Saturday, July 22, 2017

NSU, Southern fans ready for upcoming season

ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana -- Are you ready for some football?

Northwestern State and Southern fans from Central Louisiana are ready for the upcoming season as both schools held preseason pep rallies in Alexandria Thursday.

Meanwhile, Southern coach Dawson Odums is also optimistic about the 2017 season.

Picked to finish second in the SWAC Western Division, the Jaguars are eligible for the SWAC Championship Game Dec. 2 in Houston and the Celebration Bowl — a bowl game pitting the winners of the SWAC and the MEAC — Dec. 16 in Atlanta.

"I think 2017 is going to be a good year for us," Odums said. "We return a lot of seniors, especially our starting quarterback (Arthur Howard) and our tight end (Dillon Beard). Both of those guys are preseason All-Conference performers, so we're looking for great things out of those guys."

Odums has made quite the dent in Central Louisiana with his recruiting as Tioga's Jalen Ivy signed with the school in February, while Peabody's Jamar Washington, Chris Nash and Robert Perry along with Marksville's Qa Mingo and Tioga's Jestan Deville will be preferred walk-ons once fall camp begins.


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