Aug. 9, 2013
BEAUMONT - The Lamar football team threw on shoulder pads for the first time this season on Thursday evening, and the tone was set early as practice began in earnest with a classic board drill to kick off the fourth day of preseason camp at Provost Umphrey Stadium.
The play continued to be physical throughout the evening as head coach Ray Woodard and his staff continued preparation for this weekend's scrimmage.
"We had a lot of energy out there, but we have to get better at executing," the fourth-year head coach said. "I'm not completely satisfied with where we are right now, but I like the direction that we're headed in. We have a lot of seniors out here, and we're doing a good job of taking care of business."
In addition to the seniors, two incoming players put together a nice showing on Thursday as the duo of wide receiver Mark Roberts and quarterback Rex Dausin connected multiple times over the course of the evening.
"Mark and Rex are good football players, and they're doing a pretty good job of picking up Coach Kueck's offense," Woodard said. "It's a great thing to have both out here and doing well because they're two guys we're going to need this season."
Both players transferred to Lamar from the University of Houston over the summer, and they will look to bring that chemistry with them to Beaumont.
"I'm still adjusting and learning the offense, but it's good to have a quarterback that I'm comfortable with to help," Roberts explained. "I think we have a bit of connection, and I know how he throws the ball. He knows where I'm going to be, and where I want to catch it."
"Mark is just a playmaker," Dausin said. "He's a tall, big receiver with good hands. He can fly down the field and jump out of the roof. He has a knack for finding the football, and I try to get it to him when I can. We were practicing every day and throwing hundreds of balls. It becomes a big trust thing. I know where he's going to be, and I know he's going to make the catch."
However, Dausin wasn't the only quarterback to star on Thursday. Caleb Berry, a starter at the position from a year ago, closed out the practice in style, linking up with Michael Handy and Jordan Edwards for a pair of touchdowns.
"Caleb is more of a gamer-type guy," Woodard said. "As the intensity increases, he plays better. He has to develop a little more consistency, but he's always been a big play guy. It was good to see him come up with a couple there late."
LU will continue camp Friday night at 7 p.m. and then close out the week with a 9 a.m. scrimmage at Provost Umphrey on Saturday. All practices during preseason are open to the public.
The Cardinals will begin their fall season on August 31 at home against Oklahoma Panhandle State, the first of six games on the home slate this season. For ticket information, please call 409-880-1715.