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Southeastern’s Xavier Roberson ready to get rolling after injurt-shortened season

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Southeastern's Xavier Roberson runs 79 yards on a punt return before being pushed out of bounds by Tulane linebacker Brandon Schmidt in the fourth quarter of Saturday's game.

Southeastern Louisiana running back Xavier Roberson is prepared to cut off his own foot if that’s what it takes to get back on the field for the Lions this season. Hopefully it won’t come to that. Roberson recently rejoined the team after missing the final three games of the 2014 season with a torn ligament in his left foot… Continue reading →

Southeastern dealing with inexperience at linebacker

If it’s difficult to recognize some of the names playing linebacker for Southeastern Louisiana football this season, you aren’t the only one. The Lions graduated four linebackers, including two starters, from a unit that lead the way in producing an FCS Top 10 defense for Southeastern last season. Seniors Drew Mista, Isiah Corbett and Kaleb Muse… Continue reading →

Louisiana College is aiming for that Mary Hardin-Baylor hurdle

Second place is no longer good enough at Louisiana College. The Wildcats finished as American Southwest Conference runners-up four of the past five years under coach Dennis Dunn. National power Mary Hardin-Baylor, which has claimed 10 straight ASC titles, was the only team to beat Louisiana College in those seasons and remains the only conference foe the… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech, with Jeff Driskel on board, has plenty of motivation after standout 2014 season

against the Louisiana Tech celebrates with the Heart of Dallas Bowl trophy after the NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 26, 2014, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)    ORG XMIT: TXMO109

Louisiana Tech football could be putting a new spin on the term one-and-done so prevalent in major college basketball. For the second straight year, the Bulldogs will turn over their offense to a fifth-year senior who recently graduated from a “Power Five” school and landed in Ruston to play his final season of college football. This… Continue reading →

The early tests come hot and heavy for Northwestern State

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Southern's Jamar Mitchell (29) tackles ball carrier Ed Eagan (7) against Northwestern State, Saturday, Sept. 13, at A.W. Mumford Stadium in Baton Rouge.

Northwestern State won’t have to wait until the meat of its conference schedule to see how tough its players are. Starting with a first-week matchup with defending Southland Conference co-champ Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 3, the Demons face a grueling opening month. Northwestern is slated for back-to-back games at Louisiana-Lafayette and Mississippi State — bowl… Continue reading →

Having garnered early respect, McNeese State is out to keep it

McNeese State quarterback Daniel Sams (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

McNeese State coach Matt Viator didn’t put much stock in the preseason predictions leading up to Southland Conference Media Day. When the league’s coaches awarded the Cowboys one first-place vote and picked them to finish third in the conference, he simply said his staff and players appreciate the respect. Only four McNeese players landed on preseason All-Southland… Continue reading →

After their dramatic turnaround, Grambling eyes even more in 2015

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Grambling quarterback Johnathan Williams splits Southern defenders during the third quarter of Southern's 52-45 win in the Bayou Classic at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Grambling’s turnaround last season caught everyone outside the program by surprise. The Tigers were perhaps the most improved team in the Football Championship Subdivision, taking Southern to the wire in the race for the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title, finishing 7-2 and 7-5 overall. That came after a disastrous 1-10 season in 2013 that led to… Continue reading →

The climb continues as Southeastern eyes another Southland football title

File photo by Randy Bergeron/SLU Public Information -- Southeastern football coach Ron Roberts holds up the Southland Conference trophy after tying for the SLC title with Sam Houston, giving them two straight titles.

The Southeastern Louisiana football program has made great strides in just three years under coach Ron Roberts. Yet as impressive as a 14-1 record in the Southland Conference the past two seasons, two league titles and back-to-back appearances in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs have been, Roberts hopes there’s more out there for his Lions. As… Continue reading →

Nicholls State running back Michael Henry keeps his focus on improving, hoping his struggling team follows suit

Nicholls State running back Michael Henry (Misty Leigh McElroy/Nicholls State University)

The only thing that Michael Henry remembers about the Nicholls State football team’s 52-27 loss at Southeastern Louisiana to close the 2013 season was how good his opponents were. With the victory, the Lions clinched their first Southland Conference title and punctuated the Colonels’ six-game losing streak. But Henry, a sophomore running back at the time, had… Continue reading →

Mickles: Tim Rebowe welcomes a big challenge — and he believes Nicholls State can win

First-year Nicholls State coach Tim Rebowe: ‘You can have some success there. You just have to do it the right way with the right people in that area. The community is starving for some success, so they’re really getting behind it.’

