September 21, 2017
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Tulane Green Wave takes on Army Black Knights: Part 3

Who are some key players on the Knights’ team that the Wave should beware of?

Senior quarterback Ahmad Bradshaw: in 3 games Bradshaw has completed 53 carries for a net of 374 yard and a total of 3 touchdowns. Ahmad’s longest pass play is 71 yards.

Junior runningback Darnell Woolfork: in 3 games Woolfork has completed 46 carries for a net of 260 yards and a total of 4 touchdowns. Darnell’s longest pass play is 39 yards.

Sophomore runningback Kell Walker: in 2 games Walker has completed 13 carries for a net of 98 yards. Kell’s longest pass play is 25 yards.

Junior runningback Andy Davidson: in 3 games Davidson has completed 13 carries for a net of 77 yards and one touchdown. Andy’s longest pass play is 37 yards.

Junior runningback Calen Holt: in 3 games Holt has completed 11 carries for a net of 72 yards. Calen’s longest pass play is 30 yards.

For the team in general:

Army is averaging 30.67 points per game. Currently, the Knight’s passing yardage average per game is 12 and their rushing yardage average per game is 364.7. Clearly this is a running team! Army is also one of the few teams that utilizes the triple option out of the pistol.

Again, these players and stats are just to name a few. Who should be more concerned, Army or Tulane? Our twitter poll is still rolling! (take a look below) Remember to follow us (@LaGridFootball) and cast your vote. I will reveal the final results on Saturday along with the conclusion of the game. Who will win the matchup between the Wave and the Knights?


The Wave is way ahead, will it remain this way? Is this a foreshadow of what’s to come on Saturday?


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Tulane Green Wave takes on the Army Black Knights: Part 2

Who are some key players on the Wave’s team that the Knights should beware of?

  • Senior cornerback Parry Nickerson made his 36th career start, redshirt senior nickelback Jarrod Franklin made his 27th consecutive start and senior defensive lineman Ade Aruna made his 21st straight start, senior running back Dontrell Hilliard made his 17th straight start, redshirt junior offensive lineman Leglue, junior receiver Terren Encalade and sophomore offensive lineman Leeward Brown made their 15th consecutive starts.
  • With his two-yard touchdown run at the 9:30 mark in the first quarter, Hilliard hit the 2,000-yard mark for his career. He is just the 12th running back in school history to eclipse 2,000 career rushing yards.
  • Hilliard’s touchdown was the 20th of his career, cracking the school’s all-time top 10 list for rushing touchdowns.
  • Kuerschen caused a fumble at the 13:00 mark in the first quarter for the second forced fumble in as many games.
  • Redshirt senior Nickelback Jarrod Franklin recovered his first fumble of the season and the third of his career at the 13:00 mark in the first quarter.
  • Senior linebacker Luke Jackson was credited with sack for the third straight game, moving his career total to 4.5 sacks.
  • Sophomore placekicker Merek Glover connected on the first points of his career with two PATs.

For the team in general:

  • The Green Wave has rushed for 100 or more yards in 18 straight games, dating back to the final three games of the 2015 season.
  • In 15 games under head coach Willie Fritz, Tulane has forced a fumble in eight games (six last season and Navy and Oklahoma this season) and had a fumble recovery in eight games (six last season and Navy and Oklahoma this season).

These are stats from Tulane’s previous game against Oklahoma. Courtesy of Tulane’s Department of Athletics Associate Director Eric Hollier.

Last but certainly not least, Army needs to watch out for Tulane’s junior quarterback Johnathan Banks. For his four-touchdown performance in the Wave’s season-opening win over Grambling State, Banks was named Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Offensive Player of the Week for Sept. 5.

These players are just to name a few. Our twitter poll is still rolling! Remember to follow us (@LaGridFootball) and cast your vote. I will reveal the results later this week. Who will win the match-up between the Wave and the Knights?


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BATON ROUGE – Home games against Alabama and Georgia along with a season-opening contest against Miami (Fla.) in Arlington, Texas highlight LSU’s 2018 football schedule.


The Southeastern Conference released the 2018 schedules for all 14 league teams on Tuesday afternoon.


LSU returns to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on September 1st where the Tigers will open the season against Miami (Fla.). LSU plays its home opener the following week, hosting Southeastern Louisiana in Tiger Stadium on September 8th in what will be the first meeting between the teams since 1949.

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The Tigers open conference play on September 15th on the road at Auburn, followed by home games against Louisiana Tech and Ole Miss to round out the month of September.


After a road game at Florida on October 6th, LSU hosts Georgia and Mississippi State before an open date on October 27th.


The month of November begins with LSU hosting Alabama on November 3rd. The Alabama game is followed by a road contests against Arkansas on the 10th, the home finale against Rice on the 17th and the regular season finale at Texas A&M on the 24th.


Notes on LSU’s 2018 Schedule

  • LSU will host Georgia in Tiger Stadium for the first time since 2008. LSU is 5-5-1 all-time against the Bulldogs in Tiger Stadium, which includes a 52-38 Georgia win in 2008.


  • LSU will face Miami (Fla.) in the regular season for the first time since 1988 when the Hurricanes beat the Tigers, 44-3, in Baton Rouge. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron was on the Miami staff for that 1988 game. LSU beat Miami (Fla.), 40-3, the last time the teams met, which came in the 2005 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in Atlanta.


  • LSU and Rice meet for the time since 1995, when the Tigers posted a 52-7 win over the Owls for Homecoming in Tiger Stadium.


  • LSU plays Southeastern Louisiana for just the second time. The only other meeting between the schools located just 47 miles apart came in 1949 when LSU won 48-7 in Tiger Stadium.


2018 LSU Football Schedule

Sept. 1                   vs. Miami (Arlington)

Sept. 8                   SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA

Sept. 15                 at Auburn

Sept. 22                 LOUISIANA TECH

Sept. 29                 OLE MISS

Oct. 6                     at Florida

Oct. 13                   GEORGIA

Oct. 20                   MISSISSIPPI STATE

Oct. 27                   Open Date

Nov. 3                   ALABAMA

Nov. 10                 at Arkansas

Nov. 17                 RICE

Nov. 24                 at Texas A&M


Opening Statement…

ED ORGERON: After reviewing the film, here’s what we came up with. Improvements on defense: Obviously the penalties, again. Four penalties, two targeting. Changed the play of the game, kept drives alive, and we’re going to discuss that today, and guys that created penalties are going to run after practice. Our run fits, option responsibility, and our tackling. Eye discipline with play action pass, gave up two little passes, and edge run, we let too many runs get outside of us.

