Feb. 10, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Just days after announcing its 2014 signing class, the current Lamar Cardinals took to the field at Provost Umphrey Stadium to open Spring Practice, but the practice was cut short due to inclement weather. Although not ideal conditions, Monday's workout is the first of 15 scheduled practices for Lamar during spring camp. The Cards will also hold three scrimmages during camp.
The Cardinals will step on the field every Monday and Tuesday through the first week in March, with the lone exception coming to Tuesday's schedule. With the forecast calling for rain, LU has pushed its second practice back to Wednesday, Feb. 12th at 4 p.m.
In addition to those days, Lamar will have workouts on Thursday Feb. 13th, Friday Feb. 21st, Wednesday, Feb. 26th and Friday, Feb. 28th. All workouts will begin at 4 p.m., except for Monday evenings, which will get underway at 7 p.m.
Lamar will hold three scrimmages during spring camp with the first one taking place Saturday, Feb. 15th beginning at 9 a.m. The Cardinals will return to the field a week later for the second scrimmage. The first two scrimmages will begin at 10 a.m. from Provost Umphrey Stadium. The annual Crawfish Bowl will kick off Saturday, March 1st at noon.
The Cardinals are coming off a record-setting 2013 campaign that saw them tie a record for wins since resurrecting the program, knock off rival Stephen F. Austin and battle several nationally ranked opponents down to the wire. Even with those accolades, and several key players returning offensively, the Cardinals have several questions on the defensive side of the ball where they will look to replace eight starters from a defense that led the league in pass defense each of the past two seasons.
Among the most notable departures are 2013 first-team All-Southland Conference selections Jesse Dickson, Kollin Kahler and Tyrus McGlothen. Dickson ended his career becoming the first Cardinal to earn All-America honors since the program was resurrected, and is one of four Cardinals who received All-America recognition last season. The coaching staff addressed the defensive departures during the signing period bringing in 11 players on defense, including five transfers.
On the other side of the ball, quarterback Caleb Berry
returns for his senior season following the best year by a signal caller in school history. Berry closed out the year by setting new single-season school records in completions, passing yards, touchdown passes and yards of total offense.
In addition to Berry, the Cardinals return numerous weapons on the offensive side of the ball, including receiver Reggie Begelton and running back Kade Harrington. Begelton came out of nowhere to be the league's premier receiver in just his second season on campus. Harrington was named the league freshman of the year from his running back position. The league's top freshman rusher, Harrington also garnered freshman All-American accolades by proving a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield.