Xavier Bethany
Xavier  Bethany


Burton, Texas

High School:
Burton HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 195

Defensive Back


2014 Second-Team All-Southland Conference

-A 2014 Second-Team All-Southland selection

Comes out of the spring listed as a starter at safety … One of the top returning safeties in the country … Has played in 24 games, earning 12 starts during his career.

2014 (Sophomore): Second-team All-Southland Conference … Played in and started all 12 games … Was second on the team, and finished sixth in the Southland Conference with 98 tackles, including 42 solo stops … Also recorded 4.5 tackles for losses, including one sack … Picked off two passes which were returned 40 yards … Had three pass breakups, forced two fumbles, recovered another fumble and had a QB hurry … Had six double-figure tackle performances … Opened the season with 11 tackles, including 2.5 for losses, and one sack against Grambling State … Also forced a fumble, intercepted a pass and broke up another against the Tigers … Followed that up with an 11-tackle performance at Texas A&M … Five of his tackles against the Aggies were unassisted … Also forced a fumble against Texas A&M … Notched a new career-high with 13 tackles – including six solo stops – and a pass breakup against Sam Houston State … Set a new career-high two weeks later with 15 tackles, including one for a loss against the defending conference champion Southeastern Louisiana Lions … Also picked off a pass against SLU which he returned 40 yards for a touchdown … Tied his career-high with 15 tackles, including six solos, and one tackle for a loss at Central Arkansas … Also had a 10-tackle effort, with a quarterback hurry, in the win over Houston Baptist.

2013 (Freshman): Played in all 12 games ... Finished the season with 12 tackles, including four solo stops ... Also recovered a fumble ... Recorded a tackle in every game but one ... Posted a season-high two tackles at Northwestern State ... Recovered a fumble against Nicholls State.

2012: Redshirted

High School: Played four varsity seasons at Burton High School, including three as a two-way starter ... Named second-team Class A all-state at safety and honorable mention at quarterback ... Played quarterback and defensive back as a senior when Burton advanced to the Texas Class A state semifinals with a 12-3 record ... Rushed for 1,324 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior, while also completing 84-of-149 passes for 1,252 yards and 19 touchdowns ... Also registered 119 total tackles (41 solo), 12 tackles for loss and one interception in 11 games ... Was named District 13-A MVP as a junior as the Panthers finished with a 12-1 record ... Finished sixth at the state meet in the triple jump (43-9), seventh in the high jump (6-2) and seventh in the 400 meters (50.95) as a junior ... Also lettered in basketball and baseball.

Personal: Xavier Bethany was born on Feb. 13, 1993 ... Nephew of Christine Matson ... Majoring in kinesiology.


Cardinals Land Five on Preseason All-Southland Squad

Five preseason honorees tie a record for most LU players honored since return of football


Cardinals Open Spring Camp in Rain

Lamar football begins offseason workouts despite rainy conditions


Eleven Cardinals Earn All-Southland Recognition

Senior receiver Mark Roberts garners first-team recognition


Lamar Falls in Overtime at Central Arkansas

Reggie Begelton becomes LU all-time receptions leader


Lions Pull Away from Lamar

Southeastern scores 27 points in eight-minute stretch to pick up victory




The Big Red SN Guys: Lamar at McNeese Chalk Talk 2

(BEAUMONT, TX) The Big Red SN Guys, Jordan and Wesley, deliver their last Chalk Talk of the season - recapping the big win over #17 McNeese State 27-24 and the season as a whole.


Flight Plan::Football

The Lamar Cardinals (7-4 OVR) (4-3 SLC) head to Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles, LA to compete against McNeese State (6-4 OVR) (4-3 SLC) in their final game of the season. Game time is slated for 6PM.


Highlights: UIW 20 - LU 31

(BEAUMONT, TX) The Lamar Cardinals take home the close win over Incarnate Word with a final score of 20-31. Lamar had yet another record breaking game when Mark Roberts became the first player in Lamar history to record 1,000 receiving yards.

The Cardinals will travel next week to McNeese to take on the Cowboys.


Flight Plan::Football

(BEAUMONT, TX); The Lamar Cardinals are set to take on the University of Incarnate Word Cardinals in the Big Red's final home game. It is also senior night for the Cards, and there will be a ceremony before the game honoring them individually.

Game is slated for 7PM at Provost-Umphrey Stadium and online at www.bigredsn.com

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