2022 SLU Football Preseason Position Report No. 9: Quarterbacks

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HAMMOND, Louisiana – After waiting in the sidelines for the past two seasons, the Southeastern Louisiana University quarterback Cephus Johnson III is set to lead the No. 16/17 Lions attack.

Although he sits behind two-time All-American Cole KelleyJohnson saw plenty of time in the Lion’s offense, rushing for five touchdowns and throwing two more in his first two campaigns at Hammond. Now the Mobile, Alabama has been given the keys to the offense by the head coach Frank Scelfo and offensive coordinator Greg Steven.

Scelfo and Stevens have been impressed with a group of quarterbacks that includes Johnson, Eli Sawyer and Grant Tisdale.

“Cephus has really improved this offseason in terms of balance and progression,” Stevens commented. “We want to see him continue to develop as a leader, but there’s no doubt that his athleticism gives us an extra dimension to our attack.

“Eli is a very accurate passer and passes his readings very quickly,” Stevens continued. “Grant is a winner and both of these guys have really improved a lot this offseason. We’re confident that three quarterbacks can help us win games if called.”

Scelfo echoed many of Stevens’ thoughts on the progress of the group as a whole.

“We saw great competition among this group this fall,” Scelfo said. “Cephus got separated in that role, but both Eli and Grant had good camps. These guys are competitive and we can see them improving every day.

“Cephus’ ability to deal with football will be key to his success,” added Scelfo. “Whether he’s running or passing, he has to make informed decisions with the ball in his hands.”

Southeastern opens the 2022 season Saturday at UL Lafayette in a 6 p.m. contest. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN+ and can be heard on the Southeastern Sports Radio Network (Kajun 107.1 FM, The Highway 104.7 FM and The Boss 103.7 FM/1400 AM).

TICKETS

For more ticket information, contact the Southeastern Athletics box office at (985) 549-5466 or visit www.LionSports.net. Southeastern will continue to offer mobile ticketing as the primary source for obtaining tickets for the 2022-23 season. All tickets will be available via email or SMS in PDF format for fans to download to their phone or print at home. Tickets can also be downloaded from Apple Wallet.

SOCIAL MEDIA

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TOUCHDOWN CLUB/S CLUB

Fans interested in becoming active supporters of the football program are encouraged to join the Touchdown Club. Lion football alumni are encouraged to join the exclusive S Club, which is reserved for South East sports letter winners.

All Touchdown Club and S Club (football) membership fees and donations are available for the exclusive use of the South East Football Program. Membership information is available by contacting the Lion Athletics Association at [email protected] or (985) 549-5091 or by visiting www.LionUp.com.

CLEAR BAG POLICY

Southeastern Athletics has instituted a clear bag policy for all ticketed events, effective at the start of the 2018 football season. For more information on the clear bag policy, visit www.LionSports.net/clear .

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