BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Southern Jaguars stepped onto the field early Monday morning and quickly realized it was going to be a steamy day in south Louisiana.
It didn’t take long for players to work up a good sweat while going through their individual drills on The Bluff.
Head coach Dawson Odums could be heard barking out orders to his special teams unit. But, you just never know what adults will do with their kids and we saw another example from Odums and his Jaguars Monday morning.
“It’s a challenge drill, so the defense - if they get three turnovers - they don’t have to [run] at the end of practice," said Odums. Anything above three, the coaches have to run."
After the Jags started their first day in shells and after the media was ushered out, they had a competitive team session that saw the defense get those turnovers. So, there Odums was after practice, running from sideline to sideline step-for-step with his offensive players who had to run because they didn’t protect the football and avoid those turnovers.
Starting linebacker Jakoby Pappillion was right there cheering his head coach to the finish line. He was joined by All-SWAC linebacker Calvin Lunkins and the rest of the defensive squad. Odums joked that he might need to change up the parameters of the deal and it was only the fourth day on the field for the Jags’ fall camp.
“I don’t know how long we’re going to keep that up, but it’s good competition. Competitive. I think today they said they ended up with four turnovers. I think we have to renegotiate, because I think they counted some in the individual drills, so we’ll definitely have to watch film and do some renegotiating. If they get four turnovers or more, I think that’s good motivation for them to watch us run. So, it looks like I’m going to have to get a little longer on that elliptical,” Odums explained.
“Ha! Coach Odums running. That was a sight to see," said junior defensive back Elijah Small. “But you know, everybody’s held accountable, so he has to run whenever [the] defense gets three turnovers.”
Odums stated it is way too early to evaluate individual performances. Although, they’ll be in full pads Wednesday and have their first scrimmage. Right now, the coach is more interested in doing things the right way, not making mistakes, and when it really comes down to it, discipline. And not just on the field.
The Jags are working hard to prepare for the season opener at McNeese on August 31.