McNeese Training Camp, shoulder pads - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese Training Camp, shoulder pads

Day 3 for McNeese training camp is in the books as the cowboys added shoulder pads for the first time,  and the veterans are continuing to show their leadership. Like those in the running back position. Junior Dylan Long, who in 2013, rushed for 335 yards, scored a total of 72 points with 12 total touchdowns. Along with Junior Kelvin Bennett, who led the team with 7.2 yards per carry and 64.5 yards per game rushing; add on 774 total rushing yards and one really wouldn't think this team could get any better. But also tack on SEC names like Nate Holmes and Derrick Milton and the Cowboy vets say these new guys are fitting in quite well.


"Holmes he's a really good running back, he's fast, he can squeeze through holes that you probably wouldn't imagine. And Milton, he's a good solid runner and a good blocker." - Bennett


"They're looking real good, like KB said, Nate goes through holes you can't even imagine, has speed, I can't even see him when he runs. And then Milton is more of a power back like myself. And both look real good right now." -Long



Tuesday will begin full padded practice, which, add in the Louisiana heat, just sounds exhausting. However. the intensity just keeps amplifying, especially that of the offensive line which has 4 returning starters including Quentin Marsh and Nick Gorman, who both earned conference honorable mention honors after last season. And they say the defense is putting up quite the fight as well.


"I thought it went good it was a lot of hostility between the offense and defense as it usually is the first day of pads. Everybody wants to make a little noise. I feel like we had a good day offense and defense wise." - Marsh


It went very well, I feel like uh both sides did a lot pf great things, both competed very well. Stayed up, protected each other the best we could, as well as doing it fast and very physical." - Gorman




 LAKE CHARLES - McNeese's third day of practice of fall camp on Sunday afternoon was the most intense yet as the Cowboys slipped on the shoulder pads for the first time.


"I thought today went really good," said head coach Matt Viator.  "We added what we call some blocking, some bumping.  We're not tackling to the ground but we did add in some contact."

There was no lack of intensity throughout the two hour practice, especially during the wideout/defensive back drill where there wasn't any hiding of the emotions from the position that got the better part of the other.

"No doubt the intensity is a lot higher when the pads are on," said Viator.  "We just have to sustain it for a two hour practice.  It really got good around midway.  We just have to sustain it."

"I think both sides did a lot of great things today," said junior offensive lineman Nick Gorman.  "Both sides of the ball competed very well.  We stayed up and protected each other the best we could as well as doing it fast and very physical.

The Cowboys will practice in pads again on Monday at 4:30 before hitting the field in full pads for the first time on Tuesday.  McNeese will hold its first of two fall scrimmages on Saturday at 6.

by Matthew Bonnette 
  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • What's Going Around: water-borne sickness, swimmer's ear

    What's Going Around: water-borne sickness, swimmer's ear

    Thursday, June 29 2017 7:58 AM EDT2017-06-29 11:58:34 GMT
    Swimmer's ear is one of the summer-related sicknesses bringing more people in to the WCCH emergency department this week. (Source: KPLC)Swimmer's ear is one of the summer-related sicknesses bringing more people in to the WCCH emergency department this week. (Source: KPLC)

    Before you take a dip in the pool or head to the beach, listen up about What's Going Around this week.There is an uptick in water-related bugs, swimmer's ear infections and summer rashes. 

    More >>

    Before you take a dip in the pool or head to the beach, listen up about What's Going Around this week.There is an uptick in water-related bugs, swimmer's ear infections and summer rashes. 

    More >>
  • Flash flooding and traffic tie-ups snarl parts of SW Louisiana this morning

    Flash flooding and traffic tie-ups snarl parts of SW Louisiana this morning

    Flash flooding and traffic tie-ups snarl parts of SW Louisiana this morning

    Thursday, June 29 2017 7:30 AM EDT2017-06-29 11:30:20 GMT
    Flash floodingFlash flooding
    Flash flooding continues across the west-central portion of Calcasieu parish due to a stalled storm that has already dumped up to 4 to 5 inches of rain around the Sulphur area, especially on Sulphur’s west side toward Stegall and Edgerly. A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for this part of Calcasieu Parish until 8:45 AM but additional storms moving in from SE Texas after the 6:00 a.m. hour could result in some additional flash flooding across parts of Calcasieu and Cameron...More >>
    Flash flooding continues across the west-central portion of Calcasieu parish due to a stalled storm that has already dumped up to 4 to 5 inches of rain around the Sulphur area, especially on Sulphur’s west side toward Stegall and Edgerly. A Flash Flood Warning remains in effect for this part of Calcasieu Parish until 8:45 AM but additional storms moving in from SE Texas after the 6:00 a.m. hour could result in some additional flash flooding across parts of Calcasieu and Cameron...More >>
  • CHRISTUS Health and the Ochsner Health announce joint venture for Lake Charles

    CHRISTUS Health and the Ochsner Health announce joint venture for Lake Charles

    Thursday, June 29 2017 6:35 AM EDT2017-06-29 10:35:02 GMT
    (Source: CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital)(Source: CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital)

    CHRISTUS Health and the Ochsner Health System today announced plans to team up to serve the Lake Charles area.

    The joint venture will have responsibility for all future health care facilities and services operated by the two health systems in the region.

    More >>

    CHRISTUS Health and the Ochsner Health System today announced plans to team up to serve the Lake Charles area.

    The joint venture will have responsibility for all future health care facilities and services operated by the two health systems in the region.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly