2012 Lamar Cardinals football team

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2012 Lamar Cardinals football
Lamar Cardinals wordmark.svg
Conference Southland Conference
2012 record 4–8 (1–6 Southland)
Head coach Ray Woodard (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Larry Kueck (1st season)
Defensive coordinator Bill Bradley (1st season)
Home stadium Provost Umphrey Stadium
(Capacity: 16,000)
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2012 Southland Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#5 Sam Houston State +^   6 1         11 4  
#8 Central Arkansas +^   6 1         9 3  
Southeastern Louisiana   5 2         5 6  
McNeese State   4 3         7 4  
Stephen F. Austin   4 3         5 6  
Northwestern State   2 5         4 7  
Lamar   1 6         4 8  
Nicholls State   0 7         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
As of Final Standings; Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2012 Lamar Cardinals football team represented Lamar University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Cardinals were led by third-year head coach Ray Woodard and played their home games at Provost Umphrey Stadium. They were a member of the Southland Conference. They finished the season 4–8, 1–6 in Southland play to finish in seventh place.


All Cardinals football games will be broadcast on KLVI AM 560 as part of the Lamar Cardinals Radio Network. At least 3 games, including 2 road games, will be broadcast on Fox 4 KBTV as the Cardinals complete the third year of a five-year deal granting exclusive broadcast rights to select Cardinals games to KBTV.[1] SLC TV could cover 1 or 2 games minimum in addition to the KBTV games. Cardinals SLC TV games will air locally on KUIL.

Before the season[edit]

2012 recruits[edit]

Lamar signed 21 players on national letter of intent day. Four additional college recruits signed on previously, in December 2011, to bring the recruiting class to 25-members strong. On May 11, Lamar gained another player from Tyler Jr. College to bring the squad up to 26 new members. In June Lamar gained 4 transfers, 2 from Oklahoma State and 2 from various junior colleges. Because 3 of the 4 redshirted last season and the fourth was a JC transfer, all 4 will be eligible to play in the 2012 season. It brings the Lamar recruiting class up t 30 for 2012. Recruits are listed here. Player profiles for each recruit are available at the signing day link below.[2]

2nd Crawfish Bowl[edit]

The 2nd Annual Red-White Crayfish Bowl was held Saturday, May 17 at 7 PM. The team was divided into a red and white team, and 4 12-minute quarters were played.

2012 Crawfish Bowl
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Red 0 0 0 0 0 0
White 0 0 0 0 7 7

The Crawfish Bowl would need overtime to decide the winner. Both the red and white teams struggled to move the ball in different ways. The Red team only netted 6 yards rushing on 18 attempts. The white team pounded out 58-yards rushing with just one person, the returning medical redshirted DePauldrick Garrett. On the other hand, the white team owned the skies as they outgained the red team 155 to 79. Due to an imbalance in the number of quarterbacks, Caleb Berry would play for both teams. He would leave the game as the leading passer going 15-for-25 for 138 yards. Counterpart Jeremy Johnson would go 7-for-17 for 55 yards, but he also had 1 interception. Mossakowski had the fewest passing yards, with only 41 yards passing, but he also had the only touchdown.

The Red team had a chance to even the game up, but Mike Venson fumbled the ball on second down to secure the win for the white squad.

Defense dominated the game on both sides of the ball. Joe Viator, of the white team, led all players with 8 tackles. James Washington had five tackles and one sack for the white team, and Marcus Malbrough wasn't far behind with 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, and a quarterback hurry.

For the red squad Adren Dorsey led the team with two sacks. Keinon Peterson had six tackles, and Eric Arnold and Mark Murrill each had a sack.

There was only one scoring opportunity prior to the fourth quarter. Berry completed a pair of passes to Payton Ploch and one to Kyle hildreth to move the ball to the white teams 23-yard line. After the drive stalled Juventino Sanchez would try a 43-yard field goal which ended short. The red-team again drove deep into white territory on the final drive of regulation, but Sanchez missed a 42-yard field goal to end regulation.

Perhaps the highlight of the night came from Punter Kolin Kahler played for both teams and was on the field 13 times. He averaged 42.4 yards per punt for the white team and 40-yards per punt for the red-team. His longest punt came in at 56 yards, and 3 of the punts forced the opposing team to start inside the 20.


