BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Jacob Barnes is a senior kicker and punter at Woodlawn, the school that was the subject of Friday night's Sportsline Summer Camp.
Barnes plans of following in the footsteps of his older brother, Jonathan, who just completed his collegiate career at Louisiana Tech and shattered numerous school kicking records. Jacob, likewise, plans to attend Tech and put points on the scoreboard in Ruston as well.
"I love kicking off because you just go up there and just kill it and aim as far as you can, just see where it goes," said Jacob Barnes. "Field goal, just want to get them through the poles, get the three points. I don't care how it looks, as long as it's going through - 55, I'm real comfortable with. Farther than that, I'll try. So, I go in knowing that I have a role I need to play each game and that I need to execute every time I go out there and help them as much as I can."
Daniel Luquette is entering his fourth year as the Panthers' head coach, having made the playoffs the previous three seasons, but never making it past the first round and never hosting a postseason game. The Panthers lost 19 starters from last year's squad, which finished 6-5 and lost at Neville in the opening round for the second straight season. However, Woodlawn appears to have some talented receivers returning in Bryson Reaser, Tyrell Smith, Bryant Jacob, and others. The question is - who will be throwing them the football? Well, how about this for a quarterback competition - Junior Josh Serio is battling it out with his younger brother, sophomore Jude Serio, for the right to line up behind center.
"They're two totally different people," said Luquette. "Jude's got a little feistiness in him that you don't see in Josh, but Josh has a lot of control of the offense, which gives him an edge. But fall camp's going to be big for both of them. We've got that month to get prepared and whichever one gives us the best chance to beat Live Oak week one is going to get the opportunity first."
"Kenneth Augustus - he is THE defensive lineman, not A defensive lineman," said senior linebacker Tyler Williams. "He's THE defensive lineman because Kenneth is not only big, fast, and strong; he's also the one, just like me, who knows the defense and we know where we need to be when we need to be there."
"I like just hitting people," added Augustus. "I just know the person in front of me can't hold me, can't block me. Nobody can block me. That's how I feel. 'Til somebody stops me, I feel that."