Keith Wilson returned overtime interception 80 yards for the game-winning score
Cardinals will officially close spring with Crawfish Bowl on Tuesday night
Cardinals will have one more Saturday scrimmage before Crawfish Bowl on Apr. 16
Cardinals enjoyed big plays on both offense and defense
New WR coach Kevin Barbay has a talented group to work with
The Cardinals lost on the road to McNeese State this Saturday night. (Lake Charles, LA)
Cardinals beat Nicholls (Beaumont, TX)
2011: Played in 10 games and got his first career start against Central Arkansas (10/22) as a backup linebacker, but is moving to wide receiver for his junior season ... Compiled 22 total tackles on the year, including 21 solos ... Blocked a punt that was returned for a touchdown by teammate Adrian Guillory in Lamar's 34-26 win at Nicholls (11/12) ... Registered a season-high six tackles at Texas State (10/15), including one of his two tackles for loss on the season ... Had three tackles and a quarterback hurry in LU's 48-38 win at Southeastern Louisiana (10/1) ... Also had three-tackle contests against Texas College, UCA and Nicholls.
2010: Played in all 11 games as a reserve linebacker ... Finished the season with 20 tackles, including three for loss and one sack ... Forced a fumble and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown, and returned a Branden Thomas blocked punt 15 yards for another touchdown, in Lamar's season-ending 44-6 win over Oklahoma Panhandle State ... Had a season-high four tackles, including his sack, vs. OPSU as well ... Opened the season with a pair of tackles at McNeese State (9/4) in his college debut.
High School: Played for coach Jerry Stewart at Dayton High School ... Moved to quarterback for senior season after earning All-District 19-4A laurels as a wide receiver during junior season ... Completed 46 of 93 passes for 774 yards and 12 touchdowns ... Carried the ball 180 times for 1,258 yards and 21 TDs ... Added 452 receiving yards on 31 catches and scored four receiving TDs ... Voted Most Valuable Player in District 19-4A and was the Texas Prepxtra Class 4A Offensive MVP for the Greater Houston/Southeast Texas area after helping to lead Broncos to an 11-3 record ... Had 40 catches for 550 yards and 10 TDs as a junior.
Personal: Payton Ploch was born on March 31, 1992, in Baytown, Texas ... Son of Jodi Ploch ... Major is general studies.