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As final week before college football starts, here are some predictions on how we think Cajuns will fare this season

File photo by BRAD KEMP/RaginCajuns.com -- UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire rushed for 1,264 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore last season and was voted Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.

LAFAYETTE — Think about this: Yesterday was the last Saturday you’ll have to go without football for 14 weeks. Camps have been closed, game plans have been installed, and less than a week from now, you’ll be reading about actual football games in this publication. With that in mind, let’s take the… Continue reading →

Cajuns basketball coach Bob Marlin signs new five-year contract

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns head coach Bob Marlin reacts to a play against the Texas State Bobcats at UNO Lakefront Arena in New Orleans, La. Friday, March 13, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin signed a new five-year contract that will see him remain at the university through March 31, 2020, Athletic Director Scott Farmer announced Friday. The five-year deal, which will pay $455,000 annually, includes bonus incentives for Sun Belt Conference regular-season or tournament championships, appearances in the postseason (NCAA,… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns getting closer to choosing No. 1 QB

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Jalen Nixon claps while stretching on the  first day of 2015 spring practice in Lafayette, La., Tuesday, March 3, 2015. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth has made a decision on a starting quarterback — probably. “I’ve got a good idea of who it’s probably going to be,” Hudspeth said. The Ragin’ Cajuns’ quarterback competition has been going since spring practice, and Hudspeth has maintained that he will not reveal his starter until kickoff of the… Continue reading →

Cajuns figure they’ll have their hands full with Kentucky QB Patrick Towles

Associated Press file photo -- Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles threw for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

LAFAYETTE — Kentucky might not know which quarterback Louisiana-Lafayette will send to the field for the season opener, but Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth has made himself fully aware of Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles. And Hudspeth isn’t too sure he likes what he sees out of the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder — at least not for the sake of his defense.… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Gabe Fuselier makes up for size with explosive speed

Advocate file photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- UL-Lafayette wide receiver Gabe Fuselier makes a reception during a Nov. 22 loss to Appalachian State. Fuselier had 30 catches for 264 yardsa and two touchdowns last season.

LAFAYETTE — Sophomore receiver Gabe Fuselier doesn’t fit the prototype. When coach Mark Hudspeth recruits receivers to work on the outside of the Cajuns offensive formations, the first trait he identifies is size, someone in the mold of the 6-foot-4, 205 pound Jamal Robinson. At a generously listed 5-foot-11, Fuselier is the shortest of… Continue reading →

Notebook: Cajuns begin to game plan for opener against Wildcats

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Mark Hudspeth, Head Coach of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajun football team, talks to players at the conclusion the team's final spring practice

Kentucky has been on the minds of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team since the 2015 schedule was announced, but Tuesday’s practice session was the first that was aimed primarily at the Sept. 5 opener against the Wildcats. The Ragin’ Cajun offenses and defenses worked for the first time against scout-team competition during much of Tuesday’s two-hour… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ versatile Remaine Douglas’ history of basketball, soccer proves useful

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette defensive lineman Remaine Douglas, center, pressures Georgia State quarterback Mackendy Cheridor last season.

LAFAYETTE — When Remaine Douglas had to get his strength and flexibility back, he had a head start thanks to a diverse sports background that began 1,300 miles away from Lafayette. When Douglas, a junior defensive lineman for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, faced the prospect of recovering from a torn ACL that forced him… Continue reading →

Cajuns reducing physicality to prevent more injuries

LAFAYETTE — Out of necessity, University of Louisiana at Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth toned down physicality in the name of preservation and injury prevention as the Cajuns continue their preparations for a Sept. 5 season opener against Kentucky. The Cajuns’ last scrimmage, Saturday, went about 70 plays with no tackling. “I don’t know if… Continue reading →

With one giant leap, receiver Jamal Robinson steps back into his pivotal role with the Ragin’ Cajuns

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Jamal Robinson

LAFAYETTE He had done it so many times before that it had become second nature, but all eyes were still trained on him, waiting for that concrete proof he was indeed still himself. On one of those steamy Louisiana August mornings when the air feels like soup, the first official day… Continue reading →

