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Cajuns glad to turn focus on Sun Belt play on football schedule

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth talks with Jeryl Brazil on the sideline during a game against Akron on Sept. 26, 2015, at Cajun Field.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth isn’t one for clich├ęs, but he dialed up one Monday at his weekly news luncheon. “We saw a lot of positives when you look at the tape,” Hudspeth said of his team’s 43-14 loss at Louisiana Tech on Saturday. “The old saying, ‘It’s never… Continue reading →

Cajuns basketball notebook: Summer spent abroad broadens Cajuns’ horizons

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UL-Lafayette guard Jay Wright

LAFAYETTE — When Bob Marlin’s students share summer stories with their classmates, the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball coach is counting on time spent abroad and individual improvement to be a two-part plan for success. As the Ragin’ Cajuns embarked Monday on the opening practice of the season, a handful of players showed skills learned during some seasoning… Continue reading →

Monday Morning Rewind: Louisiana-Lafayette

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns wide receiver Jamal Robinson (4) runs with the ball after a reception against La Tech during their game at Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday Oct. 3, 2015 in Ruston, La..

Coming up The Cajuns are hoping the beginning of Sun Belt Conference play can provide the same relief it did last season. Just like last year, the Cajuns are 1-3 as they enter the conference portion of their schedule. Last year, they rode a 7-1 conference record to their fourth straight 9-4 season, which ended with a… Continue reading →

Louisiana Tech hands Cajuns 43-14 lopsided loss Saturday

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns wide receiver Jamal Robinson (4) runs with the ball after a reception against La Tech during their game at Joe Aillet Stadium Saturday Oct. 3, 2015 in Ruston, La..

RUSTON — In the wake of their second consecutive blowout loss — and the second consecutive blowout loss at the hands of Louisiana Tech — Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth stood in front of his players and accepted the blame. The energy and effort was there from the Ragin’ Cajuns players, Hudspeth said.… Continue reading →

Ragin Cajuns’ QB Jalen Nixon makes his first start; shows flashes but struggles before shoulder injury photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns quarterback Jalen Nixon gets off a pass against Louisiana Tech during Saturday's game at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston.

RUSTON — Jalen Nixon’s first career start began with a bang but ended with a thud. The Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback, who earned his first career start Saturday against Louisiana Tech, opened the game with a five-play, 80-yard drive that was capped with a 49-yard touchdown pass to running back Elijah McGuire. But the offense sputtered the… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns slow down Louisiana Tech tailback Kenneth Dixon on an otherwise rough night

RUSTON — The No. 1 objective for the Louisiana-Lafayette defense coming into Saturday’s game was to slow down Louisiana Tech’s super running back, Kenneth Dixon. On an otherwise disappointing day, consider that mission accomplished. Dixon finished the game with a season-worst 59 yards on 22 carries, and when the Bulldogs tried to find him through the air… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns trek to Ruston to face surging Louisiana Tech

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth pumps up the crowd as the Ragin' Cajuns take on Northwestern State on Sept. 12.

LAFAYETTE — Motivation shouldn’t be a problem after what happened last year — or, for that matter, last week. Desire? Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth said his team has bounced back in this week’s workouts after a lackadaisical set of drills heading into last Saturday’s 35-14 humbling against Akron. But all of that… Continue reading →

Cajuns seek turnover turnaround

Louisiana-Lafayette defensive end Dominique Tovell, center, recovers a fumble during the first half of the New Orleans Bowl NCAA college football game against Nevada in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman) ORG XMIT: LAJB103

The Louisiana-Lafayette football team is facing a familiar problem. It’s not the possibility that it could start 1-3 for the second straight season – that’s the furthest thing from the Cajuns’ minds right now. But one thing that 1-3 start and this year’s 1-2 start have in common? Turnovers. Too… Continue reading →

Florida transfer Jeff Driskel emerges as a dual threat for Louisiana Tech

Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel (6) hands off to Louisiana Tech wide receiver Carlos Henderson (1) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

RUSTON — The nation’s most highly recruited prep quarterback in 2010, Jeff Driskel played in nine games and started six last year during his junior season at Florida. In March, with a diploma in hand and one year of eligibility remaining, he came to Louisiana Tech for graduate classes in the spring quarter — and for… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns have decided on a starting quarterback ... but they’re not tellin’

Advocate file photo by BRAD KEMP -- Quarterbacks Brooks Haack (9) and Jalen Nixon (6) go through drills during a Louisiana-Lafayette football practice Sept. 9.

