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Three Lamar players ruled academically ineligible
Lamar University football players Christian Louis and Donte Lopez are academically ineligible to play this fall and are off the team, coach Ray Woodard said Thursday.
Both attended West Brook and played last season as redshirt freshmen. They were among the first high school players signed by Woodard after the 2008 season.
Louis signed as a quarterback and practiced last season as a defensive back. He did not play in a game last season. He returned to quarterback for spring practices.
Lopez, who walked on to the men’s basketball team as a freshman, caught four passes for 32 yards last season.
Anthony Wilkins, an offensive lineman from New Jersey, also is academically ineligible and is off the team, Woodard said.
Woodard said the players can choose to stay in school to regain eligibility for the 2012 season. (UPDATE: Louis’ father, Arthur, said Christian Louis will not stay at Lamar and is undecided about if he will continue to play college football.)
All three received some form of athletic scholarship assistance.
Woodard has distributed portions of that scholarship money to quarterback Doug Prewitt, a Kelly graduate who played last season as a walk-on, wide receiver Josh Powdrill (West Brook) and defensive back Branden Thomas (Central).
Powdrill and Thomas already received some assistance.
Tight end Caleb Shelly, a recent Coldspring graduate who signed with Lamar in February, will also earn additional aid, Woodard said.
Offensive lineman Alex Goff will not play this season after he underwent a recent shoulder surgery. Goff is a senior. He will work this season as a student assistant coach and is on track to graduate in December, Woodard said.
Woodard said he has “2-1/2 or 3” scholarships to distribute. He is holding those for potential midsummer transfers. All additional aid will be distributed to the rest of the team, he said.
Schools such as Lamar in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) can distribute as many as 63 scholarships to as many as 85 players.
Lamar has 65 players with some form of athletic scholarship assistance, according to figures provided by Woodard.
By Chris Dabe, Beaumont Enterprise