On offense, penalties again, two of them took touchdowns off the board. Execution, we had three critical drops, one was for a possible touchdown. Decision making at the line of scrimmage, missed assignments.

On special teams, our punt coverage, we gave up a 35-yard punt return, which gave them excellent field position, and execution on our kickoff return. Looking back at last week, at our preparation, one thing that I will demand and we will get better, in our teams periods, our team periods on Tuesday and Wednesday wasn’t as sharp as they need to be, and obviously affected our play.

We’re excited to see our team today. A lot of them were working out at 7:30 (this) morning. A lot of them came in the office yesterday wanting to look at the film, get better and correct their mistakes and press onward to Syracuse.

Onward to Syracuse, first I’d like to say I was very fortunate to work there for three years. Paul Pasqualoni hired me. I learned a lot at Syracuse, a great university, a great educational university. We had a good run there. It’s a school that I respect, a football team that I respect a lot, and very grateful to Syracuse.

On offense, they’re a spread offense, very up tempo, a lot like Missouri was last year. These guys will run plays at a fast pace, will be very challenging for our defense.

They’re averaging almost 500 yards a game, 38 points per game. Top player is a senior wide receiver Steve Ishmael. They like to create a lot of one-on-one with him. He’s a tall receiver, can get up there and get it. Eric Dungey is a very efficient quarterback who can also run the ball as a dual-threat guy. Dontae Strickland is a little running back, can hit the hole very well, has four touchdowns this year.

On defense, they’re a 4-3. They will show a little odd, but they’ve got eight returning starters from last year. They’re giving up about 300 yards a game, only 84 yards rushing, and almost 220 passing. They allowed 18 points per game, which is 36th in the nation. Their 3rd down defense is ranked sixth in the nation with a 16.3 opponent conversion rate, which is pretty good as we all know.


Syracuse defense has also forced four fumbles and three interceptions on the season. They have seven takeaways. Their top players on defense are senior linebacker Parris Bennett, senior middle linebacker Zaire Franklin, and senior free safety Jordan Martin.

On special teams their best units are the kickoff return, average 11th in the nation, and net punt, 42.8 yards.

Again, we’re excited about our meeting today with our players. I know they’ll be excited about watching the tape, correcting the stuff that we need to get better. Our coaches have been working hard, diligently. We’re ready to get this game behind us and press on to Syracuse.

Q. Does losing the game to Mississippi State change your team goals for the season?
ED ORGERON: Well, we only took them one at a time anyway, so I don’t want to put any lofty goals on our guys. We know the expectations at LSU, but we didn’t put any championship goals or win every game. We just wanted to take one game at a time, and obviously win one game at a time.

Q. When there’s a coaching transition like there was with you, you obviously want to get the guys fired up to play behind you and everything, and how do you toe the line between them liking you and also the respect factor with, hey, taking advantage of the coaching staff with penalties and some of the things we’ve seen?
ED ORGERON: Well, I think our team has handled it very well. Any time we’ve disciplined them, they’ve been fine. We discipline them for not going to class or for being late. We’re on time, we’re early now. We discipline for a couple of things. We think we’re more disciplined now than we’ve been in the past, but obviously the penalties are not showing it. It’s an area that we need improvement, and I’m sure we’re going to do it.

Q. Before the game the other day, perhaps a Mississippi State player kind of instigated it, but there was another one of these pregame things like the Florida game last year. Does that bother you?
ED ORGERON: Yeah, it’s something that we want to avoid. From what I heard our players handled it very well. It wasn’t instigated by LSU at all. From what I heard, the people that was there, they backed away from it. But it’s something that we don’t want — I don’t think it was anything like Florida, but that’s a distraction that we don’t want.

Q. You won’t have Donnie for the first half. Who replaces him?
ED ORGERON: We don’t know yet. It’s the beginning of the week. Obviously we’re going to let Tyler Taylor and Jacob Phillips go after it, but we haven’t practiced yet, so we’ll see.

Q. The status of three guys, Ed Alexander, Rashard, obviously, and Kary Vincent, we saw him kind of go out of the game.
ED ORGERON: Yeah, we’re not going to have Ed for this week. We’re going to see if Rashard can practice this week, and I don’t know yet about Kary.

Q. Derrius Guice didn’t play much in the second half or at least late in the game. Is he okay or could you update his status?
ED ORGERON: Yeah, he’s not going to practice today. He had a minor injury. So we’re just protecting him. I think he’s going to be fine, though. But we’re not practicing him.

Q. Danny said after the game that he was going to step up and become more of a vocal leader on this team. Have you identified who the leaders are in the locker room to help you maybe spread your message?
ED ORGERON: We have some guys like John Battle, Christian LaCouture, Greg Gilmore, DJ character, J.D. Moore, Will Clapp, KJ Malone, Derrius Guice, those guys have been fantastic for us. They’re guys that I count on, and probably missed a couple of guys, Rashard Lawrence, believe it or not as a sophomore, is a very vocal leader. So we have a lot of guys that are heading in the right direction on this team.

Q. Are we any closer to seeing Frank Herron play, and I guess why not travel Justin Thomas this weekend?
ED ORGERON: Let me say this to you, okay: I’m not going to talk about that every week, okay. That’s it. And with Justin Thomas, it was just because of the travel limits.

Q. Without Ed, you guys where down to just the one nose tackle. I’ve seen you move Greg around. How much shuffling do you have to do on the defensive line?
ED ORGERON: Well, here’s what we’re hoping, okay; we’re hoping that we can move Greg Gilmore back to nose tackle. Rashard Lawrence may play this week. If he does, we can back up Greg with Glen Logan, who played 56 plays and did pretty good at nose tackle on a — without much of a notice. And I thought Pete Jenkins did an excellent job of coaching him, and behind him will be Neil Farrell, but we’re very thin there, and it’s an area we need to do a better job of recruiting and maybe have to go get a couple junior college guys to help us out there.