LAFAYETTE – UL-Lafayette has made a decision on its starting quarterback for Saturday’s game at Louisiana Tech — and, in keeping with this year’s theme, it isn’t planning on releasing that information before kickoff. At least not publicly. “We’ve already told them,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “They already know who’s starting.” Brooks Haack, who has started the… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns linebacker Darzil Washington out for Saturday’s game against Louisiana Tech

Photo by Brad Kemp/ -- UL-Lafayette linebacker Darzil Washington

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Darzil Washington was not at practice Wednesday, and that sealed his fate for this Saturday’s game against Louisiana Tech. “He is not going to play this weekend,” Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said. “We’re going to hold him out one more (game). He might could go, but I would hate to risk it because… Continue reading →

Cajuns gearing up for ‘NFL-ready’ Kenneth Dixon

Associated Press photo by Gerry BroomeNorth Carolina State's Robert Caldwell (48) and Juston Burris (11) move in for the tackle against Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon last season.

LAFAYETTE — Preparing a team to slow down Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon is a little like trying to catch a bullet between the teeth — except there’s three or four bullets to worry about. Take away the perimeter, fine, Dixon is a beast between the tackles. Stuff the middle of the… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns make it clear: They need a faster start against Louisiana Tech

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire runs the ball in for a touchdown against Akron in the second quarter of last Saturday's game at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — When Louisiana-Lafayette goes to Ruston to face off against Louisiana Tech’s high-powered offense this week, the Ragin’ Cajuns will look to get their own offense in gear early. That’s because in the two losses, they got off to a slow start. “We’ve got to get off to a faster start,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “Two… Continue reading →

Cajuns coach mark Hudspeth wants Jamal Robinson, Elijah McGuire to step up games, leadership roles

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  UL-Lafayette wide receiver Jamal Robinson stiff-arms Northwestern State safety Chase Collins in the Cajuns' 44-17 win earlier this month at Cajun Field in Lafayette. Coach Mark Hudspeth called on Robinson and running back Elijah McGuire, two of the team's go-to players, to up their game.

LAFAYETTE — University of Louisiana at Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth wants to see his team’s brightest stars earn their label. In particular, Hudspeth publicly laid down the gauntlet for wide receiver Jamal Robinson and running back Elijah McGuire. The mission: Elevate your performance. “Jamal is still getting back in… Continue reading →

After battling beefy Akron QB Thomas Woodson, Louisiana Tech’s savvy Jeff Driskel is next for Ragin’ Cajuns

Louisiana Tech quarterback Jeff Driskel throws a pass aganist Western Kentucky in the first half of an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, in Bowling Green, Ky. (AP Photo/Michael Noble Jr.)

LAFAYETTE — After it dealt with a developing quarterback in Saturday’s loss to Akron, the Louisiana-Lafayette defense will hear a voice of experience during this week’s exam. The senior signal caller awaiting the Ragin’ Cajuns is Jeff Driskel. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, the Louisiana Tech quarterback brings a physical frame that has some similarity… Continue reading →

Cajuns back at beginning with quarterback situation

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team is back to square one at quarterback. After juniors Brooks Haack and Jalen Nixon were inconsistent Saturday during the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 35-14 home loss to Akron, coach Mark Hudspeth said both would get their chances in practice and in Saturday’s contest at Louisiana Tech. “We’ve got to find… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette Monday Morning Rewind

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Elijah McGuire looks for a running lane against Akron on Saturday.