After years of impressive consistency, change on the scene for the Ragin’ Cajuns football team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns' head coach Mark Hudspeth yells out to his players "winning is fun" after beating the Nevada Wolf Pack 16-3 in the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — Four straight 9-4 seasons, four straight New Orleans Bowl wins. Louisiana-Lafayette certainly isn’t lacking for consistency. But as positive as that consistency has been, changes — both in personnel and coaching — swept through the Ragin’ Cajuns program this offseason. “We’ve made some changes, and I hope… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ main man Elijah McGuire is ready for more

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (15) looks around during pre-game warmups at an NCAA college football game against Mississippi at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Miss., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

LAFAYETTE — Ask Louisiana-Lafayette star running back Elijah McGuire how he thinks his junior season is going to play out, and he can’t give you a straight answer. There’s an element of the unknown going into this year. McGuire was as explosive as they come in his first two seasons, averaging nearly 9 yards… Continue reading →

Johnson: As the Cajuns keep building, their ceiling keeps rising

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

LAFAYETTE — About this time a year ago, even though I was just starting this job and just getting to know the Ragin’ Cajuns football program, I took my best shot at offering some insight into how the season might unfold. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the terminology of my trade,… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns depth chart breakdown

Photo by BRAD KEMP/RaginCajuns.com -- Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Brooks Haack

QUARTERBACK No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl. 9 Brooks Haack 6-1 212 Jr. 10 Jordan Davis 6-3 205 R-Fr. 6 Jalen Nixon 6-2 226 Jr. TAKE NOTE: The Cajuns have used preseason practice to determine which of those three will take over for Terrance Broadway. Haack is the presumptive favorite after performing well in limited reps last season, but Davis… Continue reading →

Sun Belt preview: Now up to four bowl tie-ins, Sun Belt Conference wants more — and more

South Alabama safety Roman Buchanan (23) misses the pass during the second half of the Camellia Bowl NCAA college football game against Bowling Green, Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, in Montgomery, Ala.Bowling Green won 33-28. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

LAFAYETTE — How many bowl games is enough for the Sun Belt Conference? The league has doubled its bowl tie-ins in the past two years — going from two to four — and that could have been higher had proposed games in Austin, Texas, and/or Little Rock, Arkansas, come together. But even with this… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns schedule breakdown

Appalachian State coach Scott Satterfield (AP Photo/David Goldman)

GAME 1: at Kentucky WHEN: 6 p.m. Sept. 5 WHERE: Commonwealth Stadium, Lexington, Ky. TV: ESPNU Early storyline The Wildcats return QB Patrick Towles, leading RB Stanley “Boom” Williams and WR Ryan Timmons, and all three should have bigger numbers with new coordinator Shannon Dawson’s emphasis on tempo.… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football season preview: Key players, predictions, roster and schedule breakdowns, more

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --   The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns take the field against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at the R + L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

. Four-straight nine-win seasons. Four-straight New Orleans Bowl wins. So what will the UL-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns football team do for an encore in 2015? The pieces are there for the Cajuns to have another successful season. But those pieces will look a bit different than past years as new faces will take the field. Here's… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns wrap up a hot, physically taxing preseason camp

Advocate file photo by LEE CELANO -- Mark Hudspeth

LAFAYETTE — Another year, another camp in the books — though this one was a doozy. The Louisiana-Lafayette football team will hold a scrimmage Saturday afternoon for its last practice of preseason camp before beginning some Kentucky game-plan installation next week. This year’s preseason has been difficult for coach Mark Hudspeth and his staff because of… Continue reading →

Bob Marlin, Cajuns agree on contract extension

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette men's basketball coach Bob Marlin

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette and basketball coach Bob Marlin have reached an agreement on a five-year contract extension that will keep Marlin in place through the 2019-20 season. The contract is still pending system approval and will be voted on next week. Marlin’s last contract was set to expire after next season. Marlin’s base salary… Continue reading →

Offensive line starters get time at center to develop depth

LAFAYETTE — In the name of depth, the Louisiana-Lafayette football practice was put on hold a couple times Thursday. Coach Mark Hudspeth said he worked left tackle Grant Horst and right guard Donovan Williams — both starters — in at center Thursday, and the results weren’t pretty right away. “We had some snap issues (Thursday),” Hudspeth said.… Continue reading →

A lot to like about Ragin’ Cajuns linebackers

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  ULL player Dominique Tovell is interviewed at the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Media Day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome July 20, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Senior linebacker Dominique Tovell couldn’t wipe the smile off his face. His face was lit up the entire time he discussed the Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker group, and why not? Like coach Mark Hudspeth, Tovell is entering his fifth year with the Cajuns football program, and this current crop of linebackers offers plenty to… Continue reading →

Notebook: Cajuns’ starting cornerback undecided opposite Simeon Thomas

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Defensive back Jeryl Brazil (26), is interviewed by a reporter during media day for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team held on Wednesday at the Alumni House on campus.