Q. Based off of this performance this week, I know you’ve always talked about competition, are you opening up any spots, offense, defense —
ED ORGERON: We haven’t talked about that. We think that the guys that we’ve got are in pretty good shape. Obviously we want to use the rotation, keep our guys fresh, but I don’t think it was a matter of that. We didn’t play well as a whole team. That’s my responsibility. And I’ll take the blame for all of it.

Q. Did you consider playing Myles Brennan on Saturday and might he have a role this week?
ED ORGERON: It never came up that Danny was playing that bad that we need to put Myles in. But I will say this to you, that we’re going to give Myles more reps this week and see if he can play in the next couple of games. We’d love him to play, but that all depends on how the game goes.

Q. You still managed to have zero turnovers so far this season. How are you going to keep that up?
ED ORGERON: I love it. I love the attitude. It’s led by Matt Canada. He does a great job. Our guys are doing a tremendous job of ball security. We’re still plus three in the turnover ratio, was good for us. I think we practice it. Matt starts his practice every day with ball security. We preach it. We still want to get more turnovers on defense, and I think it’s going to help us and make a difference in our season.

Q. Offensively especially in the passing game, it seemed like the running game was very effective and the passing game not so much. Where do you think the disconnect was?
ED ORGERON: Well, we dropped some balls. We dropped one that was for a touchdown. We didn’t hit some passes. We had a lot of one-on-ones that we didn’t catch the ball or the ball was not on the money like they have been the last two games. I think that the pressure was there. We didn’t have a lot of pressure the first two weeks. Their defensive line did a pretty good job, only had one sack, but I think there was eight or nine pressures that affected the throws, the crowd noise, us being behind. The two drops really hurt us on some drives. I think it’s a combination of all those.

Q. Kind of piggy-backing on that, I know you know to win the game you have to win the line of scrimmage, so what was more disappointing for you, the mental busts, whether it be protection issues or defensive assignments, or getting whipped, I guess, physically?
ED ORGERON: Yeah, I think the tackles for loss, the pressures, getting beat one-on-one, which didn’t occur as much as I thought when I watched the game. I went back and watched the film, and our guys did a little bit better than I thought.

On the defensive line, we played pretty good in between the tackles. There was a lot of runs outside the tackles that affected us. We got cut a lot on the perimeter. The one time they were squeezing a block and it bounces out for about 40 yards. It’s a technique deal I coach hard, and it was Arden on that play. Option responsibilities created big holes. So I think that we can shore up the things that were broken, and it wasn’t as much of a physical thing as it was alignment, assignment and technique deal.

Q. Can you appeal a suspension when a player is ejected? I ask specifically about Farrell because it seemed like he fell forward.
ED ORGERON: Yeah, all these things we send them in. We send them in, and we’ll question them, and we’ll see where that goes.

Q. I think it was 80 percent of the plays Arden was on the field, they went the other way.
ED ORGERON: Good game plan.

Q. So how do you have to counter that going forward?
ED ORGERON: Yeah, there’s different things that we can do. There’s things that we can do now that we’ve got Arden back. We only had him for a week, so obviously we didn’t want to put him in three or four different situations, then line-up rules and stuff like that, wanted him to get his cleats in the grass and play. But now that we’ve got him back, now that we have him at practice, we can do a couple of things that they won’t know where he’s lining up according to the formation. But it’s a good point, though.

Q. You said one of the offensive issues was decision making at the line of scrimmage.

Q. Could you elaborate on that?
ED ORGERON: I think it falls on the quarterback, and talking to Matt today, there were some things that we could have done better as far as maybe give the speed sweep, as far as run the ball, counting people in the box, throwing the ball, where to go with the ball. We weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be, so we’ve got to work on those things in practice.

Q. I didn’t get to look at it, I saw it on the field, but it was one of the first times I’ve seen LSU look slower than the defense. Is that Todd’s influence, and do you feel that it’s an area that your team kind of needs to recognize and improve upon?
ED ORGERON: There’s no question. I’ve been talking about Todd Grantham’s influence on this since the spring, and Jeffery Simmons, those guys are good up front. They were good, and they played fast. You’re right, they were at home, they were on fire. I think they played about as good as they can and we played about as bad as we can. That was obvious.

Q. You mentioned Tyler and Jacob inside. What have you seen through the first three weeks from them and what do you want to see in practice when you’re making this decision?
ED ORGERON: Consistency, focus. The linebackers or the quarterback is about defense. We’re getting a lot of formation nowadays, playing option football. There’s a lot of different assignments, a lot of different reads that those guys when you go into the game, according to a formation, we may adjust a defensive lineman in front of you. One time you’ll have the quarterback, one time you’ll have the dive. That was happening too fast. So I think that is experience. The game to slow down, a little bit more studying, more reps, more game-time experience.

Q. The players we spoke to after the game said they were embarrassed by the outcome and everything; do you think that’s a positive for them to get angry about what happened and to maybe use this game as look back on this is where we turned around our season?
ED ORGERON: I do believe that. I do believe this is going to be a turning point for us. It better be. I learned a lesson; we did not prepare as well as we should. We did not play well. It’s my responsibility. I think it’s good that they’re angry. I know the coaches are angry. We’re angry at ourselves. We could have coached better. I know they felt they could have played better, and we can’t underestimate anybody, especially when we’re going into their house. Those guys were on fire.

Q. We’re used to seeing these defensive backs at LSU obviously play really well, but a couple of coverage busts, or so, big touchdowns. What did you see on film from those?
ED ORGERON: Eye discipline. Like I said, eye discipline. When there’s a play action pass — a lot of times we’re counting on our DBs to do a lot. They throw on the run and also play their man man-to-man, but first thing they’ve got is him man-to-man, and a lot of times they were looking in the backfield. And they had a good scheme; it was difficult, but you’ve keep your eye on your man until he blocks. A lot of times they were looking in the backfield and the run bust. Not a lot of times, two times.