Coming up The Cajuns have undoubtedly had this game on their mind since last September, when Louisiana Tech embarrassed them at Cajun Field in a 48-20 shellacking that started a 1-3 tailspin. But the Cajuns probably didn’t envision themselves rolling into this game at 1-2 and coming off a similarly embarrassing defeat at home to Akron. Making… Continue reading →

Jordan Daigle, Nick Crystal meet in Cajun Tennis Classic final

LAFAYETTE — Jordan Daigle and Nick Crystal will each see a familiar face across the net in Sunday’s championship finals of the Cajun Tennis Classic at Louisiana-Lafayette’s Cajun Courts. In fact, they were almost teammates. “I know Nick,” said LSU’s Daigle, who handled Georgia sophomore Paul Oosterbaan 6-2, 6-3 in one Saturday semifinal. “We… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette defense, unable to stop Akron quarterback Thomas Woodson, gets a ‘wake-up call’ in its 35-14 loss

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- UL-Lafayette defensive back Jason Williams hits the ground after failing to make a tackle on Akron wide receiver Jerome Lane during Saturday's game at Cajun Field. Williams scored on one of two touchdown passes thrown by Akron quarterback Thomas Woodson.

LAFAYETTE — Akron’s Thomas Woodson was a nightmare for UL-Lafayette on Saturday night. The sophomore quarterback was 13-for-29 for 238 yards and two touchdowns — but his mobility and his 93 yards on eight carries gave the Cajuns the most trouble in the Zips’ 35-14 victory at Cajun Field. “He moved pretty good for… Continue reading →

Notebook: Cajuns’ QB outlook still unclear

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Brooks Haack completed 8 of 17 passes for 77 yards in Saturday's loss to Akron.

LAFAYETTE — Just when it looked like the Ragin’ Cajuns had their quarterback situation figured out, it plunged back into the murky waters where it was at the beginning of the season. Brooks Haack, who started his third consecutive game, was ineffective against Akron’s stout defense. Haack completed just eight of his 17 pass attempts… Continue reading →

Akron 35, Ragin’ Cajuns 14: Luke Johnson’s three and out

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Akron cornerback Jordan George (24) celebrates with teammates after thwarting a UL-Lafayette fourth-and-goal attempt during Saturday's game at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

1. WHAT WE LEARNED The Cajuns have issues everywhere. The defense showed many of the same issues it had in the first two games, with defensive backs getting beat in man-to-man coverage and too many players missing tackles. The offense didn’t bail out the defense this week. The receivers couldn’t get open; the quarterbacks showed questionable… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns falter against Akron at home; Coach Mark Hudspeth notes new team facility 'distraction' for young squad

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye--Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire (15) just short of the goal line on fourth down in the Swamp on Saturday September 26, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — The defining play of Louisiana-Lafayette’s loss to Akron on Saturday night came well after the game was decided but spoke everything about the attitude the Zips carried with them as they blasted the Cajuns 35-14 on their home turf. Already leading 28-7, Zips running back Conor Hundley delivered the finishing blow. After… Continue reading →

Gameday preview: Akron at UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns quarterback Brooks Haack (9) throws the ball ahead of pressure from Northwestern's Rico Robinson (66) on Saturday at Cajun Field.

The next level: Brooks Haack has the green light; now it’s on him to go Junior quarterback Brooks Haack earned a vote of confidence from coach Mark Hudspeth this week. Even with fellow junior Jalen Nixon returning to action after missing the Northwestern State game with a shoulder injury, Hudspeth said Haack had done… Continue reading →

With coaches Mark Hudspeth and Terry Bowden, Cajuns and Akron have ties that run deep — especially through North Alabama

Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, left, shakes hands with Akron head coach Terry Bowden, right, following their NCAA college football game in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015. Oklahoma won 41-3. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

LAFAYETTE — Both Louisiana-Lafayette and Akron owe a debt to North Alabama. The Division II school in Florence, known as “Alabama’s Renaissance City,” was responsible for both Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth and Zips boss Terry Bowden making a big step toward their current jobs leading Football Bowl Subdivision programs. Both were hugely successful… Continue reading →

Cajuns defensive linemen dream of scoring touchdowns

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Sherard Johnson, defensive lineman for the Ragin' Cajuns, is shown during practice on Tuesday at the team's training facility.