LAFAYETTE — Simeon Thomas will lock down one starting cornerback spot for Louisiana-Lafayette. That much is known. There’s a healthy competition for the other spot, though. “We have about five other corners that we still are trying to figure out who it’s going to be between Jevante (Watson), Troy McCollum, Savion Brown, (Christian) Goodlett and Jeryl… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Al Riles proving reliable

Advocate file photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Cajuns receiver Al Riles is getting more comfortable in his second season at the position.

LAFAYETTE — When University of Louisiana at Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth looks at wide receiver Al Riles, he doesn’t necessarily see a guy who made huge strides from last year — his first year playing receiver at the college level. That’s not to say Riles hasn’t improved, Hudspeth said. It’s just… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth likes offense’s effort in 2nd scrimmage

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team is just about where coach Mark Hudspeth thought it would be after it wrapped up its second preseason scrimmage Tuesday night, and that could mean good things for the Cajuns offensively. “I probably saw what I expected to see, which would be some things that we’re really good at right now and… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette announces basketball schedule

LAFAYETTE — A nonconference schedule that features games at UCLA, Miami, Alabama, Louisiana Tech and Pepperdine, home games against in-state foes McNeese State and New Orleans, plus a 20-game Sun Belt Conference schedule highlight the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball schedule released Tuesday. UL-Lafayette, which finished 22-14 last season under coach Bob Marlin, will open the regular-season… Continue reading →

Solid foundation, new challenge as the Ragin’ Cajuns keep the wins coming

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns' head coach Mark Hudspeth yells out to his players "winning is fun" after beating the Nevada Wolf Pack 16-3 in the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — Two FBS programs in the country have won nine or more games including a bowl game in each of the past four seasons: Oregon and (surprise) Louisiana-Lafayette. Only Boise State, Northern Illinois, Cincinnati and Utah State among “group of five” conference members have topped the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 36-win total over what has been… Continue reading →

Coach Mark Hudspeth says finding a starting quarterback who won't make turnovers is the key for the Cajuns

LAFAYETTE — Though University of Louisiana at Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth is sticking to his guns and not giving any hints about who his starting quarterback will be for the season opener, he didn’t shy away from detailing what he is looking for at the position. The Cajuns will scrimmage Tuesday, and Hudspeth… Continue reading →

Wait nearly over for Cajuns to take over athletic facility

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Construction continues Friday, August 14, 2015, on the UL-Lafayette Athletic Performance Center near Cajun Field in Lafayette, La.

It will be the type of facility that Louisiana-Lafayette athletes only dreamed about not too many years ago, and Ragin’ Cajun football coach Mark Hudspeth knows what the Student-Athlete Performance Center will mean to his program. The new building, though, has been a burr under Hudspeth’s saddle for the past two weeks, since the beginning of preseason… Continue reading →

Notebook: Cajuns turn in ‘slobber-knocker’ of a practice

Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth called Saturday’s workout a “slobber-knocker.” Senior linebacker Darzil Washington agreed. “We had a lot of guys on our side flying around making good plays,” Washington said after the Ragin’ Cajuns’ two-hour, 22-period practice in full gear. “This is a tough time right now, going through this part… Continue reading →

Devin Scott’s technique takes off

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Ragin Cajun wide receiver Devin Scott (18) trying to catch the pass against Appalachian State defender.