2012 Lamar Cardinals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 12 Berry, CalebCaleb Berry Redshirt.svg So
QB 5 Mossakowski, RyanRyan Mossakowski Jr
QB x Barrett, DillonDillon Barrett Redshirt.svg Fr
QB x Bergeron, MattMatt Bergeron Fr
RB 8 Venson, MikeMike Venson Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 14 Garrett, DePauldrickDePauldrick Garrett Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 22 Richards, DesmondDesmond Richards Fr
RB 27 Harmon, CalebCaleb Harmon Jr
RB x Harris, DarrellDarrell Harris Fr
TE 24 Hanna, JacobJacob Hanna Jr
TE 47 Henderson, P. J.P. J. Henderson Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 80 Soto, CoryCory Soto Jr
TE 88 McVea, PaydenPayden McVea So
WR 82 Begelton, ReggieReggie Begelton Redshirt.svg Fr
WR x Drake, GarrettGarrett Drake Fr
WR 86 Edwards, JordanJordan Edwards Jr
WR x Ejekam, KelechiKelechi Ejekam Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 3 Ford, BarryBarry Ford Jr
WR 83 Franks, VanLawranceVanLawrance Franks Sr
WR 25 Gladney, GratianGratian Gladney Fr
WR 20 Handy, MichaelMichael Handy Fr
WR 13 Hildreth, KyeKye Hildreth Jr
WR 11 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson Redshirt.svg So
WR 84 Nelson, JayceJayce Nelson Fr
WR 15 Oyefoso, OluwajimiOluwajimi Oyefoso Jr
WR x Sonnier, ZachZach Sonnier Fr
WR 38 Sparks, JesseJesse Sparks So
Pos. # Name Class
DE 5 Malbrough, MarcusMarcus Malbrough Sr
DE 57 Kirt, JeremyJeremy Kirt Jr
DE 93 Dickson, JesseJesse Dickson Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 31 Sanchez, JuventinoJuventino Sanchez Sr
PK 39 Stout, JustinJustin Stout Jr
PK 46 Ball, AlexAlex Ball Fr
PK, P 25 Kahler, KollinKollin Kahler Jr
DS 43 Maikranz, ChrisChris Maikranz Jr
DS 48 Hartwick, LawsonLawson Hartwick Redshirt.svg So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Allen Johnson (Texas A&M–Commerce)
    Asst. Head Coach/Secondary
  • Bill Bradley (Texas)
    Defensive Coordinator
  • Larry Kueck (Stephen F. Austin)
    Offensive Coordinator
  • Carey Bailey (Tennessee)
    Defensive Line
  • Kevin Barbay (Lamar)
    Wide Receivers
  • James Brown (Texas)
    Running Backs
  • Craig McGallion (Houston)
    Recruiting Coordinator/Linebackers
  • Dennis McKnight (Drake)
    Offensive Line/Special Teams
  • Marcus Carver (Army)
    Graduate Asst. Coach/Defensive Line
  • Chuck Langston (Oklahoma)
    Director of Football Operations
  • Brett Ramsey (Lamar)
    Graduate Asst. Coach/Tight Ends


  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt




Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 PM at Louisiana–Lafayette* Cajun FieldLafayette, LA (Sabine Shoe) Rajun Cajuns Network/ESPN3 L 0–40   25,803
September 8 7:00 PM Prairie View A&M* Provost Umphrey StadiumBeaumont, TX W 31–0   15,367
September 15 11:00 PM at Hawaiʻi* Aloha StadiumHonoloulu, HI KBTV L 2–54   31,442
September 22 7:00 PM Langston* Provost Umphrey Stadium • Beaumont, TX KBTV/ESPN3 W 31–0   12,383
September 29 3:00 PM Southeastern Louisiana Provost Umphrey Stadium • Beaumont, TX SLC TV L 21–31   8,426
October 6 6:00 PM at Northwestern State Harry Turpin StadiumNatchitoches, LA KBTV/ESPN3 L 23–30   8,357
October 13 3:00 PM McMurry*dagger Provost Umphrey Stadium • Beaumont, TX W 52–21   13,452
October 20 6:00 PM at No. 19 Central Arkansas Estes StadiumConway, AR L 14–24   9,374
October 27 3:00 PM No. 5 Sam Houston State Provost Umphrey Stadium • Beaumont, TX SLC TV L 7–56   9,042
November 3 6:00 PM at Stephen F. Austin Homer Bryce StadiumNacogdoches, TX L 26–40   4,421
November 10 3:00 PM Nicholls State Provost Umphrey Stadium • Beaumont, TX W 34–24   8,043
November 17 7:00 PM at McNeese State Cowboy StadiumLake Charles, LA (Battle of the Border) L 0–35   11,235
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Timee.

Game summaries[edit]


The Cardinals will open the season with an older rival in Louisiana as they meet the Ragin' Cajuns. The Rajin' Cajuns have dominated the series against the Cardinals 21-12 and are on a current 3 game winning streak against the Cardinals.[6] The two schools compete for the Sabine Shoe trophy.

Lamar at Louisiana-Lafayette
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 0 0 0
Ragin' Cajuns 13 27 0 0 40

Prairie View A&M[edit]

The Cardinals open up their home slate with their first ever contest against fellow Texas University Prairie View A&M.

Prairie View A&M at Lamar
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 0 0 0
Cardinals 14 7 3 7 31


The Cardinals return to FBS country for their first ever contest against the Warriors.

Lamar at Hawaiʻi
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 0 2 2
Warriors 7 21 13 13 54


The final tuneup before conference play will feature the first ever meeting between the Langston Lions and Lamar.

