LU football team concludes first week of spring practice
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.
âI thought it was a good first week,â said LU head coach
Ray Woodard. âI was pleasantly surprised with our offenseâs execution. Weâre
further along than I thought weâd be. Defensively, what weâre doing offensively
is creating some problems. We have a lot of mature players and weâll adjust.â
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.
âI think we already know the positions and the places
where we want players to play,â said Woodard about the returning experience.
âWe 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 weâre much further ahead than
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.
Lamarâs 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.
âI think we got a little tired on both sides, but thatâs
to be expected,â said Woodard. âWe ran a lot of plays this week and this was
our fourth practice in five days. I was pleased with the effort and theyâll be
better after watching the film and will be a lot better by next Saturday.â
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 email@example.com 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.
2013 Lamar Spring Practice Schedule
Tues., March 19 at 7 p.m.
Thurs., March 21 at 4 p.m.
Fri., March 22 at 4 p.m.
Sat., March 23 at 10 a.m. (scrimmage)
Mon., March 25 at 7 p.m.
Tues., March 26 at 4 p.m.
Mon., Apr. 1 at 7 p.m.
Tues., Apr. 2 at 4 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 4 at 4 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 6 at 10 a.m. (scrimmage)
Mon., Apr. 8 at 7 p.m.
Tues., Apr. 9 at 4 p.m.
Thurs., Apr. 11 at 4 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 13 at 10 a.m. (scrimmage)
Mon., Apr. 15 Spring Game Draft at 10 a.m.
Tues., Apr. 16 Crawfish Bowl at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, April 23 2014, 10:23 AM CDT