The Port Arthur News
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.