The Lamar Cardinals look to close out the first week of fall camp Saturday with their first scrimmage of the preseason. The scrimmage is slated to be a 40-play scrimmage that will see the first-team offense square off against the first-team defense and so on. The scrimmage is set to begin at 10:00 a.m. from Provost Umphrey Stadium with position drills, before play calling begins.

“I’m very satisfied with the first week of camp,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “I’ve really like our energy and the intensity the guys have brought to the field. We decided to go the first week without pads, but I believe we are ready to start hitting. These guys are ready to turn it up a notch.”

Saturday’s workout will be the first of three scheduled scrimmages (Aug. 16 and Aug. 23). After a tough first week of battling the southeast Texas heat and humidity, in addition to summer classes, the Cardinals will switch up their workout schedule for next week. Lamar will take a day off from workouts Sunday with the focus on position meetings. Monday Lamar will resume with its 7:30 p.m. workout, but they will turn right back around and take the field at 5:30 a.m. for Tuesday. Following the early morning workout, the players will take the rest of the day off. The Cardinals will return to practice Wednesday evening.

The first official two-a-day workout will be Thursday, Aug. 14. The Cards will step on the field at 9:00 a.m., followed by a 7:30 p.m. practice.

As the coaching staff prepares for the start of the 2014 season, the pollsters are doing the same thing. The Sports Network released its FCS Preseason Top 25 poll and the Cardinals will once again be facing one of the nation’s toughest schedules. Three of Lamar’s 2014 opponents appear on the poll, including two in the top 10 and one in the top five.

The Cardinals kick off the 2014 regular season Saturday, Aug. 30 against Grambling State. The game against the Tigers is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. from Provost Umphrey Stadium.