Lamar Football eager to get 2013 season started

Ray Woodard begins his fourth season at the helm of the Lamar football program in 2013 with a promising future on the horizon. The 2012 season saw Lamar compete against a pair of Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams for the first time since reinstating the program. The Cardinals, who finished 4-8 on the year, took on former conference rival Louisiana-Lafayette and also took a trip to face the University of Hawaii. While Lamar was voted to finish near the bottom of the Southland Conference, some players, like senior defensive lineman Jesse Dickson, are out to prove the doubters wrong.

"Every player on this team has been up here in the summer working hard and that effort is going to show when we get on the field. That passion is going to reflect how much work we’ve put in, and you don’t have to believe. Seeing is believing and you’re going to see it."

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    returning starters

    Chad Allen
    26 Position: Defensive Back
    Height/Weight: 5-11/190
    Information: Named honorable mention All-Southland Conference ... Played in all 12 games with 10 starts ... Was second on the team with 79 total tackles and his 6.6 tackles per game ranked 18th among all defensive players in the Southland Conference ... Registered 55 solo tackles and had 3.5 tackles for loss.
    Stephen Babin
    70 Position: Offensive Line
    Height/Weight: 6-4/315
    Information: Started and played in all 12 games for the Cardinals, mostly at right tackle ... Extra work in the weight room paid off with a strong season ... Graded out at over 80 percent on the season for the second time in his career.
    Reggie Begelton
    9 Position: Wide Receiver
    Height/Weight: 6-0/190
    Information: Appeared in all 12 games and picked up eight starts ... Finished third on the team with 21 receptions which totaled 172 yards ... Set season-highs with five catches for 50 yards at Central Arkansas (10/20)
    Caleb Berry
    12 Position: Quarterback
    Height/Weight: 6-2/195
    Information: Played in eight games with six starts ... Finished 76-of-146 (52.1 percent) on the year for 663 yards with five touchdown passes and five interceptions ... Was 18-of-36 for a season-high 180 yards and two touchdowns at Northwestern State (10/6) in his first career start.
    Jesse Dickson
    93 Position: Defensive End
    Height/Weight:6-3/265
    Information: Was a second-team All-Southland Conference selection ... Played and started 10 games ... Finished with 43 total tackles and led the team with nine tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks ... Ranked among the top 15 in the Southland Conference in tackles for loss and sacks.
    Jordan Edwards
    86 Position:Wide Receiver
    Height/Weight:5-11/180
    Information: Played in all 12 games with 10 starts ... Finished second on the team in receptions (23), receiving yards (349) and touchdown catches (4) ... Had one of the best receiving performances in school history with six catches for 208 yards and three touchdowns at Stephen F. Austin (11/3).
    Barry Ford
    3 Position:Wide Receiver
    Height/Weight:6-1/175
    Information: Played in all 12 games with 11 starts ... Led Lamar with 49 catches for 470 yards ... Ranked 10th in the Southland Conference with 4.1 receptions per game ... Recorded best day of career with nine catches for 111 yards in 34-24 win over Nicholls (11/10).
    Kyle Gillam
    64 Position:Offensive Lineman
    Height/Weight:6-1/270
    Information: ontinued to be the anchor and leader of the offensive line ... Played and started in all 12 games ... Started at left guard in the season opener at Louisiana-Lafayette (9/1) before returning to center for the remainder of the season.
    Jermaine Longino
    10 Position:Linebacker
    Height/Weight:5-10/220
    Information: Started all 12 games as a junior transfer and earned honorable mention All-Southland Conference honors ... Tied for the conference lead with 107 total tackles and his 8.9 tackles per game ranked second among all conference defensive players.
    Tyrus McGlothen
    4 Position:Defensive Back
    Height/Weight:5-8/175
    Information: Played in 11 games with seven starts, tying for fifth on the team with 43 tackles ... Tied for second on the team with two interceptions and six pass breakups ... Set a school record for longest interception return with a 96-yard return for a touchdown against Southeastern Louisiana (9/29).
    Mark Murrill
    90 Position:Defensive Lineman
    Height/Weight:6-2/255
    Information: Started all 12 games during junior campaign and finished eighth on the team with 37 total tackles ... Was second among all Lamar defensive players with 8.5 tackles for loss accounting for 21 yards.
    Brandon Thomas
    21 Position:Defensive Back
    Height/Weight:5-9/170
    Information: Named to the 2013 CFPA Preseason Watch List
    Named honorable mention All-Southland Conference ... Played in all 12 games with 11 starts ... Led the team and tied for the Southland Conference lead with four interceptions on the year.
    James Washington
    54 Position:Linebacker
    Height/Weight:5-11/225
    Information: Started all 12 games as a junior and finished third on the team with 68 total tackles ... Added six tackles for loss on the year, including two sacks ... Registered a personal-best 10 tackles at Stephen F. Austin (11/3) and picked off a pass to end a Lumberjack drive.
    Jestin White
    41 Position:Linebacker
    Height/Weight:6-4/190
    Information: Appeared in 11 games and garnered six starts ... Recorded eight total tackles on the year with two going for loss ... Posted four tackles in 31-0 win over Prairie View A&M (9/8) and added his lone sack of the season against the Panthers.

    2012 stats

    passing
    name comp-att-int yds pct td effic
    Ry Mossakowski 113-193-8 1194 58.5 13 124.5
    Caleb Berry 76-146-5 663 52.1 5 116.6
    rushing
    name rush yds avg td long
    DePaul Garrett 138 585 4.2 2 35
    Herschel Sims 96 388 4.0 2 25
    Darrell Harris 68 310 4.6 1 32
    Desmo Richard 32 130 4.1 0 20
    receiving
    name rec yds avg/g td long
    Barry Ford 49 470 39.2 1 25
    Jordan Edwards 23 349 29.1 4 60
    Kevin Johnson 19 309 28.1 10 34
    Reggie Begelton 21 172 14.3 1 18
    VanLawr Franks 17 165 13.8 0 34
    defense
    name tack sack tfl int ff
    Jermaine Longino 107 2.0 6.5 0 3
    Chad Allen 79 0 3.5 0 1
    James Washington 68 2.0 6.0 1 0
    Branden Thomas 45 0 1.0 4 0
    Jesse Dickson 43 4.0 9.0 0 0
    Adria Guillory 45 0 3.5 1 0
    Tyrus McGlothen 43 0.0 3.0 2 2