Willie Quinn was a star of Southern’s preseason camp last year, but eligibility issues cost him a chance to show everyone why.
It appears Quinn will finally get the chance.
The academic hurdle Quinn hit last year apparently stemmed from the Miami product attending two high schools.
He went through fall practice last year but was never cleared by the NCAA. He missed his entire freshman season, as well as spring practice this past year.
Southern’s third practice of camp Saturday was the first in shoulder pads.
The Jaguars will remain in “shells” Sunday before moving to full pads Monday. The first of five two-a-day sessions gets underway Tuesday with one practice in the morning and another in the late afternoon.
“The next two days are very challenging for our guys, because we’re coming out here at 3 o’clock,” Odums said. “They have to put that behind them and understand what we need to get done.”
Odums said one of the bright spots so far is the Jaguars have had no injuries.
“It’s still a learning process,” he said. “I feel that we’re ahead of where we were at this time last year.”
Sixty-five of the 95 players in camp passed Thursday’s conditioning tests. The ones who did not will have another shot Sunday morning.
The conditioning tests include a series of 12 100-yard sprints with a 22-second break in between. The time in which players are required to complete the sprints is determined by the position they play.
The SU Unification Organization is sponsoring a bus trip for each of Southern’s seven road games, beginning with the Aug. 30 matchup against Houston at Reliant Stadium.
For the Houston game, tickets are $100 apiece and include the bus ride, hotel room and game ticket.
For more information, contact Leo Williams at (225) 355-6886, Isadore Williams at (225) 357-3833 or Fate Buckles at (225) 774-7617.