Southern breaks out full gear for spring practice

The Southern football team broke out full pads for the first time Tuesday as the Jaguars continued their spring practice schedule.

It marked the fifth practice for the Jaguars leading up to the March 23 spring game.

“We’re having a spirited spring camp,” first-year Southern coach Dawson Odums said.

One of the reasons Odums waited a week into spring practice before putting the Jaguars in full gear was because he thought it could help them avoid injuries.

“I believe that the anxiety of getting in full pads is there when you first get in them,” he said. “We ease them into the pads and ease them into that contact.”

Odums said several players have caught his attention in the past week, mentioning linebacker Chris Scruggs by name.

“We’ve got several guys moving up the depth chart,” he said.

Odums said Southern would again go in full pads Thursday before returning to helmets and shoulder pads Friday. The Jaguars will hold a “controlled” scrimmage Saturday.

Linebacker Daniel Brown suffered an ankle injury last week but was back at practice Tuesday.

“Good tempo, good energy,” Odums said of the spring thus far. “We just want to get more consistent with what we’re doing, but I’m pleased with where we are.”

Football clinic on tap

Southern football will host a high school coaches clinic and crawfish boil March 22. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m.

Attending coaches are encouraged to bring video highlights and transcripts of prospects from the 2014 class and beyond. Speakers will include coaches from Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Pro day set

Southern will hold its annual Pro Day on March 27 at Louisiana Leadership Institute. The event begins at 4 p.m.

Former Southern receivers Michael Berry and Charles Hawkins are among the prospects expected to compete in NFL Combine-like drills, including the bench press, the 40-yard dash and the broad jump.