March 27, 2012
BEAUMONT - Lamar University hit the turf of Provost Umphrey Stadium in full pads on Tuesday afternoon to begin the second week of spring football practice.
This was the first of three scheduled practices for the Cardinals this week, which will include a Wednesday evening workout under the lights at 7 p.m. and a Friday scrimmage at 4 p.m. Tuesday's practice was the fourth of 15 scheduled practices which will culminate in the second annual Crawfish Bowl on Apr. 17 at 7 p.m.
Lamar will also have a senior pro day on Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. Former LU wide receivers J.J. Hayes and Marcus Jackson, defensive end Darby Jackson and defensive back Tim Hayter are scheduled to participate in front of NFL personnel.
After working with position coaches, the team came together for stretching to get practice started. After working on one-on-one drills, Lamar worked on blitz pickup. The Cardinals then worked on special team, specifically punt coverage.
Following the special teams work, was a seven-on-seven period with the receivers against the secondary. The lineman worked on one-on-one during that time, and then worked as a team at the end.
"I like our energy and our focus," said LU head coach Ray Woodard. "There's a lot of want to out of the players. There haven't been as many mistakes as I thought there might be since there are so many new things this year. We are off to a very good start.
"There are a lot of new faces to our coaching staff and a lot of new players, and I was bracing myself for us not being on the same page. I have been very happy with where we are. Our expectations are raised now since we have played for two years. It's time to start looking at the top end of this conference, and try to get there."
Lamar also had two players leave the program as sophomore quarterback Harrison Tatum
and freshman tight end Caleb Shelly
have decided to end their playing careers.
Lamar, which is coming off a 4-7 season in 2011, will play a 12-game schedule this year. The Cardinals open the season at former conference rival Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 1 before playing their home opener the following Saturday against Prairie View A&M.