Aug. 20, 2011
BEAUMONT - One oldtimer and a newcomer flashed the hottest hands Saturday morning in Lamar University's second football scrimmage of fall camp held in Provost Umphrey Stadium.
Senior split end J.J. Hayes, who led the Cardinals in receiving with 52 catches for 745 yards during the 2010 season, logged a couple of spectacular grabs among his four for a team-high 91 yards during the 63-play, controlled scrimmage.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Jeremy Johnson, the former Silsbee standout who transferred to Lamar last spring after sitting out the 2010 season at West Virginia, was the fourth quarterback employed by Cardinal coach Ray Woodard. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder got the most repetitions, however, and he responded by completing seven of 10 passes for 80 yards.
Johnson and the 6-3, 210-pound Hayes combined on the Cardinals' second touchdown of the scrimmage, a 32-yard hookup on a third-down-and-4 play.
Senior Andre Bevil, who led the Cardinals in passing last season with 2,013 yards, was at the controls early in the scrimmage when he rolled to his right and spotted sophomore flanker Barry Ford open deep in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown.
The Cardinals' only other scores in the scrimmage that lasted a little less than an hour were a pair of 42-yard field goals by sophomore Justin Stout. Woodard called an end to the scrimmage after Stout's second successful kick.
The other quarterbacks to see action during this second of three intrasquad scrimmages in preparation for the Cardinals' Sept. 3 season opener in Provost Umphrey Stadium were redshirt freshman Caleb Berry and sophomore Doug Prewitt. The four quarterbacks combined to go 14-for-21 for 179 yards.
Lamar's running game produced 96 yards on 33 carries with returnees Octavious Logan
(five carries for 32 yards) and Cody Hussey
(five for 20) leading the way. Logan, a 170-pound senior who set Lamar's career kickoff return record with 661 yards last season, had the longest run of the morning, a 19-yarder.
The offense was slowed by three lost fumbles and three bobbled snaps, and the Cardinals also fumbled twice on kickoff returns.
Sophomore linebacker William Jones of Beaumont Central made the most sparkling defensive play when he scooped up a fumble by Logan and returned it 60 yards but not for a score. The Cardinal defenders, who also received an impressive sack from senior defensive end Darby Jackson, forced the offense into losses on six plays and no-gains on five others.
Also, sophomore kicker Kollin Kahler demonstrated a strong leg with punts of 47 and 50 yards.
With fall classes beginning on Monday, the Cardinals will shift their workouts to 3:30 p.m. each day except Wednesday when they will practice at 7:30 p.m. The final scrimmage of fall camp is set for Aug. 27 at 9 a.m., also in Provost Umphrey Stadium.