BATON ROUGE, La. – Ladarius Skelton changed his approach with controlling the offense. The dual-threat quarterback shifted his focus to pass-first. He spent the off-season improving his footwork and dropping 15 pounds to increase his durability, and the senior’s changes showed in day one of Southern’s fall camp.
“I ain’t seen him break a run. He was throwing it. I wouldn’t want to go against him running the ball and throwing the ball. When he’s on, he’s a game-breaker with his feet, and to add that extra dimension, that’s going boost his stocks,” junior defensive end Jalen Ivy said.
“Trying to sit behind my five guys in front of me more. I’m trying to get the ball out my hands quicker,” Skelton commented with a smirk.
The “five guys” the Arkansas-native referred to were his offensive line, and the men in the trenches supported whichever decision Skelton made mid-play. They still liked his ability to scramble though.
“Whatever he do, we behind him. If he wants to stay behind us, I’d rather him run and do what he do cause he has great legs. He can run, but if he wanna stay behind us, we gone protect him,” junior tackle J’Atyre Carter said.
The biggest benefit Skelton walked into fall camp with was what didn’t change this off-season: his offensive coordinator. Zack Grossi will lead the offense for the second-straight season, and an actual camp before a season will benefit Skelton’s growth in Grossi’s system.
“Him, just like everybody else. Just as you get more familiar with the pass concepts, mastering the operation part of the system: the signals, the line of scrimmage communication, checking plays, things like that. As you start to take the next step mentally, the game slows down for you, and I think that’s where he’s at,” Grossi said.
“We have a great, great, great, great bond. He’s funny. He lets you be yourself, and he teaches you up on your wrongs and things that you did good. It’s just all about life,” Skelton said about his relationship with the offensive coordinator.
The Jags kickoff the season September 4th at Troy.
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