The Port Arthur News
BEAUMONT – Lamar University wrapped up its first week of spring football practice Saturday morning at Provost Umphrey Stadium with a spirited 20-play scrimmage.
The Cardinals practiced twice this week in shorts and helmets before strapping on the pads for the first time Friday afternoon. Lamar then held a full practice Saturday morning that ended with the live scrimmage.
“I thought it was a good first week,” said LU head coach Ray Woodard. “I was pleasantly surprised with our offense’s execution. We’re further along than I thought we’d be. Defensively, what we’re doing offensively is creating some problems. We have a lot of mature players and we’ll adjust.”
Lamar returns nearly 60 letterwinners, including eight offensive starters and seven defensive starters. Woodard also welcomes back nearly his entire coaching staff, giving the Cardinals their most continuity heading into the spring season in four years of play.
“I think we already know the positions and the places where we want players to play,” said Woodard about the returning experience. “We get to spend more time teaching and fine tuning and getting on the same page. I see a lot of carryover from the fall and we’re much further ahead than we were.”
Three quarterbacks took snaps during the scrimmage with junior Caleb Berry taking reps with the first unit. Senior Ryan Mossakowski and sophomore Dillon Barrett also saw time under center.
Lamar’s defense kept the Cardinals out of the end zone, although sophomore running back Desmond Richards had some big runs. Senior defensive back Courtlin Thompson looked strong, delivering a big hit and breaking up a Mossakowski pass.
“I think we got a little tired on both sides, but that’s to be expected,” said Woodard. “We ran a lot of plays this week and this was our fourth practice in five days. I was pleased with the effort and they’ll be better after watching the film and will be a lot better by next Saturday.”
The Cardinals will hold 15 practices culminating in the annual spring game known as the Crawfish Bowl on Tuesday, Apr. 16 at 7 p.m. Lamar will be back in action Monday evening at 7 p.m.
Prior to the Crawfish Bowl, in conjunction with the A.T.O. Alumni Association, Lamar Athletics will be hosting a crawfish cookout. Crawfish cookout teams are currently being encouraged to sign-up and register their teams to participate in the cookout by emailing Michael Wilkinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 409-880-7677.
Plates will be sold at the game to sample and judge by the LU softball team with all proceeds benefiting their program. The cookout will
take place from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Dauphin Athletic Complex parking lot.
Lamar’s 12-game season begins on Aug. 31 when Oklahoma Panhandle State pays a visit to Provost Umphrey Stadium. For ticket information, call (409) 880-1715 or visit www.LamarCardinals.com.