Aug. 6, 2013
BEAUMONT - With the season just around the corner, the Lamar football team began its preseason camp on Monday evening at Provost Umphrey Stadium.
Due to class schedules and the usually warm Beaumont summers, the Cardinals hit the field at 7 p.m., leading to an anxious first day for head coach Ray Woodard.
"The first day's always a long day," the fourth-year head coach said. "We come in early, and I was ready for practice right after lunch, so it made for a long afternoon. With it being so hot, it actually turns out well for us."
"We had a lot of energy and excitement out there today," Woodard continued. "I definitely think we're further ahead this year than we were last year on the first day of practice. I really spent today watching the young guys, and I was very pleased with a lot of our freshman class."
Three freshmen joined a pair of veterans for snaps from under center in Monday's practice in what might be one of the more interesting position battles of the preseason. Both Caleb Berry and Ryan Mossakowski earned their fair share of starts at quarterback a year ago, and the trio of Rex Dausin, Robert Mitchell and Judge Wolfe joined the mix for the first time at Provost Umphrey.
"Caleb and Ryan have been around a while now, and they did what I thought they would do," Woodard explained. "This was the first time I really got to see Rex throw. He's got a good, quick release, and he makes good decisions. Robert is a good athlete, and he's in tremendous physical shape. Judge was probably the surprise of the day for me. I thought he did a good job handling our offense. We have five guys who can really play, and that's a good problem to have."
The Cardinals will continue practice on Tuesday and throughout the rest of the week at Provost Umphrey, beginning at 7 p.m. each evening with the first scrimmage of the fall set for 9 a.m. on Saturday. All practices during preseason are open to the public.
LU will begin its fall season on August 31 at home against Oklahoma Panhandle State, the first of six home games on the schedule this season. For ticket information, please call 409-880-1715.