DURANT, OK. -- Fall camp is just about wrapped up and classes begin Monday at Southeastern. With opening weekend less than two weeks away the Storm are still working out the kinks of what they hope will be a successful season.
"We need to pay attention to detail a little bit more in those monotonous or day-to-day things that we do that are so important," Southeastern Head Coach Bo Atterberry said. "They may not seem that way to those guys, but they show up in a game all too often. Need to focus on that better, but I'm confident about this squad."
The Storm lost a lot of productivity due to graduation. The school and conference's all-time leader in receptions, Kaymon Farmer, a top-3 rusher in the school's history, Ronnie Green, and Devlon Wortham, who set nine school records and seven GAC records will all be gone.
"That's where the excitement and the confidence from an athletic standpoint, I like what I see," Atterberry said. "The question is what that will look like in a game."
"It's definitely a leadership role that I have to play," Southeastern senior wide receiver Carl Elkins said. "I have a lot of young guys under me who are looking for guidance and trying to feel themselves out. It's a lot of encouraging, but I'm up to the task."
The Storm do return a few starters on defense, like senior nose tackle Damarius Lavender
"I want to be a more effective pass rusher and keep playing with fanatical effort," Lavender said. "Coach (Charles) Burkes preaches all the time, 'Playing with fanatical effort is a down payment on a house, you have to pay the rent."
And offense. Highlighted by senior quarterback CB Cantwell.
"The quarterback position is always looked at as one of the most important," Atterberry said. "Having a guy back there that has been there and done that to help some of the guys that need to step up, it's important."
"He's an excellent leader," Elkins said. "We know what we are going to get when we are out here. All we have to do is run routes, he'll put it where it needs to be."
The Storm open the season on the road against Southern Nazarene on Thursday, August 31st.