The South Dakota State football players on Sunday officially reported for the start of fall camp. Per usual, I’ll be attending a couple of workouts per week leading up to the season opener Aug. 31 against Butler in Brookings.
Here’s the first installment of camp news and notes:
This first week encompasses a little bit of everything from a practice format standpoint. Sunday was reserved for checking out equipment, going through physicals and meetings. Today, the Jacks will go through concussion testing and conditioning testing before their first practice - a no-pads affair - at 3:45 p.m. Half pads come into play Wednesday, full pads Friday and two-a-days Saturday.
SDSU intends to keep practices open to the media (and the public) despite a national trend toward secrecy. North Dakota State was the latest to close its workouts, coach Craig Bohl citing the prevalence of social media.
There should be at least two additions to the roster that weren’t previously released by the school: Receiver Larves Jones (below) and defensive end Brad Lyons.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Jones comes to SDSU by way of the Omaha prep scene and Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College. Reportedly, schools like Nebraska, Penn State and Cal went to Fort Scott to see Jones up close, but did not offer. The Jacks had a couple of things going for them in landing him: The graduation of their two top receivers and Jones’ friendship with cornerback Jimmie Forsythe. (Forsythe is becoming a valuable recruiter, having played a role in 2014 commit Trey Carr, too.)
The 6-4, 225-pound Lyons is a high school grad from British Columbia, Canada. SDSU found him via the UltraNets - his film was that good, much of it featuring his work catching and carrying the ball. Lyons also helped Team B.C. beat an American squad in an international game in San Antonio in Jan.
As you’d expect, he’s considered incredibly athletic and raw.
Terry Vandrovec also posts regular updates on his Twitter page.