Q. Is it normal for players to come in on Sunday and watch as much film? Greg Gilmore talked about getting the D-line in there to watch film on Sunday?
ED ORGERON: Usually you don’t see it much, okay, and obviously that’s voluntary. This is a day off. But there were a lot of guys. Not with the coaches, on their own, doing a lot of things yesterday, which is good. I saw a lot of guys come by, talked to some, and I think that you see leadership coming on. I think those guys are — they’re very focused and detailed on what they want to get accomplished. They were very disappointed in the way we played. The coaches were disappointed. We’ve got some very good coaches on this staff. We didn’t coach our best game since I’ve been here. It was obvious that it happened, and I think that it’s going to motivate us this week and for the rest of the season.

Q. We talk a lot about depth on the defensive line, but what about just across the team? You’ve been on a lot of football teams as a coach. When you look at the depth across the board on this team, how does it compare to others maybe that you’ve been a part of?
ED ORGERON: Well, we need to get more linemen on this football team. We need to get bigger, stronger, faster, and we need to have more depth. That’s why we’re going to have to go into the junior college ranks, get a couple offensive linemen, a couple defensive linemen. I’m glad that we have Breiden Fehoko. I wish Tyler Shelvin was eligible and 40 pounds lighter. I don’t know which one would be easier (laughter), but I think that Tyler is going to lose weight and be a good football player for us next year, and I think Breiden Fehoko is going to be a very good football player.

Tulane Green Wave takes on the Army Black Knights: Part 1

Tulane hosts Army West Point at Yulman Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 23. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. This will be Tulane and Army’s 21st matchup and these two teams share a riveting history.

Photo courtesy of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.


Tulane currently holds the most wins (10), just one more than Army with nine wins. Then, there is that tied game that occurred on October 31, 1953. The Wave’s largest margin of victory took place in 1997; the final score was 41-0. The Knight’s largest margin of victory happened in 2011; the final score was 45-6. The longest winning streak for both teams is three games. Tulane’s winning streak lasted from 1997 to 1999. Army’s winning streak began in 2000 and ended in 2002. Tulane has participated in 11 bowl games while Army has been in six bowl games. When it comes to the NFL, The Wave has produced 139 NFL draft picks, five being first-round draft picks. The Knights have produced 26 draft picks, three being first-round draft picks.


The last time these two met on the gridiron was November 14, 2015. The Green Wave left Michie Stadium with a 34-31 victory. The game was tied 31-31 and with just 1:53 left on the clock, Tulane’s Andrew DiRocco secured the victory with a 35-yard field goal. My question to you all is who will win this Saturday’s matchup? We have a poll on our twitter page (LaGridFootball) that you have access to vote all week. Let us know what you think!


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Saint Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Florida), with 12 players, tops the list of high schools with the most players on 2017 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters, the NFL announced today.

NFL players hail from 1,363 high schools in 46 states and the District of Columbia, seven countries and a U.S. territory (American Samoa). The totals are based on the 1,695 men on Kickoff Weekend rosters.


High School, City, State Number NFL Players
Saint Thomas Aquinas, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 12 Geno Atkins, CIN; Giovani Bernard, CIN; Joey Bosa, LAC; Phillip Dorsett, NE; Marcus Gilbert, PIT; Bobby Hart, NYG; Lamarcus Joyner, LAR; Brandon Linder, JAX; Michael Palardy, CAR; Jake Rudock, DET; James White, NE; Sam Young, MIA
Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA 7 Jayon Brown, TEN; Jurrell Casey, TEN; Kaelin Clay, BUF; DeSean Jackson, TB; Marcedes Lewis, JAX; Jamize Olawale, OAK; JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT
Glades Central High School, Belle Glade, FL 6 Kelvin Benjamin, CAR; Travis Benjamin, LAC; Jatavis Brown, LAC; Cre’von LeBlanc, CHI; Deonte Thompson, CHI; Clive Walford, OAK
Glenville High School, Cleveland, OH 6 Frank Clark, SEA; Jayrone Elliott, DAL; Ted Ginn, Jr., NO; Willie Henry, BAL; Cardale Jones, LAC; Marshon Lattimore, NO
Chandler High School, Chandler, AZ 5 Brett Hundley, GB; Cameron Jordan, NO; Paul Perkins, NYG; William Poehls, JAX; Markus Wheaton, CHI
Colton High School, Colton, CA 5 Nat Berhe, NYG; Tyler Ervin, HOU; Jimmy Smith, BAL; Daniel Sorensen, KC; Shareece Wright, BUF
Crenshaw High School, Los Angeles, CA 5 Dominique Hatfield, LAR; Marcus Martin, CLE; Brandon Mebane, LAC; Hayes Pullard, LAC; De’Anthony Thomas, KC
Lakewood High School, St. Petersburg, FL 5 Rodney Adams, MIN; Dante Fowler, Jr., JAX; Shaquill Griffin, SEA; Austin Reiter, CLE; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, NYG
West Monroe High School, West Monroe, LA 5 Michael Hunter, NYG; Barkevious Mingo, IND; Cam Robinson, JAX; Andrew Whitworth, LAR; Xavier Woods, DAL
Woodland Hills High School, Pittsburgh, PA 5 Rob Gronkowski, NE; Quinton Jefferson, LAR; Rontez Miles, NYJ; Lafayette Pitts, JAX; Ejuan Price, LAR


11 high schools have four players each in the NFL this year. 40 schools boast three NFLers, while 168 have two players apiece:

High School, City, State NFL Players High School, City, State NFL Players
De La Salle Catholic High School, Concard, CA 4 Miami Northwestern High School, Miami, FL 4
Elder High School, Cincinnati, OH 4 Pickerington High School Central, Pickerington, OH 4
Lakeland High School, Lakeland, FL 4 Servite High School, Anaheim, CA 4
Mansfield High School, Mansfield, TX 4 Timpview High School, Provo, UT 4
Miami Central High School, Miami, FL 4 Westlake High School, Austin, TX 4
Miami Norland High School, Miami Gardens, FL 4
Number of high schools with 3 NFL players: 40
Number of high schools with 2 NFL players: 168
Number of high schools with 1 NFL player: 1,134

HOME STATES:  Florida tops the list of states with the most NFL players (212), followed by California (191) and Texas (179):

