Former Lumberton star joins LU football team
Aug. 20, 2010
BEAUMONT - Former Lumberton High School standout Anthony Beard has transferred from SMU to Lamar University and will be eligible to play for the Cardinals this fall, announced LU football coach Ray Woodard on Friday.
A 6-1, 220 pound linebacker, Beard attended SMU over the summer but has joined the Cardinals and will begin practicing this week. Beard was ranked as the No. 59 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com.
"It's good to have Anthony come home and help us as we build a program and start this first season," said Woodard. "Players like Anthony are one of the reasons we brought football back to Lamar, so kids could stay home, play football and get a great education."
Beard recorded 97 tackles as a senior, including 18 for loss, with four sacks and three forced fumbles. He was named District 20-4A Defensive MVP and honorable mention all-state for his efforts.
"Anthony is a guy who is only going to get bigger and stronger," said Woodard. "He can run for days and will only get better."
Beard received scholarship offers from Arizona, Colorado, Colorado State and Missouri.