A group of local-born Nicholls State University football players got their chance to make plays for the highlight reels during the first fall scrimmage of the season on Saturday.
Whether it was making a big catch, moving the chains with a run or deflecting a pass, players from Terrebonne, Lafourche, Assumption and St. James parishes stood out in the scrimmage held at John L. Guidry Stadium.
Here are some local players who had key moments:
Poindexter, a redshirt sophomore defensive back who played at Central Lafourche High, prevented a touchdown by breaking up a pass in the end zone during the scrimmage.
Backup quarterback Charles Brooks tried to hit receiver Christian Booker on a 29-yard touchdown pass, but Poindexter knocked the ball loose in the back of the end zone to end the play.
Poindexter, who lined up as a cornerback, said it was a big individual play for him, but he preferred giving credit to the entire defensive unit for making it happen.
“It helps my confidence out,” Poindexter said. “I can’t do it myself. It starts with the defensive line and linebackers getting pressure to the quarterback to make those quick passes. It was a good play.”
This year’s fall camp is important comeback for Poindexter, who took a redshirt last season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery. He said he is now fully healed and working to get more playing time this season.
“It was tough to sit out, but I took it as a positive and worked out every day,” Poindexter said. “Now I’m able to come back this season and show what I can do.”
Poindexter (6-foot, 190-pounds) said he wants to use the rest of fall camp to improve his game and help the team win games.
“Everyday when we come out, each player tries to find a role on this team,” Poindexter said. “We want to be the best we can be. I’m just going to continue working hard with my teammates and just get ready for the season.”
Nicholls coach Tim Rebowe said he will keep his eyes on Poindexter this season.
“He’s got to be able to come on. He’s got to develop. He’s got to do more things for us,” Rebowe said. “He’s as talented as anyone we have in the defensive backfield. He just got to be able to know what he’s doing and get him some game reps.”
After getting a redshirt last season, Costly -- a freshman receiver -- wanted to make the most of his opportunity to catch the attention of his coaches at the scrimmage.
Costly (6-1, 180) did just that by catching passes of 23-yards and 19-yards, respectively, from starting quarterback Chase Fourcade during the opening drive of the scrimmage.
Costly, a former St. James High standout, said he wanted to show his coaches what he can do at the scrimmage.
“I’m still in the process of learning, but I came out and worked hard in practice,” Costly said. “I had a couple of big plays. I’m still in the process of learning, but I’m not satisfied with what I did (Saturday). I just have to go back to practice and keep working and build my confidence up.”
While watching from the sidelines as a practice squad player last season, Costly said he picked up valuable knowledge of the college game from Nicholls top receiver in Damion Jeanpiere.
While Jeanpiere was sidelined during Saturday’s scrimmage, Costly got his opportunity to take the field with the Colonels’ No. 1 offense and catch passes from Fourcade.
“It gave me a chance to show them what I can do,” Costly said. “JP helps me out a lot in practice and teaches me a lot about the plays. He’s a big help to me. I’ve been having an excellent fall camp. I look to have an excellent season.”
And Rebowe said he was definitely paying attention of Costly’s production.
“Dontaze has been having a real good camp,” Rebowe said. “He’s got to come along. He can really run for us. I was happy to see all the work he is doing pay off today.”
Boudreaux, a former South Lafourche player who plays fullback for the Colonels, didn’t score any touchdowns during Saturday’s scrimmage, but he had several bone-crushing runs in short yardage situations.
It was Boudreaux’s first extensive work since injuring his knee during a game at Texas A&M last season. He suffered a torn MCL and meniscus and missed most of his junior season. He played in only two games as a junior.
Boudreaux (5-10, 245) said he is happy to get back on the field for his senior season.
“It’s great. I have been battling injuries for awhile now,” Boudreaux said. “It’s good to come in and knock the rust off a little bit.”
Boudreaux said it was difficult watching his teammates from the sidelines last year.
“You just want to be out there with your friends and family,” Boudreaux said. “It’s not fun. You come out here and you put in all the hard work. Not being able to contribute is tough.”
Rebowe said it is great to have Boudreaux back on the field this year because they will need his ability to move the chains with physical runs up the middle and block out the backfield.
“Being healthy is a big key for Mason. He’s got to get himself into shape,” Rebowe said. “When he’s playing, he can help this football team. He is a bruiser. That’s what he is. When we need some tough yards, he can get them for us.”
OTHER LOCAL PLAYERS
There were several other local players to made plays on Saturday.
Freshman running back Brennan Rogers, a former Vandebilt Catholic product, had several carries.
Freshman kicker Bray Dusenberry, a former H.L. Bourgeois player, made two 32-yard field goal attempts and missed a 37-yard attempt. He had a 31-yard attempt blocked by junior defensive back Austin Dickerson.
Junior punter/holder Winston Jones, a former E.D. White Catholic player, attempted to run a fake field goal attempt but was tackled a few yards shy of the end zone.