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February 11, 2014

Lamar spring football underway

BEAUMONT —  Just days after announcing its 2014 signing class, the

current Lamar Cardinals took to the field at Provost Umphrey Stadium Monday to open

spring practice.

    Although not ideal conditions, Monday’s workout is the first of 15 scheduled

practices for Lamar during spring camp. The Cards will also hold three

scrimmages during camp.

    The Cardinals are scheduled to practice  every Monday and Tuesday through the first

week in March, but have already had to alter that plan due to weather. LU pushed its second practice back to Wednesday..

    In addition to those days, Lamar will have workouts on Thursday March 13th,

Friday March 21st, Wednesday, March 26th and Friday March 28th. All workouts

will begin at 4 p.m., except for Monday evenings, which will get underway at 7

p.m.

    Head coach Ray Woodard has  will hold three scrimmages during spring camp, with the first one taking

place Saturday  at 9 a.m. The Cardinals will return to the

field a week later for the second scrimmage. The first two scrimmages are set

for 10 a.m. at Provost Umphrey Stadium. The annual Crawfish Bowl will kick off

Saturday, March 1st at noon.

    LU The Cardinals are coming off a record-setting 2013 campaign that saw them tie a

record for wins since resurrecting the program, knock off rival Stephen F.

Austin and battle several nationally ranked opponents down to the wire.

    Even with those accolades, and several key players returning offensively, the

Cardinals have several questions on the defensive side of the ball where they

will look to replace eight starters from a defense that led the league in pass

defense each of the past two seasons.

    Among the most notable departures are 2013 first-team All-Southland Conference

selections Jesse Dickson, Kollin Kahler and Tyrus McGlothen. Dickson ended his

career becoming the first Cardinal to earn All-America honors since the program

was resurrected, and is one of four Cardinals who received All-America

recognition last season.

    The coaching staff addressed the defensive departures

during the signing period bringing in 11 players on defense, including five

transfers.

    On the offensive side of the ball, quarterback Caleb Berry returns for his senior

season following the best year by a signal caller in school history. Berry

closed out the year by setting new single-season school records in completions,

passing yards, touchdown passes and yards of total offense.

    In addition to Berry, the Cardinals return numerous weapons,

side of the ball, including receiver Reggie Begelton and running back Kade

Harrington. Begelton came out of nowhere to be the league’s premier receiver

in just his second season on campus.

    Harrington was named the league freshman of

the year from his running back position. The league’s top freshman rusher,

Harrington also garnered freshman All-American accolades by proving a threat to

catch the ball out of the backfield.

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