Southeastern closes spring practice
HAMMOND, La. – The reigning Southland Conference champion Southeastern Louisiana University football team closed out spring practice with Saturday’s Spring Showcase at Strawberry Stadium.
SLU, one of three teams nationally to be ranked in the FCS top 25 each of the past four seasons, held its 15th and final spring practice to close out a productive five weeks. Two-time SLC Coach of the Year Frank Scelfo saw his team take its first steps in its quest for its fourth FCS playoff appearance in the past five seasons.
“We saw a lot of growth this spring and we were able to develop some depth,” Scelfo commented. “We saw some good competition on both sides of the line of scrimmage. We had a lot of guys who haven’t played a lot during their time here step up and make some plays for us. Those are all positives we can build on as we prepare for fall.”
Scelfo was quick to praise several position groups on both sides of the ball.
“On offense, the offensive line and tight ends really stood out because of the depth and experience we have in those areas,” Scelfo said. “We can see the improvements all those guys at those positions have made with another year under their belts.
“The linebackers have been the standouts on the defensive side,” Scelfo continued. “Donte’ Daniels, Anthony Britton Jr. and Herman Christophe all took another step forward in the right direction this spring.”
Scelfo was pleased with the continued development of his trio of quarterbacks – veteran Eli Sawyer, as well as newcomers Zachary Clement and Cammon Cooper – over the past five weeks, but said the competition remains wide open after spring practice.
“Eli, Cam and Zach all did good things for us this spring,” Scelfo commented. “Each of them has their own separate strengths and weaknesses, but it’s still up in the air on who the guy will be. We’ll have to see how it shakes out during fall camp.”
One of the key position groups on the defensive side heading into the spring was the secondary, where the Lions will be replacing four starters. Scelfo singled out several Lion defensive backs for the progress made this spring.
“At the cornerback position, Tyrone Legette and Ralph Walker both took big steps forward this spring,” Scelfo said. “We were very pleased with the play of Ian Goodly and Markell Linzer at the safety spot. We feel good about where we are, but we want to continue to have those guys push each other and help us develop more quality depth on the back end.”
While Scelfo and his staff were pleased with the spring practice, the upcoming five months before the open of the 2023 season will be key to continuing the program’s winning ways.
“We have to continue to build, because we’re not a finished product by any means,” Scelfo commented. “April, May, June and July will be so critical for us. We need our guys to continue to grow and take care of their business in the classroom. We like the direction of our locker room and how our leadership developed this spring. Those are positive signs that indicate future success.”
The Lions are scheduled to open the 2023 regular season Sept. 2 at Mississippi State.
2023 Southeastern Football Schedule
Sept. 2 | at Mississippi State
Sept. 9 | at South Alabama
Sept. 16 | at Eastern Washington
Sept. 23 | vs. HCU*
Sept. 30 | vs. Tarleton State
Oct. 7 | at UIW*
Oct. 14 | vs. Lamar*
Oct. 21 | at Northwestern State*
Nov. 4 | vs. McNeese*
Nov. 11 | at Texas A&M-Commerce*
Nov. 16 | vs. Nicholls*
* – Southland Conference game
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