State NFL Players State NFL Players
Florida 212 Pennsylvania 59
California 191 New Jersey 52
Texas 179 South Carolina 52
Georgia 120 North Carolina 49
Ohio 82 Illinois 41
Alabama 62 Michigan 40
Louisiana 59 Virginia 38


HOMETOWNS:  Miami heads the list of hometowns with the most players (25), followed by Houston (17), Fort Lauderdale (15) and Cincinnati (14):



​Hometown NFL Players Hometown NFL Players
Miami, FL 25 Las Vegas, NV 11
Houston, TX 17 New Orleans, LA 11
Fort Lauderdale, FL 15 Tampa, FL 11
Cincinnati, OH 14 Birmingham, AL 10
Pittsburgh, PA 12 Dallas, TX 10
Washington, DC 12 Detroit, MI 10
Cleveland, OH 11 Los Angeles, CA 10

:  The District of Columbia, with one NFL player for every 54,702 residents, leads the list of NFL players per capita. Louisiana (one in 76,837) and Alabama (one in 77,093) round out the top three. The national average is one NFL player per 184,546 U.S. residents.


State Population * NFL Players NFL Players Per Capita
District of Columbia 601,723 11 1 NFL player per 54,702 people
Louisiana 4,533,372 59 1 NFL player per 76,837 people
Alabama 4,779,736 62 1 NFL player per 77,093 people
Georgia 9,687,653 120 1 NFL player per 80,730 people
Florida 18,801,310 212 1 NFL player per 88,685 people
South Carolina 4,625,364 52 1 NFL player per 88,949 people
Mississippi 2,967,297 24 1 NFL player per 123,637 people
Hawaii 1,360,301 11 1 NFL player per 123,664 people
Texas 25,145,561 179 1 NFL player per 140,478 people
Ohio 11,536,504 82 1 NFL player per 140,689 people
United States 308,745,538 1,673   1 NFL player per 184,546 people
* Based on most recent published U.S. Census Data (2010).

NOTE To obtain a complete list of NFL players’ high schools, states and hometowns, click here


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UTSA Roadrunners Defeat the Southern Jaguars 51-17

The Southern Jaguars traveled to the Alamodome to take on the UTSA Roadrunners this past Saturday night. The Jaguars went into the game optimistic at 1-1 in the season after being defeated by Southern Mississippi 45-0, last weekend. However, the Jags weren’t able to come out on top against UT – San Antonio.

Blown coverages have led to easy touchdowns that could have been prevented against SU’s opponents these last two weeks. Which may be the reason, Southern has lost their last two games. Southern coach Dawson Odums said “The guys got to be on the same page. You can’t blow coverages and it seems like we left them wide open.” On the first score of the game, UTSA receiver Kerry Thomas ran straight behind Southern’s secondary easily running under a high arching pass for a score. Later in the same half, Shaq Williams was left uncovered on a wheel route. Therefore, there has been a recurring issue of players leaving their assigned area. If the Jaguars can tackle this problem, then they will be able to make team’s put in work to take them out and will be able to finish on top.

Another part of the issue, Odums said, was that Southern was alternating several players in and out of the secondary in hopes of getting through the game with their key players healthy. Which threw the on-field chemistry off. “I feel like all 11 people on the field need to know the call,” said senior defensive back Danny Johnson. “Once this happens, we’ll be in a better position to make plays.”

Southern has been struggling to hold on to the ball, Saturday the Jags had at least five drops and a couple occurred in crucial situations. Coach Odums believes this can’t happen when you’re trying to get two freshmen at quarterback into a rhythm. “You’ve got to make plays for them, especially when they’re young, you’ve got to make plays,” Odums said. “That just destroys your rhythm on offense when you have drops, because a lot of those drops are on plays that could be positive plays.”

The Southern Jaguars have a group of men who are undeniably talented. But, the Jags will have to stay focused and make plays if they wish to come out with a win. Southern’s defense will need to step up as they move forward. Defensively, the Jaguars must put a stop to explosive plays! In addition to this, Southern needs to strengthen their on-field chemistry and make sure that everyone is on the same page so they can bring the Jaguar Nation another win. Let’s go Jags!

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Is it time for the Tigers to thow in the towel?

On Saturday LSU had their worst loss since the 2014 season. LSU lost to the Mississippi State Bulldogs by a score of 37 to 7. The Tiger defense gave up 180 yards in the air with two passing touchdowns to Fitzgerald and another 146 yards on the ground to Williams. Fitzgerald also had 88 yards rushing. LSU also had 9 penalties for 112 yards plus two defensive players being ejected in the third quarter.

While that all sounds bad, I look at it this way LSU is a young team. This loss makes a great learning experience for both coaches and players alike. Coach Orgeron is going to use this film for the remainder of the season as an example of what not to do. Dropped passes, missed blocking assignments, tageting, offensive pass interference, and letting your emotions run wild can all contribute to a loss. While bad calls cost the Tigers 14 points, bad calls are just part of the game no matter what team you are on.

One of the things Coach O expressed early this week was that he wanted to keep emotions in check. He brought in referees during the week to help control the amount of penalties. But sometimes it is hard to create the emotion of a game with 60,000 cowbells.  Even with Coach Orgeron’s preparations this past week, the young tigers were unable to settle down on the field.

The next two weeks will be a work in progress with back to back home games against Syracuse and Troy before traveling to the Swamp to play Florida.

A loss at this time of the season and to a team like Mississippi State (who will not beat Bama, Arkansas, or Auburn) will not hurt the Tigers later in the season. The Tigers need to use this loss as a learning process and move on. If the Tigers can put together a nine game winning streak, they will have a seat in the playoffs.

In addition to losing early in the season, one of the positives of this game was that there were no turnovers. In a game that nothing went right, no turnovers is a huge achievement. In a game where emotions were high, Etling remained composed, made good decisions, and did not try to force anything which would have risked an interception. Under the Senior quarterbacks leadership, the tigers will grow and mature this season which can only be a good thing for tiger fans. Geaux Tigers!!!

Cowboys Cruise Past Cats

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Sep. 16, 2017 Football

Box Score 

In their first road trip of the Justin Charles era, the Louisiana College football team faced off with the number eight ranked Hardin-Simmons Cowboys at Shelton Stadium in Abilene, Texas. After a closely contested first quarter, the Cowboys were able to convert three consecutive drives in the second quarter into touchdowns and rolled to a 55-10 victory over the Wildcats. LC falls to 1-1 (0-1) on the season while HSU improves to 2-0 (1-0) this year.