LAFAYETTE — It’s a dream sequence for many linemen — receiving a handoff or catching a pass and rumbling into the end zone for a touchdown. Dreams have come true for University of Akron nose tackle Cody Grice several times during the past two seasons. Grice, a 5-foot-11, 275-pound senior, scored 29 touchdowns as a… Continue reading →

Akron plans to start quarterback Tommy Woodson against Ragin’ Cajuns

Associated Press file photo by KEITH SRAKOCIC -- Akron quarterback Tommy Woodson plays in the first half of a game at Pittsburgh last season.

LAFAYETTE — Akron is making a change at the quarterback position ahead of this week’s game against Louisiana-Lafayette. Akron coach Terry Bowden confirmed earlier this week that sophomore Tommy Woodson will make his third career start — and first of the 2015 season — after a strong performance against Savannah State last season. “Right now, the way… Continue reading →

Collegiate Baseball ranks UL-Lafayette baseball’s recruiting class No. 13 in country

LAFAYETTE – Every member of the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team’s 2015 signing class opted to play collegiately instead of professionally, and that helped the group earn a high grade. Collegiate Baseball magazine ranked the Cajuns’ class as the 13th best in nationally Tuesday, ahead of powerhouse programs such as Texas, North Carolina and Florida State.… Continue reading →

Several Cajuns returning from injuries in time for Akron game

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Receiver Al Riles is one of several key UL-Lafayette players expected to be back from injuries for Saturday's game against Akron.

One of the goals of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s open-date football weekend was to heal up some nagging injuries, and Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said that was accomplished in a big way. The Cajuns returned to practice Sunday night after taking two days off, and several players who saw limited… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Mark Hudspeth on opening of Student-Athlete Performance Center: ‘By far the top facility in the Group of Five’

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth (AP Photo/David Stephenson)

LAFAYETTE — After Christmas came in September for the Louisiana-Lafayette football team, coach Mark Hudspeth sent out reminders that wrapping paper must be picked up and the work week is in full swing. Wide-eyed excitement was one product of Cajuns football players taking in the now-open $30 million, 100,000-square-foot Student-Athlete Performance Center. “Hopefully with the… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns kicker Dylan Scheurich returns to practice; Mark Hudspeth looks for more defens ive takeaways

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth pumps up the crowd as the Ragin' Cajuns take on Northwestern State on Sept. 12.

LAFAYETTE — After missing all of preseason practice and the first two weeks of the season with a strained back, Louisiana-Lafayette kicker Dylan Scheurich made his way back to the practice field this week. “He’s back ... I’m glad to see him back, because he was kicking the ball really well in the spring,” coach… Continue reading →

From walk-on to key contributor, the Cajuns’ Zach DeGrange knows that ‘dreams come true’

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Troy McCollum brings down Kentucky wide receiver Dorian Baker with help from Zachary DeGrange during their game at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday in Lexington, Ky.

LAFAYETTE — He had spent so much energy getting to this point that he looked like he had no idea how to celebrate when his moment actually arrived. Lining up just off defensive end Remaine Douglas’ left shoulder in the first quarter against Kentucky, Louisiana-Lafayette senior nickel back Zach DeGrange blitzed off the edge.… Continue reading →

Cajuns preparing for long weekend

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s Thursday practice concluded with six sideline-to-sideline sprints and a lengthy address from coach Mark Hudspeth. The reasoning: The Cajuns have a long weekend ahead of them. With an open date on the schedule, Hudspeth elected to give his players most of the weekend off. Developmental players will lift weights Friday… Continue reading →

Cajuns passing game progresses, even with small sample size against Northwestern State

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin' Cajuns quarterback Brooks Haack (9) throws the ball ahead of pressure from Northwestern's Rico Robinson (66) on Saturday at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — The plan for Louisiana-Lafayette going into last week’s game against Northwestern State was to continue the natural progression for their quarterback group after a solid, if unspectacular, first game against Kentucky. But plans don’t always work out. Northwestern State’s defensive alignments didn’t give the Cajuns many options last week as far as… Continue reading →

Open date offers its own challenges for Cajuns

LAFAYETTE — For freshmen who have enjoyed success during the first two weeks, the new challenge at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football facilities is to not let an open date close the door on that momentum. Receiver Gary Haynes has eight catches for 38 yards against a Southeastern Conference foe in Kentucky and… Continue reading →