. He can come up and make tackles in space and has the hands to get interceptions and pass break ups. Karson should look to add more bulk, and increase his overall speed and strength. Could be a DI FCS or DII prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/7653417/5acfce22420606095c610a7d

 

Zane Kelly         Size|4| Strength|5| Speed|4| Technique|4| Hands|4| Overall|4.2|

JR DE

Height: 5.11

Weight: 197

2 Star Recruit

 

Positives

  • Decent Strength

Negatives

  • Block Shedding
  • Speed

Overall

Zane doesn’t have much film to evaluate on. He has decent strength but is undersized at defensive end. He should look to improve on his hands to get off of blocks more and his overall speed to be a more explosive player. Could be a DIII or JUCO prospect. Here is a link. https://www.hudl.com/video/3/5310061/5a08643e1600420598bbb669

 

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