Nov. 5, 2009
BEAUMONT, Texas - The Lamar University football team will take its act to prime time Monday night when coach Ray Woodard and his staff will put their 65-man squad of scholarship players and walkons through a game-like scrimmage that will conclude the Cardinals' fall workouts in preparation for their fulltime return to football during the 2010 season.
The scrimmage, which will be open to the public free of charge, will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lamar Soccer Complex.
The scrimmage will be conducted in an offense vs. defense format with the No. 1 units going against each other to start the proceedings. A scoring system will be devised that will allow the defense for point totals.
As part of creating a true college game-day atmosphere, fans are encouraged to tailgate before the scrimmage begins. The pep band and cheerleaders will be on hand to keep things lively throughout the evening.
The Cardinals will follow their fall workouts with offseason conditioning work before hitting the field again for spring training. They will play Lamar's first real game since 1989 at McNeese State on Sept. 4, 2010, and their home opener in newly renovated, 17,000-seat Provost Umphrey Stadium will be the next Saturday night against Webber International, an NAIA school from Babson Park, Fla.
In the event of rain Monday, all fans will be invited to attend a meet-and-greet session with the coaches and players in the pavilion adjacent to the Vernon Glass Field of Champions, which is the practice field for the Cardinals. Refreshments will be provided. The scrimmage will not be rescheduled if Mother Nature does not cooperate.