BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Southern football team hit the field at A.W. Mumford Stadium early Friday morning for day one of preseason practice.
The Jags got started at 7:45 a.m.
Head coach Dawson Odums is going into his eighth year as the man in charge on The Bluff. His team is coming off a SWAC West title and are picked to win the division again this year.
The team wore just helmets for day one. After practice, Odums and each player interviewed emphasized the focus of camp is discipline, as it made the difference last season when the Jags came up short against Alcorn in the SWAC championship game.
After a small speed bump at the start of practice and some 100-yard sprints, the Jaguars got it straightened out and had an uptempo workout for about 2.5 hours.
Last season, Ladairius Skelton was inserted at quarterback halfway into the year and made some incredible plays ... with both his legs and his arm. He led the Jags to five straight wins to end the regular season.
Friday was actually the first time the Pine Bluff native was interviewed by WAFB. He’s been on quite the journey. From Mr. Football in Arkansas, to junior college in California, and now to The Bluff. There are some high expectations for the coming season.
“It’s no easy ride on that journey, but I loved it,” said Skelton. “The journey taught me a lot. It got me here. I’ve been humble. I’m just strong and humble and when I got here, I felt like I could keep doing what I’ve been doing at first, lead my team to the ship.”