The defenses controlled play through the first 10 plus minutes of the game, with neither team providing any significant scoring threat. The Wildcats got closest to the opponents goal line, getting the ball to the HSU 31 yard line, until the offense of the Cowboys was able to hit a big play with less than a minute left in the opening quarter. A 76-yard touchdown pass put the home team on top 7-0 at the end of the first, stunning the Wildcats in the process.

The quarter ended with an LC interception, that put the ball at the Wildcat 23 yard line to start the explosive HSU second quarter. They converted the turnover into another touchdown on a 17-yard pass less than two minutes into the quarter, to take a two score lead. The Wildcat defense stood tall on the next two drives, including Orel Ledet, Jr. picking off a Landry Turner pass, but LC was unable to turn it into any points, punting four plays later.

After the Wildcat punt following the turnover, the Cowboys scored on three straight possessions, all on passes over 10-yards in length, to put the home team ahead 34-0 at the end of the first half. The Cowboys racked up over 350 yards of offense in the first half and scored five touchdowns compared just 119 yards for the Wildcats.

The Cowboy offense continued to roll in the second half as they had touchdown drives of 57-yards, and two separate 83-yard scoring drives to secure their second win of the season. The Wildcats scored their only points of the game in the fourth quarter. A 13-play, 72-yard drive ended at the HSU 11 yard line and with a field goal off the right foot of junior Curtis Sebren.

The lone touchdown drive of the game for the Wildcat came two possessions later as freshman Wayne Griffin engineered another lengthy effort for the Cats. This time a 15-play, 78-yard drive ended with a 29-yard touchdown pass to senior Riley DiMaggio, his first touchdown catch of the young season.

The Wildcats finished with 299 total yards of offense, 113 of it on the ground and 186 through the air. Even though LC held the advantage in time of possession in the game, they were only 8-for-24 on third down attempts while HSU went 5-for-9 on the day.

“When you play a good team you have to be able to execute,” Coach Charles said. “We were able to do that for most of the first quarter but the second quarter we weren’t, and against a good team like Hardin-Simmons, they’re going to make you pay.”

Freshman Wayne Griffin finished 11-for-28 passing for 102 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions. Le’Vonte Owens led the Wildcats on the ground with 60 yards on nine carries, and Leondre James led the Wildcat receivers with nine catches for 77 yards, DiMaggio scored the only touchdown for LC in the game, adding three other receptions for 38 yards.

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Sooners roll past The Green Wave, 54-17

Tonight was Tulane’s first time playing a team ranked as high as number 2 since 2007. The Wave started out strong forcing a turnover on Oklahoma’s opening drive. Brantley, making his third career start, completed a seven-yard pass to junior wide receiver Jabril Clewis on the first play. From that pass came an eight-play, 65-yard drive that resulted in a two-yard touchdown run by senior running back Dontrell Hilliard giving the Wave a 7-0 lead. Tulane responded with another scoring drive after the Sooners tied the game. In nine plays, the Wave offense drove 75 yards. Brantley darted the final 14 yards to the end zone, bringing the score to 14-7 with 4:28 to play in the first quarter. At the end of the first quarter, the game was tied 14-14. The Sooners scored twice in the second quarter to take a 28-14 lead into halftime. In the first half, the Wave totaled 224 yards of offense. Oklahoma scored four times in the second half, including three fourth-quarter touchdowns, to reach the final score of 54-17.

With his two-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, Hilliard hit the 2,000-yard mark for his career. He now has 2,065 career yards making him the 12th running back in school history to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards. Congrats Hilliard!


“We were running inside zone quite a bit and had some nice seams,” Tulane head coach Willie Fritz said. “The few times that they would squeeze it, we would do pretty well with running the quarterback and running the ball as well. It looked good early, but they made some adjustments and started bringing more people. In the second half, it was corner blitzes and just having a few more people that we couldn’t account for at the point of attack.”

“I think this is a game that in six or seven weeks it can help you out at a little bit,” Fritz said. “Playing a quality opponent, you learn you just have to keep fighting and keep battling, I thought we did a good job of that in the first half. There’s ebbs and flows in a game, and when things aren’t going your way you just have to keep playing and fighting. That’s what we’re teaching our guys.”


Coach Fritz remains two wins away from reaching 200 for his coaching career. This may change as the Green Wave returns home to host Army West Point Saturday, Sept. 23, at Yulman Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. on CBS Sports Network.


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Southeastern falls to UCA, 38-6

Coming off a home lost to Bethune-Cookman, the Southeastern Lions were on the road to take on No. 14 Central Arkansas. The UCA Bears were too much for the Lions, finishing with 431 yards of offense to extend their win streak against Southeastern to three.


Southeastern decided to switch things up by changing their starting quarterback with Senior Micah Thomas making his first start of the season. Three quarterbacks played in all for the Lions, with Lorenzo Nunuz and Byron Walker also taking snaps under center.


UCA took a 14-point lead midway through the second quarter with Kierre Crossley scoring the first of his two touchdowns on the night. Crossley finished with 81 yards on 10 attempts and two TD’s. Southeastern would respond with a 79-yard return on the ensuing kickoff to set up the Lion’s offense at the 13-yard line. Unfortunately, the Lions would only be able to kick a field goal to get the Lions on the scoreboard.


UCA would go onto to score 21 straight points in the third quarter to put the game out of reach. They were led by quarterback Hayden Hildebrand, who went 13-20 for 259 yards and a TD.


Southeastern was once again able to have success running the ball finishing with 195 yards on the ground with Eugene Bethea and Julius Maracalin getting 14 and 16 attempts, respectfully. Southeastern was one-dimensional only attempting a total of 13 passes for 84 yards.


Freshman QB Byron Walker did lead the Lions down the field to kick a second field goal on his first drive of his college career. Hopefully it is a good sign of things to come for the Lions.


Southeastern returns home next week to face Lamar University at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond.