LAFAYETTE — The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but Devin Scott found out there can be many time-consuming parts of that journey. As a speedy receiver who typically runs many deep routes for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team, the junior from Harvey has witnessed during the… Continue reading →

Cajuns respond well after day off

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Head Coach Mark Hudspeth during a spring practice game Sat., March 28, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — After facing the grind of the first week of fall camp, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette football squad stared down a different challenge Friday: being ready to roll after a day off. “We came out today with the mentality that we were going to push through it (the heat), and we did,” Cajuns… Continue reading →

Jim Harris named Ragin’ Cajun Athletic Foundation’s first executive director

LAFAYETTE — The first executive director of the Ragin’ Cajun Athletic Foundation said he isn’t sure how the foundation has been so successful in its infancy as the fundraising arm for Louisiana-Lafayette athletics. But Jim Harris has no doubt that the capability is there for much more. “To look at what’s been done, from really a… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth compares freshman receiver Gary Haynes to former Cajuns wide receiver Harry Peoples

LAFAYETTE — As the Louisiana-Lafayette football team has steadily given their freshmen receivers additional responsibilities to help with the workload that would have been absorbed by injured receivers Jared Johnson and Lance Pace, coach Mark Hudspeth likened one of those youngsters to a former Cajuns wideout Thursday afternoon in the aftermath of Wednesday’s scrimmage. “Gary Haynes has Harry Peoples… Continue reading →

Mark Hudspeth praises newcomers after first scrimmage

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO - University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Head Coach Mark Hudspeth after a spring practice game Sat., March 28, 2015.

Mark Hudspeth had high acclaim for several members of his Louisiana-Lafayette football team after Wednesday’s opening scrimmage of preseason drills. And it wasn’t the group upon which he figured to heap praise. Instead of the veterans and prominent returnees on the Ragin’ Cajuns squad, the ones he expected to do well in familiar scrimmage surroundings, it was a… Continue reading →

First scrimmage in books for Cajuns

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns' Devin Scott (in white) reaches for a complete pass as he is covered by during a spring practice game Sat., March 28, 2015.

Louisiana-Lafayette’s first scrimmage of preseason camp may not have answered most of the questions, but it apparently didn’t create many new ones. The Ragin’ Cajuns went for 2½ hours in a closed scrimmage Wednesday night, their first trip to the Cajun Field turf since last week’s opening of preseason drills. “We don’t go in the stadium very often,” coach… Continue reading →

As fatigue sets in, Cajuns’ linebackers step up

Linebacker Otha Peters (7) runs during Louisiana-Lafayette 2015 spring football practice at tyne Moncla Indoor Practice Facility Thursday March 05, 2015 in Lafayette, AL. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — Even though the Louisiana-Lafayette football team caught a break from the heat Tuesday night thanks to the combination of a light rain shower and an indoor walk-through session, they had to fight through a different opponent. “We are deep in camp now, so fatigue is starting to set in — sore muscles and small little nicks… Continue reading →

Cajuns linebacker Darzil Washington loses weight to gain sacks

Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- UL-Lafayette linebacker Darzil Washington dropped 35 pounds in the offseason to improve his speed and mobility and give him an advantage against opposing quarterbacks.

LAFAYETTE — When Darzil Washington talks about gaining ground on quarterbacks, those are the fun football moments that make him smile. When he temporarily lost the chance last year to have that two-man race because of injury, the best way for him to make up the gap was to lose something else.… Continue reading →

Cajuns lose Jared Johnson with torn tendon in knee

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s already-thin receiver corps took another big hit over the weekend. Junior Jared Johnson, the rangy 6-foot-5 target who caught three fade-route touchdown passes last season, went down with an injury to his left knee in Saturday’s late practice. On Sunday, that injury was diagnosed as a torn tendon, and the Minden product… Continue reading →

Offensive lineman Octravian Anderson finds ways to lead without grabbing spotlight

Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- UL-Lafayette offensive lineman Octravian Anderson is a quiet leader both in the locker room and on the field.

Despite their reputation for loud and expressive meetings, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s offensive line isn’t that different from most of their ilk. The group mostly toils in obscurity, rarely grabbing the spotlight despite the Ragin’ Cajuns’ offensive success over the past four years. But when you’re the quiet taskmaster among that gregarious… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette could have RCAF director by Tuesday

Louisiana-Lafayette could have its first executive director of the Ragin’ Cajun Athletic Foundation (RCAF) by the end of Tuesday. The five-man search committee charged with filling the newly-created position has scheduled an 11 a.m. Tuesday meeting — after completing interviews with five unnamed finalists — and could reach a decision and possibly make a… Continue reading →