Delmond Landry continuing to build defensive line role
HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- The new No. 17 jersey in the middle of the defensive line was a nice sight for Southern Miss fans in the 2017 season. Now, Delmond Landry looks to increase his role behind a new position coach and enhanced outlook on the game.
"It has been a much faster game [on the FBS level]," Landry said about his transfer from Southwest Mississippi CC. "Everything here is much faster and you have to play like it, mentally and physically."
Landry last year played in 12 games as a key reserve, totaling 15 tackles with three behind the line of scrimmage. He also recovered a fumble against North Texas. As the April 21 spring game approaches and so too does the 2018 regular season, Landry says he has to improve on his technique and being a better leader for all the guys.
"We also just have to stay physical and focused," he also said. "As Coach Hopson says, just be nasty on the field."
This year's defensive line will be without several familiar faces, from Xavier Thigpen to Draper Riley and Rod Crayton. But Landry, now in his fourth season after spending the 2015-16 seasons in junior college, is ready for any adjustment that comes his way, including the addition of Southern Miss grad Chris Boone to the staff as the defensive line coach.
"Coach Boone has done a really good job," Landry said. "He also cares about making us a better player and person on and off the field."
Southern Miss is home for the first two weeks of the 2018 season when it hosts Jackson State (Sept. 1) and ULM (Sept. 8). Season tickets are available by visiting SouthernMissTickets.com, calling 1-800-844-TICK, or stopping by the Pat Ferlise Center during normal business hours.