The Port Arthur News
As the midway point of spring football practice approaches, Lamar University head coach Ray Woodard is pleased with the progress his players and coaching staff have made.
Lamar lost 23 letterwinners, including 12 starters, from last year’s team. The Cardinals have several familiar faces, but are also adding several newcomers. Add to that the fact that there are a handful of new additions to the coaching staff, and this spring will be key to the success of the football program.
“We have just been progressing and adding to what we already put in,” said Woodard about the spring workouts. “We have 15 practices to get everything we want to get in, and so we’re slowly but surely building. I really like the way we’re working.”
Lamar hit the field for individual workouts with the players practicing with their position coaches. Players went through a variety of drills in full pads Tuesday as they continue to learn the new packages that are being put in place.
After stretching, Lamar worked on the inside run and blitz pick-up. As usual, a special teams’ session was held in the middle of practice. Tuesday’s work included punt coverage.
Lamar then worked on 7-on-7 drills with all three quarterbacks taking reps. Caleb Berry, Jeremy Johnson and newcomer Ryan Mossakowski all took snaps under center. Woodard is pleased with where his quarterbacks are at right now.
“We have a lot of depth at quarterback and all three have looked sharp at times,” said Woodard. “I’ll put it this way, if we had as much talent and depth at every position as we have at quarterback, we’d be a very good football team.”
The Cardinals closed practice with 11-on-11 work.
Lamar will practice Wednesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. with Thursday’s practice ending in the second scrimmage of the spring. The Cardinals will hold the Annual Crawfish Bowl (Red-White game) on Apr. 17.
Lamar, which is coming off a 4-7 season in 2011, will play a 12-game schedule this year. The Cardinals open the season at former conference rival Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 1 before playing their home opener the following Saturday against Prairie View A&M.