The Southeastern Louisiana University football team donned full gear for the first time in camp as the Lions worked out for over two hours Sunday evening in Strawberry Stadium.
Light showers in the Hammond area at the beginning of practice gave the Lions their real first opportunity to test out the traction of the new playing surface that was installed during the offseason. The rains cleared out about 30 minutes into Sunday's workout which allowed Southeastern to work on all phases of its game, highlighted by live action in the red zone.
"The weather cooperated and everything went smooth," Southeastern head coach Ron Roberts said. "It was a nice, spirited practice and guys got better fundamentally, that was the most important thing that we're looking for right now.
"(Today) was a good opportunity for us. It was raining at the beginning of practice which gave us the opportunity to work with a wet ball and those are great opportunities for us because that may happen during the season. I thought our guys responded well to the weather and came out and had a good practice and kept their focus."
In the red zone period, receivers Blane Arnold and Tony McCrea each caught a pair of touchdowns, but the Southeastern defense made several stops forcing the offense to convert on field goals. The defense also was the recipient of a couple of turnovers, including a fumble recovery by freshman Azuka Akozar.
"We put the ball on the ground too many times in the red zone, had mistakes on the offensive side and shot ourselves in the foot," Roberts said. "We've got to set the pace of what we're looking for every time and hopefully grow at it every time we come out."
Southeastern will return to practice on Monday when the Lions will work out in full gear at 4:50 p.m. The Lions open their season on Sept. 1 at SEC newcomer Missouri and will host Missouri Valley Football Conference member South Dakota State in the home opener on Sept. 8.
Season tickets for the 2012 campaign are available by calling the Southeastern Athletic Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or 1-866-LION-TIX.
Besides the Sept. 8 home opener against SDSU, Southeastern will also host McNeese State (Sept. 22), Northwestern State (Oct. 13), Central Arkansas (Oct. 27) and Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 10).
2012 Southeastern Louisiana University Football Camp Schedule
(all times are subject to change)
August 6 – 4:50 p.m. (Full pads)
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.
Information provided by Southeastern Athletics.