Competition creates changes on defensive side of the ball - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Competition creates changes on defensive side of the ball

McNeese wrapped up its first full week of preseason camp on Tuesday with the first unit defense continuing to see some shuffling, mainly in the linebacker position.

On Tuesday, the linebackers with wearing the D.W.A. jerseys (first team defense nicknamed Defense With Attitude) were redshirt freshmen Brodie Burkhalter and Kyle Harden. But the change wasn't so much due to what the other linebackers have done in camp, but more of how great the competition is at that position.

"Everyone is practicing extremely hard and competing really well," said head coach Matt Viator. "And it's not just at the linebacker spot. There's a lot of competing going on at every position."

Since the beginning of camp last Wednesday, those players wearing D.W.A. jerseys at the linebacker spot at one time or another have included Deonte Thompson, Hayden Dobbs, Bo Brown, Harden and Burkhalter.

The Cowboys will hold their second two-a-day practice of the preseason on Wednesday with the morning session slated to begin at 9:40 and afternoon practice at 4:30.

McNeese will scrimmage for the first time on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. then will hold its annual media/fan day on Sunday at 5.

McNeese Football Preseason Camp Notebook: Practice #8

• True freshman wide receiver Kent Shelby continued to make a nice impression during Tuesday's practice when he made several tie-ball catches.

• The tight ends continue to have a lot of passes thrown their way in the early going of preseason camp. During Tuesday's team drills, the tight ends (Nic Jacobs, Kendale Thomas, Logan Gladney) combined to make six catches.
"Nic is a very versatile and athletic player," said Thomas. "He's tough to bring down because he's so big and tall."

• Kickers Jean Breaux and Ryan Rome combined to go 5 of 6 on the day ranging from PAT distance to 43 yards. Practice ended on a good note for the FG defense when Breaux's 43-yard attempt was blocked.

• Fans who have purchased season tickets will be able to start picking them up at 8 a.m. on Thursday at the Jack Doland Field House. The ticket office will be open from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. both Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday. Season tickets can also be picked up from 5-6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon at media/fan day. Season tickets not picked up will be mailed out on Monday, Aug. 19.

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