Just days after announcing its 2014 signing class, the
current Lamar Cardinals took to the field at Provost Umphrey Stadium Monday to open
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
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
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.
Just days after announcing its 2014 signing class, the
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The announcement was made last week, ahead of Bassmaster’s official tournament schedule announcement and the buzz is already strong in Southeast Texas and beyond.
I was in Orlando, Fla. attending the ICAST (fishing trade) show and talked with a number of top anglers including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Shaw Grigsby who said it was no surprise they would return considering the massive turnout for the weigh-ins and that the area welcomed them in a very special way.
It’s far too early to speculate anything like who the top contenders will be or how the fishing will be but there are some things to keep in mind and to look for over the next few months and into the event itself.
• Prefishing-There is a pre-fishing cutoff that usually extends to right before the Bassmaster Classic and I fully expect most of the anglers in the Elites to come back and prefish.
Last go-round probably 2/3 of the field fished the area but this time I expect that to be just about everyone. Many of the anglers that did not pre-fish told me they expected to have a lot of water to fish but the sheer volume and diversity was almost overwhelming.
Beginning probably in the early fall we will see many anglers fishing local waters to get a better idea on how to approach the area.
• East to West Runs-The Elite anglers fished far and wide but I expect even more running next go-round. After launching from the Simmons Drive Boat Ramp in Orange angler Bill Lowen ran down the Intracoastal, across Galveston Bay and fished in the Clear Lake area and placed in the top 12. The more adventurous anglers will try super long runs, in my opinion, even longer than last time to try and score on big fish. The Intracoastal Canal system makes that possible.
• Sabine River -Very few of the anglers actually fished in the Sabine River despite the event being called the “Sabine River Challenge”. I think that will change with more anglers running as far north as they can to find pockets of fish that receive little pressure and perhaps a four or five-pounder to push them over the top.
• Bigger Turnout-Last year some 34,000 people attended the event which set a Bassmaster record for an Elite event.
It was broken a couple of weeks later in New York but I fully expect the 2015 tournament to draw 40,000 plus. The reason they are coming back is not for the stellar fishing because while we have lots of bass, everyone knows our fishery cannot compare to Toledo Bend for example.
The support from the public however was amazing and that is what is bringing the top anglers on the planet to fish our area.
We will have the very best coverage of the event beginning now and leading up to it with exclusive interviews with all of the top pros with not only their thoughts on the big event but with unique tips on how you can catch more fish.
It’s an exciting time and I look forward to bringing you special coverage on a special event.
(To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI or online at www.klvi.com or watch him on “God’ Outdoors with Chester Moore” Saturdays at 10 a.m. on GETV.org)
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