Tim Rebowe knew what he was getting into when he accepted an offer to become the head football coach at Nicholls State last November. The Colonels were coming off a dreadful 0-12 season that stretched their losing streak to a school-record 18 games, which in itself might have scared off most potential candidates. Not Rebowe, a 52-year-old Norco… Continue reading →

Ed Eagan smashing records at Northwestern State

Photos by Gary Hardamon  Ed Eagan # 7

LAKE CHARLES — Ed Eagan can’t help but think about breaking records. The Northwestern State senior receiver and kick returner set five school records and tied another during his breakout 2014 season. Eagan is already the Demons’ all-time leader in career kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff return yards, single-season kickoff returns, single-season receptions and single-game… Continue reading →

Cowboys look forward to playing in Tiger Stadium

Associated Press photo by Nati HarnikNebraska running back Ameer Abdullah scores the game-winning touchdown ahead of McNeese State defensive back Jermaine Antoine last season. The Cowboys nearly upset the Huskers, falling 31-24. This season the Cowboys are playing another traditional power on their home field as they visit LSU.

LAKE CHARLES — Before the McNeese State football team begins its Southland Conference schedule in the hopes of capturing its first league championship since 2009, the Cowboys will face their toughest test of the season.… Continue reading →

Sam Houston picked to win Southland football title; Southeastern selected as Top 3 in both polls

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State.

LAKE CHARLES ­— To no one’s surprise, Sam Houston State was tabbed as the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference football title in polls by the league coaches and sports information directors. The predicted order of finish was announced Wednesday morning at the outset of the conference’s media day at the… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Team capsules

Advocate file photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Former Louisiana-Lafayette secondary coach Tim Rebowe is now the coach at Nicholls State.

Abilene Christian COACH: Ken Collums PLAYERS: Junior QB Parker McKenzie, sophomore RB De’Andre Brown EASY TO ANSWER: Abilene Christian’s offense is in capable hands with McKenzie, the Southland’s top returning passer in yards (3,084) and TDs (22), and Brown, who as a freshman ranked second in the league at 96.2 rushing… Continue reading →

Southland Conference Media Day preview: Sam Houston State and Southeastern look like the teams to beat again, but the SLC keeps building depth

SLU Public Info photo by Randy Bergeron -- Southeastern’s Harlan Miller and Kaleb Muse drag down Lamar’s Kade Harrington in October 2014.

When the Southland Conference rolls out its preseason football predictions from its coaches and sports information directors at the league’s media day Wednesday in Lake Charles, there shouldn’t be any jaw-dropping surprises. While you never know how preseason polls will shake out, reigning regular-season co-champions Sam Houston State and Southeastern Louisiana should be near the top —… Continue reading →

Northwestern State hires Daryl Daye as associated head coach and defensive coordinator

NATCHITOCHES — With eight years as a college head coach, six more as a defensive coordinator and two seasons in the NFL, new Northwestern State associate head coach and defensive coordinator Daryl Daye brings accomplishment and experience to the Demons’ football program. Daye, head coach at Division II Missouri Southern for the past three seasons,… Continue reading →

Notebook: Pace gives insight into possible Saints’ offseason

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston (12) outruns Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Bradley McDougald to the end zone to score on a 36-yard touchdown reception during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 28, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

INDIANAPOLIS — The New Orleans Saints are one of a small handful of teams that are not scheduled to have formal media availability this week at the scouting combine. But former director of player personnel Ryan Pace, who is now the general manager of the Chicago Bears, stepped to the lectern Wednesday morning… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s 2015 signing class, at a glance

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Covington's George Brister

Head of the class Larry Cutbirth, Fontana, Calif./Citrus College, QB, 6-5, 15 Cutbirth passed for 4,972 yards, 45 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in two seasons at Citrus College. Solomon Parker, Stone Mountain, Ga./Georgia Military Institute, DL, 6-0, 290 Had 19 tackles and a sack last season at GMI. George… Continue reading →

Southeastern’s Ron Roberts says he thinks 2015 ‘is our best signing class’ yet

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- Southeastern Louisiana coach Ron Roberts

Southeastern Louisiana has one Southland Conference championship and a share of another in the past two seasons. And if Lions coach Ron Roberts’ assessment of Wednesday’s signing class is on target, more titles could be on the way. “I’m excited,” he said. “I think it’s a great class. We’ve got to see how it’s going… Continue reading →

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wins the Manning Award

Oregon's Marcus Mariota during the national anthem before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Ohio State Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

It’s not like 2014 Manning Award winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon is a stranger to the family for whom the honor that goes to the nation’s top college quarterback is named. For the past three years Mariota was one of the counselors at the Manning Passing Academy in Thibodaux where he not only worked with the… Continue reading →

QB Jeff Driskel to transfer from Florida to Louisiana Tech

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel is transferring to Louisiana Tech for his final year of college eligibility. Driskel, who will be a fifth-year senior, will be eligible to play immediately under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule. “I look forward to the upcoming chapter of my life,” Driskel said in a statement released… Continue reading →

Best in the state: Ringo, McGuire

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Louisiana-Lafayette defensive lineman Christian Ringo

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire and defensive lineman Christian Ringo captured the two top honors on the 2014 All-Louisiana college football team announced by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Louisiana Tech quarterback Cody Sokol captured awards for first-year players and Grambling coach Broderick Fobbs was honored for his turnaround of the… Continue reading →