Southern players will report to preseason camp July 31

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern football coach Dawson Odums shouts to his players during the team's first spring practice in January. Players will report for preseason camp July 31. Show caption
Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Southern football coach Dawson Odums shouts to his players during the team's first spring practice in January. Players will report for preseason camp July 31.

Southern’s first preseason football camp under Dawson Odums will begin July 31 when players report to the A.W. Mumford Field House.

The Jaguars will conduct their first practice at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1.

Southern’s first practice in full pads is set for Aug. 3 at 3:30 p.m. followed by the first of six scheduled two-a-day practices Aug. 6 at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The final preseason scrimmage is slated for 9 a.m. Aug 17. The Jaguars will then gather for their team photo in A.W. Mumford Stadium.

Fall classes begin Aug. 19.

The Jaguars will open their season Aug. 30 against the University of Houston at Reliant Stadium.

Southern is coming off a tumultuous 2012 season in which Stump Mitchell was fired after the second game, a Thursday night loss to Mississippi Valley State.

Odums, serving as interim coach, let the Jaguars to a 4-5 record the rest of the way. Athletic Director William Broussard opened a search for Mitchell’s full-time replacement and, after interviewing several candidates, recommended Odums.

July 31: Players report, 1 p.m.)

Aug. 1: Practice (helmets), 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 2: Practice (helmets), 4:30 p.m.

Aug. 3: Practice (shells), 3 p.m.

Aug. 4: Practice (shells), 3 p.m.

Aug. 5: Practice (full pads), 3:30 p.m.

Aug. 6: Practice (shells), 9 a.m.; practice (full pads), 4 p.m.

Aug. 7: Practice (shells), 4 p.m.

Aug. 8: Practice (shells), 9 a.m.; practice (full pads), 4 p.m.

Aug. 9: Practice (shells), 4 p.m.

Aug. 10: Practice (full pads), 9 a.m.; practice (shells), 4 p.m.

Aug. 11: Practie (helmets), 4 p.m.

Aug. 12: Practice (full pads), 9 a.m.; practice (shells), 4 p.m.

Aug. 13: Practice (shells), 4 p.m.

Aug. 14: Practice (shells) 9 a.m.; practice (full pads), 4 p.m.

Aug. 15: Practice (shells), 4 p.m.

Aug. 16: Practice (shells) 9 a.m..; practice (helmets), 4 p.m.

Aug. 17: Scrimmage, 9:45 a.m.

Aug. 19: Classes begin