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BEAUMONT, Texas – Approximately 90 football players reported to the Dauphin Complex on the Lamar University campus for a team meeting officially kicking off the start of preseason camp Thursday afternoon.


"With everyone officially reporting, it's go time," said junior running back Kade Harrington. "We brought in a large group of guys who can play, so we're all excited to step out on the field. With the talent we have returning, the incoming freshmen and the overall depth I believe we are going to have a really successful season."



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Lamar Cardinals freshman running back Rodney Randle had that twinkle in his eye.


It's hard to blame the Ozen product, whose Cardinals start fall practice today in preparation for their Sept. 5 home opener against Bacone College.


"I woke up and I was like 'It's really here,'" Randle said. "We're ready to get rolling."


Cardinals head coach Ray Woodard met with the team Thursday, in a team-only gathering before coming out to talk the media where he echoed his players' anticipation for the start of practice.


"It seems like we've got a kind of calmness to us that we haven't seen," said Woodard, whose team will take the field at 7:30 p.m. today. "We're anticipating great things when we get on the field."



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BEAUMONT, Texas – The first day of preseason camp is exciting for every team across the country no matter the level of the sport. At Lamar University the excitement had an added flare as the football team stepped on the field for the first time Friday evening. Approximately 90 players donned a red or white jersey, strapped on a white helmet and trotted on the football field at Provost Umphrey Stadium to begin preparations for the 2015 season. They did so with the knowledge that one of their former teammates – Joe Okafor – had signed a contract with the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers earlier in the day.


Although the signing of Okafor was just another example of how far this program has come in just five short seasons, Friday was about looking to the future.


"We've come a long way since that first season," said head coach Ray Woodard. "Obviously, having coaches who have been in the league for a number of years and a lot of veteran players we know what to expect. That first year, I think there was a little 'fear of the unknown,' but now we know what to expect and the guys know how hard they have to work.



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BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University will be holding a Fan Fest in conjunction with the football scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 22 at Provost Umphrey Stadium. The Fan Fest will begin at 5:30 p.m. from the stadium, with the Cardinals scrimmage set to kick off at 7 p.m.


Families can experience a free night of fun and football on the LU campus, highlighted by a red and white scrimmage. There will be games for the kids, and free Kona Ice treats available, along with picture opportunities with the coaches, players and members of the LU spirit squad. Fans will also be entertained by the LU marching band. Free LU mini footballs will be handed out (while supplies last).



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A few Beaumont Enterprise articles


Lamar's Justin Brock Uses Health To His Advantage



Former Nederland Standouts Are Key Parts Of Cardinal's Defensive Front



LU's Treadway Excelling Along The Offensive Line



Biggest thing from any article was how it was stated in the Treadway article that we would see a lot more runs this year. Answers possibly the biggest question about the offense other than who will be the QB.

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BEAUMONT, Texas – With every passing season more teams are shifting to a version of a spread offense. That shift has led some fans to believe that the running back position is less valued, or at minimum has become nothing more than an extra receiver. The Lamar University football team is an example of why the previous statement simply isn't true.


Although, the LU backs have proven themselves as good receivers, they also can move the ball on the ground. Led by junior Kade Harrington, the Cardinals averaged nearly 190 rushing yards per game last season for one of the top offenses in the country. After an impressive rookie campaign, Harrington quickly dismissed any potential fears of a "sophomore jinx." He rebounded from an early season injury to lead the Cardinals, and finish fourth in the Southland averaging better than 82 rushing yards per game and 11 touchdowns. He also recorded three 100-yard rushing games, and is currently third all-time in school history with six 100-yard games.



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BEAUMONT, Texas – For the past two seasons, the Lamar University football team has been recognized as having one of the more dominant passing attacks in the nation. Two years ago the Cardinals ended the year ranked 15th nationally recording nearly 290 passing yards per game. Last season, LU led the conference and ranked seventh nationally (314.3 ypg) behind the accuracy of quarterback Caleb Berry and playmaking receivers like Mark Roberts and Reggie Begelton.


Big-time names at receiver is nothing new to fans of the Red and White, in fact, it got started along with the rebirth of the program. Following the 2011 season, Lamar's second year back, and first as a member of the Southland Conference, receiver J.J. Hayes was named to the All-Southland second team.


Just a few months later, Hayes' teammate, Marcus Jackson, signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons becoming the first LU player to sign with an NFL franchise since the program's resurrection. It has almost become an expectation of Lamar to produce some of the nation's top receivers.



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BEAUMONT, Texas – The Lamar University football team will step on the turf at Provost Umphrey Stadium Friday night for a 7 p.m. workout. The practice will conclude the first full week of preseason camp for the Cardinals, who are looking to improve upon a record-setting 8-4 (.667) campaign a season ago. Big Red will open the second week of practice by hosting its first scrimmage Saturday at 9 a.m.


"We will do some red zone work, third downs, a little specials teams and then place the ball on the 30 and run the offense," said head coach Ray Woodard. "We are going to use this scrimmage to get a look at a lot of people. We have a lot of returning players, but I've been really pleased with all the young guys. We have a lot of depth on this team."




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