What Coach Ed Orgeron has to say about LSU’s upcoming match against Mississippi State

Coach Orgeron was in good spirits at today’s press conference. After a 45-10 victory over Chattanooga this past Saturday, I would be happy too! I am sure for Coach O and the football players, Saturday was just another well-deserved win in the books and now it is time to focus on more important matters: SEC week. Today the LSU football team begins their SEC development in practice as they prepare to compete against Mississippi State in Starkville, Miss. on Saturday night. Coach Oregon discussed lineups, injuries, and their expectations from the Bulldogs.


Here are a few statements from Coach O:

“It seems like we’re getting into the season now. It’s cranking up. We were very excited to walk down that Tiger Walk for our first game. I want to thank the fans. It was a great, electric atmosphere. We were pleased that we won the game. We’ve got some things we need to fix. But there were things we were pleased about”.

“Special teams, obviously, the punt return touchdown by D.J. [Chark]. Obviously, we need to fix our field goal unit and we’re going to work on it very hard this week. There won’t be different guys. Those are the guys we have. But we’re going to try different techniques”.

“Arden Key has been cleared for play this week. We’re going to play him as much as we can. We’ll see this week what he can do”.

“We’re plus-three in the turnover margin. That’s one of the things we wanted to get better at. And we’ve got to keep it up against a very tough Mississippi State defense”.

“Most of our guys are healthy. I don’t know if Rashard Lawrence will play this week. I don’t even know how much he’ll practice this week. But we’re fired up to have Arden Key back”.

“Jack Marucci does tests. Arden had to pass a couple of tests here and there. Every week he was getting closer and closer to our target. We had planned the whole time that we thought this was the game he’d be ready to be back. He’s a little bit heavier than he was last year, so he’ll need to get in game shape. He’s been doing drills. Now he’ll be doing team work. We’ll see what he can do. But K’Lavon Chaisson is a very formidable backup. We’ll see what he can do in his condition”.

Coach Orgeron also paid his respects to Mississippi State’s football team and their staff:

“I have a lot of respect for Mississippi State. The year I took off, I spent some time with Dan Mullen. I have the utmost respect for the way he recruits and the way he runs his program. I think the biggest thing about their staff is they hired Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator. You can see that he’s making a difference in their football team. His pass defense is No. 1 in the SEC”.

“Their special teams and kickoff return is good. Field goals is 2 of 4 on field-goal attempts, but he’s had two blocked”.

“The year before I got here, at halftime Mississippi State had 200 yards running between the tackles. We try to eliminate that in our game plan. We’ve got to do the same thing this year. Obviously if Rashard Lawrence doesn’t play, we’ll need to move some guys around”.

“I wanted to get Jeffrey Simmons. He was one of my No. 1 guys on the board. He’s a difference-maker. He’s blocked a punt already. Got a couple of sacks. Ten tackles and a tackle for loss. He’s a first-round pick. We’ve got to know where he’s at at all times. He’s a challenge for our guys. When I went to Mississippi State three summers ago, I was amazed with their size on defense. They might have 5-stars, but they might also have 2-stars from the Delta that no one has heard of who gains 30 pounds and they’re stars”.

As far as preparation for this game:

“I kind of like playing on the road because on Tuesdays we get our John Deere tractor and we put it right behind the offense and we play their fight songs and cowbells. I respect Mississippi State. The last time I was in that stadium, I was really impressed. It’s going to fire up our guys. But we need to get our snap count down and get experience”.

“We look at the techniques other teams use on strip attempts, interceptions. How many men pressuring? Where are they? We do a good enough job of creating turnovers. But it’s the strip attempt. I think the more attempts you get, the more turnovers you get. We have a goal of creating three turnovers per practice. And most of the camp we’ve done that. We studied film, we studied teams.”

“Most of our guys are healthy. I don’t know if Rashard Lawrence will play this week. I don’t even know how much he’ll practice this week. But we’re fired up to have Arden Key back”.

“I believe we have enough veteran players and we have the ability to respond with the deep ball if we ever get behind. We can run the ball and we have a defense. Look at Mississippi State in the last two years. We’ve been up on them and they came back late. This is going to be a close battle”.

“It’s been a great journey. Whatever happens, it happens for a reason. I’ll move on to the next day. I should’ve punted the ball [10 years ago while coaching Ole Miss against Mississippi State]. That’s why I have mentors now. I ask them what they think. Those are the things you learn from. That was not a very good call. But I’m very appreciative to be at LSU. [If that happens again] I’m punting. I want to keep this job”.


Looking forward to seeing what Coach O and the Tigers have in store for us this Saturday. If the players can maintain the momentum and energy they have displayed in the previous two games and work on the things they need to fix, this should be a breeze. Geaux Tigers!

Diamond in the Rough: Daylon Richard

People from the smallest towns have the biggest dreams. They consciously decide what they want, work hard, and go after it. Most importantly, they remain humble and thankful for all opportunities—big or small. West St. Mary’s Daylon Richard is a perfect example of my aforementioned sentiments. Richard is a junior at West St. Mary, located in Baldwin Louisiana, and maintains a 3.4 gpa. Daylon stands 6’0” and weighs 156 pounds. He benches 160 lbs, squats 235 lbs, and dead-lifts 175 lbs. Richard is a versatile player as he holds the positions of wide receiver, corner back, punt return, and kick return on the Wolfpack’s roster. Daylon also plays basketball, baseball, and runs track. Do not allow numbers to deter you from recognizing talent; take a look at his Hudl:

When I asked Daylon why does he play football, his answer was “I play football because it’s helping me to become a responsible young man”. He further explained that he dreams to one day put his family in a better position economically by playing the sport he loves. Richard’s favorite football players are Dez Bryant and Patrick Peterson. I asked Daylon is there anyone he looks up to and he mentioned Jontrey Tillman. Tillman is another Baldwin native who originally signed with the University of Houston but went on to play for McNeese State; he completed 2 seasons with the Cowboys and now mentors Richard along with many other young athletes from his hometown area.

Richard plans to attend a college that not only tailors to his football career but also fits his academic aspirations as well. He wants to attend college to major in chemical engineering. Daylon’s future goals are to receive his doctorate’s degree, be inducted into the hall of fame, and own his own business. Believe me when I say, small town=big dreams.

