Beekman Q & A
Beekman held its final voluntary preseason practice Thursday afternoon and officially opens camp this week.
Monday marked the first official day of practice for LHSAA member schools who did not have spring practice. Teams who had spring practice start Monday, Aug. 6.
Senior wide receiver/defensive end/safety Jaquinten Killian, and juniors Seth Meyers (linebacker), Brock Jenkins (quarterback), Dalon Moore (fullback/linebacker) and Xavier Lewis (two-way lineman) spoke with the Enterprise following Thursday's session.
Making their first appearance under new head coach Joey Lee, the Tigers travel to El Dorado, Arkansas for a preseason scrimmage vs. Parker's Chapel on Friday, Aug. 17.
BDE: What was the most fun part of your summer?
Jaquinten Killian: Mostly just working out and playing basketball, going to the movies and relaxing with some of the guys on the team. Basically, I've just been having fun with my teammates.
We're trying to make a big improvement this year in both sports.
Me and Xavier have been coming to the school and practicing basketball in the morning, then coming out for football in the afternoon. We've been here every day for both practices.
Seth Meyers: I did a lot of fishing with Braden Spigner and Cage Wallace. Brock Jenkins went with us a few times.
Brock Jenkins: I painted with Bruce Cook and made some money. I like money.
Dalon Moore: I went and hung out in Tennessee for a little while and went to the beach at Panama City.
I went to camp at LSU, Alabama and (Louisiana) Tech. That was fun. He didn't coach me directly, but I saw coach (Nick) Saban at the Alabama camp. I got a lot of great coaching this summer.
Xavier Lewis: We played in the summer basketball league at different schools in the Monroe area. I didn't mis a day — basketball or football.
BDE: What is the biggest improvement we can expect to see in your individual game this season?
Killian: I am running better routes and have better hands. Now that I have a season under my belt, I have more experience. Last year was my first year playing varsity, and it was kind of fast for me. I've settled down this year.
Meyers: My speed and strength have improved, and I have gotten better at making reads on defense.
Jenkins: I am going to be more of a leader this year. We're running a new offense — the triple option — and I love it.
Moore: I'm playing a new position on defense (he has moved from defensive end to linebacker), but I'm in better shape this year than I have ever been. I've been training real hard.
Lewis: I'm stronger, faster and smarter. I'm playing with better technique and my footwork has gotten better.
BDE: Which teammate is going to be the most pleasant surprise this year?
Killian: Cole Honeycutt played linebacker last year, and is going to be running the ball a lot this year. He's gotten a lot stronger, and is going to get us some touchdowns.
Meyers: Josh Nelson. He used to not really care about football, but this summer he has come around more and worked a lot harder.
Jenkins: Xavier Lewis. He's really worked hard this summer, and has been here every day.
Moore: Taron Traylor. He acted more like a little kid last year, but he's matured and is taking everything more serious this year.
Lewis: Jaquinten Killian because he's been working hard every day, and he's catching the ball a lot better.
BDE: Which game are you most looking forward to?
Killian: The game I am most looking forward to is Ferriday. They had a lot of guys who went to D-1 colleges, including two who went to LSU, but they still have a lot of talent. I looking forward to seeing how we can do against them with our new offense.
Meyers: Mangham because everybody expected us to get beat bad last year, and we hung with them last year.
Jenkins: I'm looking forward to playing Parker's Chapel (Arkansas) in the scrimmage because that's who we play first. We're expecting to be better this year.
Moore: LaSalle. I feel like we're finally going to beat them this year. They beat us by one point two years ago and by a touchdown last year.
Lewis: General Trass because they talk the most, and they have to come here this year.