Langston at Lamar
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Cardinals 14 3 7 7 31
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Provost Umphrey Stadium
    Beaumont, TX
  • Game start: 7:00 pm CST
  • Elapsed time: 2:53
  • Game attendance: 12,383
  • Game weather: 86 °F (30 °C), Clear, winds 2 mph
  • Referee: Ross Smith
  • TV announcers (KBTV/ESPN3): Charlie Jellin, Nick Canizales, and James Ware

Southeastern Louisiana[edit]

The Cardinals open conference play against the Lions. The Cardinals currently own a 3-1 advantage in the series [7]

Southeastern Louisiana at Lamar
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 7 7 10 7 31
Cardinals 0 7 7 7 21
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Provost Umphrey Stadium
    Beaumont, TX
  • Game start: 3:05 pm CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 8,426
  • Game weather: 76 °F (24 °C), Mostly Cloudy, winds E at 2 mph
  • Referee: Buddy Gingras
  • TV announcers (SLC TV): Randy McIlvoy, Shea Walker, and Brooke Bentley

Northwestern State[edit]

Despite a 5-3 advantage in the overall series, the Cardinals will be seeking to prove they can compete with the Demons in this 2012 contest. The Demons won the revival game of this series in 2011 and have won 3 of the last 4.[8]

Lamar at Northwestern State
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 10 6 23
Demons 10 7 3 10 30
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Harry Turpin Stadium
    Natchitoches, LA
  • Game start: 6:00 pm CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 8,357
  • Referee: Ken Ray
  • TV announcers (KBTV/ESPN3): Charlie Jellin, Nick Canizales, and James Ware


The Cardinals return home for homecoming on October 20. It will be the final non-conference tilt of the year (not counting the playoffs) and they will celebrate homecoming in this contest against the War Hawks, who are celebrating their first year in the Division 2 level. It will be the third meeting between the Cardinals and War Hawks, with the previous two having come in 1953 and 1954. Currently the series is split 1-1.[9]

McMurry at Lamar
1 2 3 4 Total
War Hawks 3 0 3 15 21
Cardinals 10 21 14 7 52
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Homer Bryce Stadium
    Nacogdoches, TX
  • Game start: 7:05 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 3:11
  • Game attendance: 13,452
  • Game weather: 76 °F (24 °C), Cloudy, winds SSE 12 mph
  • Referee: Brian Alos
  • TV announcers (Lamarcardinals.com): Harold Mann and Bo Brown

Central Arkansas[edit]

The Cardinals head to Conway, Arkansas for the second match against their SLC rival, the Bears. Currently Central Arkansas leads the series 1-0.[10]

Lamar at #17 Central Arkansas
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 0 7 7 14
#17 Bears 0 17 0 7 24
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Estes Stadium
    Conway, AR
  • Game start: 6:00 PM CST
  • Elapsed time: 2:35
  • Game attendance: 9,374
  • Referee: Buddy Gingras
  • TV announcers (UCA Gameday): Justin Acri

Sam Houston State[edit]

The 19th meeting between the Cardinals and the Bearkats gives Sam Houston State back-to-back games in the state of Texas. The Bearkats own a 10-7-1 series advantage with most of the success having occurred in recent years, having won 7 of the last 8 meetings.[11]

Sam Houston State at Lamar
1 2 Total
Bearkats 0
Cardinals 0
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Provost Umphrey Stadium
    Beaumont, TX
  • TV announcers (SLC TV): Randy McIlvoy, Shea Walker, and Brooke Bentley

Stephen F. Austin[edit]

The Lumberjacks have won four consecutive against the Cardinals and five of the last six meetings, but overall the Cardinals lead the series 18-10-2.[12]

Lamar at Stephen F. Austin
1 2 Total
Lumberjacks 0
Lions 0

Nicholls State[edit]

The Cardinals and the Colonels go head-to-head in their 5th contest for the Cardinals final home game of the season. Currently the Cardinals lead the Colonels 3-1.[13]

Nicholls State at Lamar
1 2 Total
Demons 0
Lumberjacks 0
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Provost Umphrey Stadium
    Beaumont, TX
  • TV announcers (Lamarcardinals.com): Harold Mann and Bo Brown

McNeese State[edit]

This Cardinals end the 2012 regular season by returning to Lake Charles to face the Cowboys. Overall this will be the 27th meeting between the two schools. The Cowboys lead the overall series 18-7-1, and the Cowboys have won 8 of the last 9 matches.[14]

Lamar at McNeese State
1 2 Total
Cardinals 0
Cowboys 0


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  2. ^ "2012 Lamar Football Recruiting Class" (PDF). Lamar Sports. Retrieved February 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Crawfish Bowl II". Lamar Sports. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lamar Football Staff". Lamar Athletics. Archived from the original on 2015-07-02. 
  5. ^ "2012 football schedule announced". Lamar University Press. Retrieved February 23, 2012. 
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  7. ^ "Lamar vs. Southeastern Louisiana All-time results". College Football reference. 
  8. ^ "Lamar vs. Northwestern State All-time results". College Football reference. 
  9. ^ "McMurry Football Announces 2012 schedule". halmummefb.com. Retrieved March 7, 2012. 
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