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As far as obstacles Richard has had to overcome, he stated “when I first started playing football, the only problem I had was I wasn’t the strongest. What I did have was natural talent and the mindset of an athlete. I worked hard to become better and better. If you visit my social media pages you can see exactly how hard I’ve worked to get where I am now. I’ve prayed to God for moments like this. I constantly thank him for giving me the ability to play sports because that is what I am passionate about”. That statement gave me the clarity I needed to understand why they call him the “Humble Beast”.

It was a pleasure interviewing Richard. I look forward to seeing what he and the Wolfpack accomplish this season! Good luck and sustain that humble but hungry personality, Daylon!


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The Wave Falls Short at Navy, 21-23

The Green Wave fell short with a score of 23-21 against Navy in its American Athletic Conference opener Saturday afternoon, but they did not go out without a fight.

Senior cornerback Parry Nickerson secured his first interception of the season on Navy’s first possession of the game. After the Midshipmen drove 62 yards, including a 54-yard run by quarterback Zach Abey, Nickerson picked off Abey’s third down pass at the 2 and returned it to the 10-yard line. However, Tulane was forced to punt and Navy drove 63 yards in three plays. One play was a 52-yard pass from Abey to Darryl Bonner giving the Midshipmen a 7-0 lead.

In the second quarter, Junior safety Roderic Teamer Jr. recovered a fumble caused by senior linebacker Rae Juan Marbley, and tied the game 7-7 with a 52-yard touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Johnathan Brantley entered the game after junior starter Jonathan Banks was injured. Brantley rushed nine times for 73 yards, a team high, and a touchdown giving The Wave a 13-7 lead. Navy answered with a 79-yard pass from Zach Abey to Tyler Carmona on the second play of the ensuing drive to take a 14-13 lead with the point-after. The Midshipmen held onto the one-point lead as the first half came to an end.

Early in the third quarter, Navy increased its 14-13 halftime lead to 23-13. After a Green Wave punt, the Midshipmen drove 42 yards in nine plays with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter. In response to the early play by Navy, the Tulane defense stepped up and forced the Midshipmen to punt after five plays. The Green Wave then drove 83 yards in 16 plays bringing the score to 23-21. Dontrell Hilliard successfully converted a fourth-and-one opportunity. After Brantley completed a 24-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Darnell Mooney, Hilliard ran for 11 yards on fourth down to continue the drive. Hilliard then dove into the end zone for a one-yard score. Junior tight end Charles Jones II caught a pass from Brantley and dove at the front pylon for the two-point conversion.

The Wave attempted to convert on fourth down on its next two possessions, but were not successful either times. Tulane then stopped Navy on third-and-7 to force a punt, but there were too many men on the field on the punt. The punt would have given Tulane the ball with about 2:00 remaining. Navy converted on fourth-and-short and let the time run out.

Tulane fought hard and stepped up to make sure they did not fall too short. “I thought our guys really fought back,” head coach Willie Fritz said. “We had some big plays in there that we converted to get back in the ballgame, which was great. I’m proud of the guys and their effort, and everything else. But I would have liked to have the opportunity to see what we could have done there at the end. It would have been tough but I would have liked to have that opportunity.” We are also proud of The Wave for their determination and keeping their heads in the game! The Green Wave are on the road again next week, traveling to Norman, Okla., to take on Oklahoma. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. on Fox Sports Oklahoma and


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Turnovers doom Southeastern in loss to Bethune-Cookman

The home opener in Hammond was the first meeting between the Lions and the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats. The timing couldn’t have been better for the Wildcats as they left Daytona Beach, FL as hurricane Irma is set to go through the entire state of Florida. As far as football, the Wildcats came out strong scoring touchdowns on their first two drives of the game and putting the Lions in a quick 14-3 hole at the end of the first.


Bethune-Cookman allowed the Lions to try and get back into the game in the second quarter, but the Lions were only able to get two field goals.


It was a sloppy game on both sides with the two teams combining for 24 penalties on 349 yards. On the first play of the second quarter, Wildcats QB fumbled and it was recovered by Southeastern at the Wildcats’ 9-yard line. That resulted in the first of two, second quarter field goals. Wildcats’ QB Larry Brihm had a good 1st half, except for the fumble, going 14-21 for 241 yards and a TD. Lions QB Donovan Isom struggled in the first half going 8-15 with 2 INT’s.


“Yea, I know they had a ton of penalties. And we had what 10? 10 for 85. And a lot of them came at some inopportune times that really assisted some drives and kept some drives alive for them,” said Coach Roberts. “You’re supposed to get off the field and we don’t. So its just not clean football and its not real smart football. I would like to watch the film before I say too much, but that’s not what I expected this Saturday.”


Midway through the fourth quarter, BCU scored on a 2-yard TD pass from Larry Brihm to Jawill Davis, to take a 21-16 lead. On the ensuing kickoff the Lions’ Juwann Petit-Frere took it 92-yards to the house to give the Lions a 23-21 lead in the fourth quarter.


But the Wildcats would not be denied and on the drive after the kickoff return for a TD, the wildcats engineered an 11-play, 72-yard TD drive to take the lead for good. Wildcats QB Larry Brihim led the way going 25-39, 2 TD, 1 INT and 2 fumbles. WR J. Davis had 7 receptions for 138 yards and WR K. Mitchell had 6 receptions for 125 yards for the wildcats.


The Lion’s offense struggled only gaining 291 total yards but did run the ball well rushing for 198 yards. QB Donovan Isom passed for 93 yards on 11-23 attempts and through three interceptions. Coach Roberts talked about the turnovers after the game.


“Its hard to win when you turn the ball over. When you lose the turnover battle its tough and it’s not an easy thing to overcome. We have to do a better job and take care of the ball,” said Coach Roberts.


It was a tough day for the Lions and puts them with a 0-2 record to start the season. Coach Roberts was not so much worried about the loss, but more about his team’s effort tonight.


“Obviously a disappointing loss. Not the win or loss but disappointed in the way we played. Too many mistakes, too many missed opportunities and we did not make the jump in consistency that I was hoping from week one to week two. We had opportunities in the second half to put it away and we just couldn’t finish it.


Southeastern will look to bounce back next week when they travel to face Central Arkansas.

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