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Walkon Tryouts To Initiate Lamar's Fall Football Program
Lamar University will kick off its fall football program with a walkon tryout session scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday on the practice field adjacent to the south parking lot of Provost Umphrey Stadium.
The Cardinals’ 34 scholarship players will join invited walkons for a light workout in helmets and shorts later that afternoon, and the team’s first full-padded practice will be at 3 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31.
“I’m really excited about getting onto the field with these guys,” said coach Ray Woodard, who is directing Lamar’s return to football after a 20-year layoff. “It’s another step forward in the process.
“This will be our first fall practice since 1989. It’s something we’ve all been looking forward to. Our first priorities will be coming together as a team and coming together as a coaching staff. The next things we’ll be looking for is finding out where our existing players fit best in our offensive and defensive schemes.”
Woodard, who was initially a college walkon himself before eventually earning a scholarship as a defensive tackle at the University of Texas, is confident walkons will play prominent roles in the Cardinals’ return to active play in the 2010 season.
“We’re going to come out of our fall workouts with a good feel for the players we have, and we hope to be at least two deep at every position, so you can bet there will be walkons involved,” said Woodard. “They won’t be just standing around watching the other guys practice. In fact, you can count on seeing guys who started out as walkons being on the field in our first game at McNeese State (on Sept. 4, 2010).They will be vital to getting this program jump-started.
“Going into this thing, there were four different areas in which we needed to do good jobs. First, we needed to sign a good initial recruiting class, and we feel we accomplished that. Secondly, we’ll need to sign another good class next spring, and these fall workouts will give us good feels for the specific positions on which we need to concentrate those recruiting efforts.
“Next we’ll need to establish a good work ethic in these fall workouts, and we’ll need to do a good job as a coaching staff. We want to help these players perform well on the field, but we also want to help them perform well in the classroom. They are students first and athletes second.
“We’re going into these fall workouts with a lot of questions, and we intend to come out of them with a lot of answers. Walkons most assuredly will help provide some of those answers.”
The Cardinals’ first home game since the 1989 season will be Sept. 11, 2010, against Webber International in 17,000-seat Provost Umphrey Stadium, which is currently undergoing a massive renovation project.
Lamar Media Relations