On the Southern football team’s practice fields, a distinct voice can be heard echoing through the sessions every day. And it’s not coming from coach Dawson Odums or any of his assistants.
The voice is that of redshirt junior linebacker Detrane Lindsey.
“It might look like I’m trying to get (the team) going, but I actually need them to get me going,” he said. “Whenever they’re alive, I’m alive. Being vocal is a way to get me going.”
Lindsey’s boisterous persona is encouraged by the coaching staff.
“I have a great linebackers coach (in Lorick Atkinson),” Lindsey said. “He told me that I need to be vocal. He told me that’s the best way. That’s what he wants from all his linebackers — to be vocal.”
And vocal he has been, even taking it to the next level. Even though he’s a starter, he volunteers to participate in scout team defensive drills when a player is needed to fill a void.
“Those are my boys,” he said. “I’m not going to leave them hanging if they need somebody.”
Hailing from Houston, Lindsey came to Southern in 2010 when he was recruited by former coach Stump Mitchell.
“I committed to (Mitchell) then, and it’s been Southern for me all the way since,” he said. “(Mitchell) told me if I came here, they’d take good care of me. And they’ve done that, so it was a great decision for me and my family.”
Before even stepping foot on campus, Lindsey was familiar with the Southwestern Athletic Conference. Many of his family members, including his uncles, are avid supporters of Jackson State and Alcon State.
“I get a little ribbing about Jackson State and Alcorn State,” he said with a laugh. “But that just goes with our family. A lot of my family is from Mississippi, so I have to deal with that.”
Lindsey was held out of the Northwestern State game last month after a violation of team rules. Lindsey said he made a mistake and has learned from the incident.
“That’s the consequences,” he said. “That’s what the rules say, and that was the punishment. I learned from that. I don’t want to miss any more games, and I’m making sure I’m doing everything the right way now.”