Lions work in full pads for first time; two-a-days start Tuesday

Lions work in full pads for first time; two-a-days start Tuesday
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Monday, August 8, 2011 - 12:53pm

The Southeastern Louisiana University football team worked out in full pads for the first time during fall practice, working out for just over two hours Monday in Strawberry Stadium.

The Lions were able to take advantage of the pleasant weather in the early portion of practice before making positive adjustments after the temperatures and humidity began to rise.

“It was a little warm out here after the sun came up,” Lucas said. “We had some great team periods at the end in full pads where we were in ‘thud’ tempo. I thought (junior quarterback) Brian Young had his best day throwing the football. He made some good decisions and threw the ball very accurately.”

Lucas praised the consistency of his defensive line, which returns veterans Devin Boutwell, Devan Walker and Tramaine Lucas while adding Iowa State transfer Jerrod Black and junior college newcomers Frank Bryant and Mairo Stovall.

“Adding Jerrod in the middle has really helped us,” Lucas said. “Tramaine Lucas is playing very well along with Devin Boutwell inside. Devan Walker and Frank Bryant are really doing a great job and putting a lot of pressure up field. If you can control it (the line of scrimmage) up front, you can make a lot of things happen on the back end.”

Southeastern will open two-a-day practices on Tuesday with a 6 a.m. workout in full gear before returning for a 5 p.m. session in shells.

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