Talented SLU quarterback corps ready to lead No. 3 Lions
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HAMMOND – As the No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana football team goes through the opening week of fall practice, it does so featuring the deepest group of quarterbacks since the program returned from an 18-year hiatus in 2013.
Led by senior quarterback Bryan Bennett, the Lion signal callers is fortified by the trio of senior Jordan Barnett, sophomore D’Shaie Landor and true freshman Kiley Huddleston. First-year quarterback coach Wesley Satterfield has been pleased with what he’s seen from the group since joining the coaching staff prior to spring practice.
“I was very impressed right when I got here on the amount of talent we had with this group,” Satterfield said. “We have four guys in camp that have the potential to help us in a game. Bryan had an outstanding season last year, but he continues to work on the things he needs to get better. He continues to improve on becoming a more patient quarterback and an overall better pocket passer.
“But we’ve been very pleased with all four of our quarterbacks and the work they’re doing to get better every day,” Satterfield added. “Top to bottom, this is as talented of a group as I’ve seen at this level.”
Satterfield has been able to impart some wisdom as someone who knows what it takes to succeed as a collegiate quarterback, having earned SCAC Offensive Player of the Year honors as a junior at Sewanee, where he was a four-year starter and set a single-season conference record for quarterbacks with 11 touchdowns.
“We ran a lot of the same spread option and zone read plays when I was a player as we do here,” Satterfield commented. “Having been a quarterback myself, I can often see the same things they see and that’s been a big help coaching this group.”
Walter Payton Award candidate Bennett is entrenched as the team’s starter. Bennett’s 2013 season was arguably the greatest all-around season by a Southeastern quarterback in program history. Named first team All-America by College Sports Journal, Bennett was named the Southland Conference Player, Louisiana Offensive Player and Louisiana Newcomer of the Year after throwing for 3,165 yards and 21 touchdowns, while also rushing for 1,046 yards and a single-season school record 16 touchdowns.
Bennett’s primary backup is Barnett, who has already proven himself in game action. Barnett was forced into duty last season when Bennett suffered an injury early in the game at Samford. The Lion reserve proved more than capable, ably leading the Lions to a 34-31 victory as Southeastern picked up its first road win of 2013 and started a 10-game winning streak.
Sitting behind Barnett is a Lion with a bright future in Landor, who transferred from Louisiana-Lafayette prior to spring practice. Landor saw action in three games in his redshirt season with the Ragin’ Cajuns, with whom he enrolled after a standout career at Teurlings Catholic High School.
Looking further into the future, freshman Kiley Huddleston brings a winning pedigree to the SLU roster. As a junior, he played on broken leg in the Class 5A championship game, leading Katy High School to its seventh state championship. As a senior, he helped KHS to a 15-1 record, throwing 10 touchdowns versus just one interception.
The Lions will return to the practice field on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The defending Southland Conference Champions will open up the 2014 season on Aug. 30, hosting Jacksonville at 7 p.m. in Strawberry Stadium. That contest will open a six-game home schedule for SLU. Season tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by contacting the Southeastern Athletics Ticket Office at (985) 549-5466 or by visiting LionSports.net or LionUp.com.