Southeastern Fall Practice
By: Andy Bryson
Intensity, brotherhood, Passion are three things that come to mind when I left practice on Monday. Coach Roberts and staff look to three-peat as Southland Conference Champions this season as they begin the season with in state rival Northwestern. Southeastern starts the season ranked 19 in the FCS rankings. Now before you start making jokes about the FCS, note that the Southland Conference is the SEC of Division I AA. The only difference between I A and I AA is the number of scholarship players. Division IAA has some really great talent. Players such as Jahri Evans, Marcus Colston, and even Hall of Famer Jerry Rice all came from Division I A schools.
Southeastern continues to produce NFL talent every season under Coach Roberts. In Coach Roberts second year as Head Coach of the Lions, he coached up second round pick, Robert Alford, cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons. Since being drafted, Robert has become a premier shutdown corner and has intercepted Drew Brees in every game they have played in together.
This season looks to be no different. The Lions are going to field the best secondary in all of the FCS and will have a top 10 defense this season. Many teams are going to under estimate the Lions this season due to the loss of quarterback Brayan Bennett to the NFL. But that will be a huge mistake, because their completion at Quarterback looks really good.
In conclusion, the Lions are going to continue their winning ways this season. As long as they keep Coach Roberts as their head ball coach, they will continue to dominate the FCS. The new coaching additions made in the offseason, makes Southeastern a powerhouse. Bringing in a new defensive coordinator like Blake Williams, former Super Bowl winning coach from the Saints, is going to bring NFL attention to Hammond this year. See you at the game. Lion Up