BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Southern head coach Dawson Odums met with sports journalists for the first time since SWAC Media Day and after the summer break.
The Jags lost some heavy hitters from last season, but overall, Odums is confident in the depth this group has to compete at a high level.
"It's really ... it's about this group coming together and, first and foremost, believing that they can achieve that," said Odums. "And then, we put the process in place to how we take the steps to achieve that. I really like the heartbeat of the team. I really think it's something they want to achieve. And now, as coaches, we have to put them in position to have that opportunity and if we do that ... you have to be good and you have to be lucky. The ball has to bounce your way. Well, I think it's about time for it to bounce our way."
And for the first time in 14 years, Southern will be outfitted with a new look, as the Jags are now partnered with Under Armour to provide all of their equipment outside of helmets.
"I welcome change. I think change is good. It's all about how you look at it. I think when you're embracing our football team and we're going from Russell to Under Armour, I think it creates an excitement. I think they'll be excited to see what we're giving them, what they'll be wearing, and how they'll be looking in it. So, I really think our team is looking forward to it. I think it's a great fit. It's a great fit for our program. We're happy to be in partnership with Under Armour. I think it's going to do wonders for our program - not only our athletes, but also our fan base," Odums added.
Players report for camp Thursday before practice begins Friday morning.