July 16, 2014
FRISCO, Texas -
Four Lamar Cardinals have been named to the 2014 Preseason All-Southland Conference football team announced league officials Wednesday afternoon. Senior punter returner Kevin Johnson and junior receiver Reggie Begelton received first-team honors, while senior quarterback Caleb Berry and junior offensive linemen Justin Brock were named to the second team.
"This is quite an honor for all four of these players," said head coach Ray Woodard. "I also believe this shows the maturity of our program. We have returning players that others have seen play in our conference, and they are viewed among the best the league has to offer. We are very happy to have all of them back, and look forward to seeing what they are going to do on the field this season."
A 2014 CFPA Receiver Award watch list selection, Begelton is coming off a breakthrough season that saw him lead the Southland Conference in receptions. He hauled in 82 catches for 858 yards, and was among the league leaders with eight touchdown receptions in 2013. Begelton ended the season earning second-team all-conference honors.
Johnson will be looking to reclaim the effort that earned CFPA National Punt Returner of Year honors a season ago. He had an impact in all three phases of the game, ending the year as one of the top overall return specialists in the game. Johnson averaged 18 yards per return on 12 punts last season, including two returns for touchdowns. His 48-yard scamper at Grambling State helped turn the moment around as the Cardinals rallied from 16 points down to defeat the Tigers on the road. Johnson also returned 42 kicks for 841 (20.0 ypr) as a junior.
Similar to Begelton and Johnson, Berry has been named to the CFPA preseason award watch list at his position. Berry is coming off a record-setting campaign last season that saw him post better numbers than any quarterback in school history. Before the year was finished, Berry set a new school single-season mark for completions, passing yards, touchdown passes and yards of total offense.
One of the players Berry trusted to protect his blindside last season was Brock. Having started every game at left tackle in 2013, Brock proved himself to be one of the more durable linemen in the Southland. Not only did he protect Berry during his record-setting campaign, but he also helped produce a freshman All-America at running back.
The Cardinals will kick off the 2014 season Saturday, Aug. 30, when they host Grambling State. The game against the Tigers is slated to begin at 7 p.m. from Provost Umphrey Stadium.