230th: Division I
2017 In A Sentence: In Mike Schultz’s first season at Lamar, the Cardinals opened the 2017 season with 57 new players (including signees, transfers and walk-ons) and expectedly finished just 2-9 overall and 1-8 in Southland play with the only DI win over conference mate Houston Baptist.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: DE Manasseh Miles was second on the team in tackles with 58 and led the team in quarterback hurries with 4. He also added 5.5 TFL.
Key Player: A transfer from Tyler Junior College last year, senior DB Nate Jones made an immediate impact in the Cardinals’ secondary. He replicated the same numbers, in terms of interceptions, that 2016 All-American and third-round NFL Draft selection Brendan Langley produced. Jones finished the year with six picks to lead the SLC and finished ranked second in the league in passes defended.
Fearless Prediction: The Cardinals young team from a year ago are a year older, which should lead to better season this year but probably finishing in the middle of the Southland is about all that can be expected this year.