Babin named starting QB for Lions’ opener

Peter Silas Pasqua
Southeastern Louisiana University’s Brian Babin, a former St. Amant standout, was named the Lions’ starting quarterback for the season opener against Alcorn State Saturday. 
Staff Photo by Peter Silas Pasqua

HAMMOND - Southeastern Louisiana head coach Mike Lucas said Tuesday that former St. Amant standout Brian Babin, who started all 11 games for the Lions, last season will be the starting quarterback for the season opener against Alcorn State at Jack Spinks Stadium.

“Brian’s the starter,” Lucas said during his weekly media luncheon on SLU’s campus. “He’s done everything we have asked him to do.

“There comes a time when things slow down - when you don’t panic when the blitzes are on you and when pressure’s around you. Things have really slowed down for Brian and he sees things really well.”

Babin threw for 1,996 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions last season as the starter, but Lucas maintained there was competition in camp between the junior Babin, senior Mike Neville and Baylor transfer Tyler Beatty.

Babin threw for a career-high 292 yards against Texas State before setting career highs at Tulane with 31 completions and 47 attempts.

Babin went through a stretch of 195 attempts without an interception last season and completed16-of-18 passes for 200 yards and five touchdowns against Ketucky-Wesleyan.

Babin and the Lions  look to better a 3-8 overall record from a year ago and a seventh-place finish in the Southland Conference with a 2-5 league mark. 

The Lions return 15 starters with six on offense and defense.

Southeastern begins conference play Oct. 11 at Stephen F. Austin.

Babin’s brother Seth, now an assistant coach at St. Amant, was also a quarterback at Southeastern. His father, Benny, is Galvez Middle School’s head football coach.