LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It has been a crazy week in both Lake Charles and Baton Rouge. Now, with the Tyrann Mathieu saga finally at a close for now, things were back to normal for the McNeese State football team in their last scrimmage of the preseason.
Despite the lightning, the Cowboys practiced Saturday morning at Cowboy Stadium. The Pokes ran about 75 plays and the defense shone throughout much of the day. Just a few short hours had Ford Smesney delivering a big time hit to Josh Jordan. Quarterback Cody Stroud was sacked by defensive end Everett Ellefsen, adding to a total of six quarterback sacks over the day.
A big interception of the day went to freshman cornerback Gabe Hammer of Sealy, TX. In trying to escape a sack, quarterback Tyler Bolfing mistakenly threw it to Hammer for the interception.
The new Tulane transfer, Leon Blouin, had a good day as well. By making the only touchdown of the day, he showed his promise today by taking the end zone on a 5yd quarterback keeper.
Even practices can have scary moments. At the end of scrimmage while looking for DeVionté Edmonson, Bolfing was tackled by Terrence Cahee. After the tackle, Bolfing stayed down for a little bit. He eventually walked off and is expected to be alright.
Head coach Matt Viator liked what he saw from that blue wall defense, but also preached consistency on both sides of the ball.
"Hit and miss each day, we got to get more consistent on both sides." said Viator. "I thought last Saturday the offense was really good. This Saturday I thought the defense was really good, but I think we're making progress...the defense definitely did, I thought they flew around really well and [I'm] really excited to see that. I thought they were very very intense."
Cornerback Hammer was also pleased with the practice saying: "I felt pretty good because the last scrimmage we didn't do too good, went back to practice, worked hard, so you could tell it paid off today, we made a lot more tackles. Offensively, we weren't very sharp at all. missed too many passes, dropped too many balls, just weren't real sharp."
Cody Stroud also agrees the offense has some work to do: "Offensively, we didn't look sharp today, not near as well as we did last week so we have to pick it up this week and next week and get ready for Thursday night."
On Thursday night, McNeese faces Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro, TN.