HAMMOND – Afternoon storms in the Hammond area cut short Southeastern Louisiana University’s football workout as the Lions were forced off the field after 90 minutes on Monday.
The Lions, who open the season on Sept. 1 at SEC newcomer Missouri, worked out for a second day in full gear stressing fundamentals during individual periods while staging their first live 11-on-11 action of camp.
“We got some good work in,” Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts said. “Obviously, practice got cut short and we didn’t get everything we wanted to get done. The work that we did get in, especially when you’re at this stage with live (action), you really need to look at the video before you can tell too much about it. The tempo was good, that’s been good throughout camp.
“But we’re making too many mistakes and at some point, that’s got to stop. We’ve got to able to focus a little more and be able to eliminate mistakes. We got the majority of our stuff in today. We didn’t get to our red zone part, but we’ll get that tomorrow.”
Southeastern will return to practice on Tuesday at 4:50 p.m. The Lions will open two-a-days on Wednesday with the first workout beginning at 7 a.m. in shells before working out in full gear at 4:50 p.m. All practices are open to the public.
With a pair of proven veterans back at punter for the 2012 season along with a pair of solid kickers in Seth Sebastian and Ryan Adams, Southeastern should not see a drop off in production in its kicking game. As a true freshman in 2011, Adams primarily handled the team’s kickoff duties while Sebastian, a former Lafayette High product, handled all field goals and extra points.
Like at nearly every position on the field, both kickers are in a battle for the starting job that is expected to continue throughout camp.
“I’m excited about our kicking situation,” Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts said. “It’s still early, but Ryan Adams has a tremendously strong leg and has been consistently putting the ball in the end zone on kickoffs. And Seth comes in there (on kickoffs) and is getting better with how to approach the ball. He will be a solid kickoff guy as well.
“He’s (Sebastian) been the guy that has the edge on field goals and extra points and has been the most consistent. It’s still a competition, just like at every position. You have to show up every day. What you did yesterday, last week, last year doesn’t matter. It’s what are you going to do tomorrow.”
At punter, senior Beau Mothe led the team in punting in 2009 and 2010 before being replaced by McCormick midway through the 2011 season. Both are locked into a battle that will also continue deep into fall camp.
“Both of them have game experience and have had success on the field,” Roberts said. “The question is who is going to be the most consistent and who is going to give the best opportunity to win the net punting battle. I expect us to be first in the (Southland) conference in net punting average. It’s a battle that is going to go on for a while and I expect good things from both of them.”
The Lions will attend church services near the Southeastern campus on Sunday before holding team and position meetings in the afternoon. The team will hit the field for its fifth workout of fall camp at 4:50 p.m. All practices are open to the public.
Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts announced that practices on Monday and Tuesday, each originally scheduled for 8:30 a.m., have been pushed back to the standard 4:50 p.m. slot the team has used throughout camp.
2012 Southeastern Louisiana University Football Camp Schedule
(all times are subject to change)
August 7 – 4:50 p.m. (Full pads)
August 8 – 8:30 a.m. (Full pads); 6:50 p.m. (Shells)
August 9 – 4:50 p.m. (Full pads)
August 10 – 4:50 p.m. (Full pads)
August 11 – 10 a.m. (Special Teams); 6:50 p.m. (Scrimmage)
August 12 – OFF
August 13 – 3:30 p.m. (Full pads)
August 14 – 3:30 p.m. (Full pads)
August 15 – OFF (Classes begin)
August 16 – 3:15 p.m.
August 17 – 3:15 p.m.; 6-8 p.m. (Fan Day – Downtown Hammond)
August 18 – Noon-2 p.m. (Media Day/Picture Day); 6:50 p.m. (Scrimmage)
August 19 – 6:50 p.m.
August 20 – OFF
August 21 – 3:15 p.m.
August 22 – 3:15 p.m.
August 23 – 6:50 p.m. (Scrimmage)
August 24 – 3:30 p.m. (Situational O/D/ST)
August 25 – 10:30 a.m.
August 26 – 6:50 p.m.