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College football: Many former parish prep stars on preseason rosters

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College preseason football camps are underway or about to begin.
LSU, Northwestern State and ULM players reported Wednesday. Louisiana Tech players are set to report Sunday.
The LSU veterans took the field for their first practice Thursday morning. Freshmen and selected veterans are practicing in the afternoon.
The Tigers open the season Sept. 3 against Wisconsin at 2:30 p.m. at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Northwestern State’s first practice is Friday morning. NSU holds its first major scrimmage Aug. 13 in Turpin Stadium.
The Demons open the season at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 2 against Baylor in Waco, Texas.
ULM began practice Thursday morning. The Warhawks host Southern in their opener Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.
Many former Bossier Parish prep stars are on college preseason rosters in Louisiana and elsewhere.
Former Parkway star Brandon Harris enters his second full season as LSU’s starting quarterback.
Former Haughton standout James David Almond started three games last season for Northwestern State and figures to be in the mix for the starting job this season.
Other parish players on NSU’s preseason roster are former Airline defensive lineman Charlie Matthews, a redshirt freshman, and ex-Haughton kicker Benny Broadway, a sophomore.
Former Haughton standout Jarred Craft, a junior, has been a significant contributor at running back at Louisiana Tech for the last two years.
Haughton product Javonte Woodward, a redshirt freshman, was listed at No. 2 at wide receiver on the Tech depth chart after spring practice.
Parkway products Dante Williams, a linebacker, and Peyton Bush, a defensive back, are also redshirt freshmen at Tech.
Former Airline offensive lineman Colton Prater went through spring practice with Texas A&M last fall and is now starting camp as a true freshman with the Aggies.
Ex-Airline standout Brynden Vance, a safety who has seen action on special teams, will be a sophomore at ULM.
Another ex-Airline star, quarterback Hayden Hildebrand, will be a junior at Central Arkansas. Hildebrand started nine games last season and passed for 1,707 yards.
Former Benton standout Matt Boggs saw action in nine games at deep snapper as a sophomore at TCU last season. He was named first-team Academic All-Big 12.
Ex-Parkway standout Artavious Lynn is beginning his freshman season at tight end at TCU. Plain Dealing product De’Aumante Johnson, a redshirt sophomore defensive back, is on Grambling State’s roster.
Former Parkway star Keondre Wudtee figures to be in the mix at backup quarterback as a true freshman at Oklahoma State.
C.J. Morgan, yet another Parkway star, enrolled at Mississippi State in the spring and is beginning his true freshman season with the Bulldogs. Morgan played several positions at Parkway but is expected to concentrate on defensive back at A&M.
Former Haughton wide receiver Damon Gladney and Parkway defensive linemen Antonio McGhee are beginning their senior seasons at McNeese State.
Former Airline standout offensive lineman Colton Prater is beginning his freshman season at Texas A&M. Prater joined the Aggies at midsemester and went through spring practice.
Six former Bossier Parish athletes are on Southern Arkansas’ preseason roster — redshirt freshman quarterback Will Haines (Haughton), redshirt freshman wide receiver Jared Lancaster (Parkway), redshirt junior running back Michael Nunnery (Airline), redshirt freshman offensive lineman Keandre Dawson (Airline) and redshirt freshman kicker Jordan White (Benton).
Parkway product Kameron Eloph, an offensive lineman, started four games and appeared in 10 at Houston as a true freshman in 2015. He started the season on the defensive line before moving to offense.
Four former parish athletes are on the preseason roster at Louisiana College — junior wide receiver Cole Crook (Parkway), freshman offensive lineman Caleb Thomas (Airline), sophomore linebacker Colt Pentecost (Parkway) and freshman wide receiver Tyler Stephens (Benton).

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com

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