Lamar running back Kade Harrington highlights a long list of
Cardinals who have been named to the 2013 All-Southland Conference teams
announced league officials Tuesday afternoon.
Harrington was named Southland Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the league coaches and media
relations directors. In addition to Harrington, nine other Cardinals received
postseason accolades, including three first-team selections.
first teamers include defensive lineman Jesse Dickson, defensive back Tyrus
McGlothen and punter Kollin Kahler, while Reggie Begelton (WR), Kyle Gillam (C)
and Kevin Johnson (PR) garnered second-team honors.
“I’m proud of every one of these young men who have been named to the
All-Southland Conference teams,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “They each had
great seasons, and it is a well-deserved honor. The great thing about it is not
all of our selections were seniors, so we will have several of these guys back
in the years to come.”
The 10 players selected to the conference’s postseason squad set a new record
for Lamar since the resurrection of the program. It also marks the
second-straight year a Cardinal has received one of the league’s superlative
honors. Kevin Johnson was 2012 SLC Newcomer of the Year.
In addition to first and second-team selections, four players received honorable
mention recognition. The player breakdown includes four players on offense, four
defensive players and two special team selections.
Harrington, a 5-9, 185-standout from Kingwood, worked his way into the starting
lineup in the third game of the season, and finished the year with seven starts.
He made his mark in the conference by finishing the year sixth in the league in
rushing, averaging better than 73 yards per game.
The league’s top freshman
running back, Harrington was also among the league leaders with eight rushing
touchdowns. Harrington set a new freshman single-season rushing record at Lamar
in 2013, and his 880 rushing yards were the most by a Cardinal since 1972.
Harrington was more than just a threat running the football. He also finished
among the league’s top 10 with 48 receptions for 376 yards and four
touchdowns. Harrington led the team with 1,256 all-purpose yards during his
“Kade exceeded everyone’s expectations,” said Woodard. “He has a very
bright future ahead of him at Lamar. I’m really looking forward to seeing what
he can do over the course of the next three seasons.”
A member of the original signing class after Lamar announced the return of
football, Dickson put together one of the best seasons, from his defensive line
position, of anyone in the nation.
He finished the year tied for ninth in the
conference with 81 total tackles. He was the only defensive lineman to rank
among the league’s top 30 in tackles. He also finished tied for tops in the
league in tackles for losses and was fifth in sacks.
McGlothen was a huge reason for Lamar being able to repeat as the Southland’s
top passing defense. Tied for the team lead in tackles, McGlothen picked off two
passes on the season, both of which he returned for scores. As a team, the
Cardinals surrendered less than 198 passing yards per game.
The team’s lone first-team preseason all-conference selection, Kahler lived up
to the billing on the field. The school’s career punting average leader,
Kahler finished second in the conference, averaging better than 41 yards per
punt. He recorded 12 punts of at least 50 yards or more, including a long of
64. He also buried 19 punts inside the opponent’s 20 yard line.
In a conference known for big-play receivers, Begelton became the league’s
elite wide out in only his second season in Beaumont. Begelton led the Southland
with 82 receptions, and was fourth in the conference averaging better than 71
receiving yards per game.
Begelton had three 100-yard receiving games on the
season, including a career night against Stephen F. Austin that saw him catch a
school-record 18 passes for 167 yards. He also became the school’s
single-season receptions leader in that contest.
Playing in the shadows of big-play threats this past season, the heroics of
Gillam at times went unnoticed, but not to the LU coaching staff. Gillam started
every game of his collegiate career, missing only a handful of snaps during his
four seasons. In that time, Gillam became the anchor of one of the league’s
strongest lines protecting for an all-conference running back and quarterback.
On the heels of being named 2012 Southland Newcomer of the Year, Johnson returns
to the conference’s postseason squad as a punt returner. Johnson made an
impact with Lamar in all phases of the game playing receiver, safety and
returning punts and kicks.
He led the Southland averaging 18 yards per punt
return, and was tied for the top spot in the country returning two punts for
In addition to Harrington, junior quarterback Caleb Berry, senior linebacker
James Washington and senior defensive back Chad Allen garnered honorable mention
Lamar running back Kade Harrington highlights a long list of
Bassmaster Elites are coming back
The Bassmaster Elite Series returns to Southeast Texas in March 2015 to fish out of Orange.
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.
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