HAMMOND – The Southeastern Louisiana University football team returned to practice on Wednesday as the Lions worked out in full gear for two hours on the Southeastern Practice Fields.
The Lions, who completed their fifth of 15 practices this spring, continued to install their offensive and defensive schemes while the Southeastern coaching staff continued their evaluation of several positions that are up for grabs.
On the offensive line, three starters return for the Lions highlighted by senior center Josh Penton along with junior tackle Paul Roppolo and sophomore guard Marshall Paris. At left tackle, sophomore Gasten Gabriel and redshirt freshman Jarrod Hale look to replace four-year starter Kevin Hughes while sophomore Geremy Wilson and redshirt freshman Corey Boothe look to replace two-year starter Michael Stallworth.
"We've had some good competition along the offensive line," Southeastern head coach Mike Lucas said. "Josh (Penton) is the leader up front and has done a tremendous job for us at the center spot the past two years, Paul (Roppolo) has had a very good spring and Marshall (Paris) is getting better after starting for us the second half of last season."
Southeastern wraps up its second week of practice with a full contact workout on Friday at 1:20 p.m. The Lions will work in full gear and will go through several periods of team drills that will feature Southland Conference officials.
Southeastern will open the 2011 season on Sept. 3 against Tulane in the Louisiana Superdome before hosting Savannah State on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium.