Southern Fall Fan Fest is Saturday

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Junior running back Malcom Crockett runs a drill during practice at Southern's Practice Fields, Tuesday, August 5, 2014.
Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Junior running back Malcom Crockett runs a drill during practice at Southern's Practice Fields, Tuesday, August 5, 2014.

Southern will hold its third annual Fall Fan Fest in the F.G. Clark Activity Center on Saturday.

The event will follow the morning football scrimmage, which concludes preseason camp. Doors open for the Fan Fest, which is free, at 12:30 p.m.

The Jaguars’ allotment of tickets for the season opener at Louisiana-Lafayette on Aug. 30 will be on sale during the Fan Fest.

About 1,000 reserved seating tickets for the UL-Lafayette game and SU season books will be on sale at the SU Ticket Office located inside the service entrance of the Clark Center. General Admission tickets for the game go on sale Aug. 25 on Ticketmaster.

The Fan Fest could attract added fans to the scrimmage, which begins at 9:15 a.m. in A.W. Mumford Stadium.

“Everybody likes performing in front of a crowd,” linebacker Daniel Brown said after practice Friday. “We have beautiful fans, they support us in everything we do, so we try and put on a good show and let them know that we’re going to have a good team this year.”

Coaches and players from the Southern football, soccer and volleyball programs will be available to autograph posters and take pictures during Fan Fest. The trophies won by the Jaguars’ five Southwestern Athletic Conference championship teams during the 2013-14 year will be on display.

Southern coach Dawson Odums will address attendees and the event also will include performances by the SU Human Jukebox Pep Band and varsity cheerleaders.

Calm before the storm

Odums took it easy on the team Friday. The Jaguars worked without pads for 90 minutes, 30 minutes shorter than a typical camp practice.

“We’re at the end of camp, and we’ve got a lot of guys banged up,” Odums said. “We’ve been going pretty good, so we just went with a mental day today.”

Players also had to attend a series of meetings to get all their paperwork in order for the start of classes Monday.

They should be fresh for the 80-90 plays they’ll run in the scrimmage.

Clock is ticking

With camp coming to a close, the Jaguars sense the approach of the opener in two weeks.

“(Running backs) coach (Elvis) Joseph tells us every day in meetings — two weeks from the game, 19 days from the game, 21 days from the game,” RB Lenard Tillery said. “They never let us forget that the season’s about to start.

“We’re enjoying the camaraderie because we know it will be a grind once the season starts and we won’t have as much time together. So we’re just enjoying camp and the time together.”

What’s next

Southern’s next practice won’t be until Tuesday. The team will attend meetings Sunday, then be off for the first day of classes.

Quick read

Three observations from Friday’s practice.

1 WR coach Chris Coleman got the better of assistant secondary coach Lionel Mitchell on a slant route to catch a pass from Dray Joseph as their position players cheered each on after practice.

2 QB Deonte Shorts was limited again as he rested his throwing elbow in preparation for the scrimmage Saturday.

3 Things were unusually quiet for practice as the customary music wasn’t played.

Les East