Feb. 27, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
The Crawfish Bowl is set to kick off Saturday, March 1, at noon from Provost Umphrey Stadium. The annual spring game marks the end of the spring practice, while giving Lamar players one final opportunity to impress the coaching staff before returning to camp in August.
The one change to the 2014 spring schedule from previous years is Lamar will still have two official workouts remaining on the calendar following Saturday's scrimmage. The Cardinals will have a 7 p.m. workout Monday followed by the final practice Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m.
Saturday's scrimmage will be similar to the two previous scrimmages in terms of being an offense versus defense format where the first-team offense will battle the first-team defense (second-team offense against second-defense, etc.). A scoring system has been set up for both sides of the ball where the offense will score points for big plays, in addition to touchdowns and field goals, while the defense can score points for turnovers, three-and-out situations and for stopping drives without surrendering points. Fans can view the Crawfish Bowl rosters by clicking here .
With so many key players returning on offense, a lot of focus has been paid to the defensive side of the ball. LU head coach Ray Woodard has been pleased with the progress of his youthful defense.
"We have so many new faces on defense that we are going to see some inconsistency until they get the experience," said Woodard. "These guys continue to get better with more reps, and we, as a staff, are hoping that will continue throughout the offseason and into 2014, so by the time we get to conference our defense is a cohesive unit."
The offense seems to have picked up where it left off last season with quarterback Caleb Berry having completed 68 percent of his passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the two previous scrimmages, with only one interception. The backups have played well in reserve of Berry not missing a beat. Lamar's run game has been solid even without freshman All-America Kade Harrington not participating in the scrimmages.
Saturday will be a busy day on the Lamar campus as Lamar baseball team will host Texas-Pan American following the Crawfish Bowl. The game against the Broncs is slated to begin at 2 p.m. from Vincent-Beck Stadium.
2014 Spring Roster