Ragin’ Cajuns football depth chart breakdown

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- UL-Lafayette cornerback Sean Thomas celebrates intercepting a pass against Tulane during the first quarter Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- UL-Lafayette cornerback Sean Thomas celebrates intercepting a pass against Tulane during the first quarter Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, in the New Orleans Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

QUARTERBACKS

8, Terrance Broadway, 6-2, 221, Sr.

9, Brooks Haack, 6-1, 219, So.

3, Jordan Davis, 6-3, 185, Fr.

BRIEFLY: Broadway, the Sun Belt’s preseason Offensive Player of the Year, is the unquestioned leader of the offense. Finding a solid No. 2 was a focus of the offseason after the offense struggled when Broadway was hurt last year. Haack, who saw limited time in 2013, has been impressive in preseason drills and should provide a steadier transition should that be necessary.

RUNNING BACKS

46, Alonzo Harris, 6-1, 238, Sr.

15, Elijah McGuire, 5-11, 198, So.

25, Torrey Pierce, 5-9, 177, Jr.

26, Effrem Reed, 5-8, 207, Jr.

BRIEFLY: Harris and McGuire are the Sun Belt’s best running back tandem. That’s not hyperbole: League coaches picked them as the two RBs on the preseason all-conference team. Harris provides the power with 32 career rushing scores, already ranking third in school history. McGuire is the home run threat with a nation-leading 8.4 yards per rush last season. McGuire also added nearly 20 pounds to his freshman weight and should be more durable this year.

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

X, 4, Jamal Robinson, 6-4, 205, Sr.

21, C.J. Bates, 6-1, 195, So.

H, 2, Al Riles, 5-10, 212, Jr.

37, Matthew Barnes, 6-3, 229, R-Fr.

Z, 11, James Butler, 6-3, 217, Sr.

18, Devin Scott, 5-11, 180, So.

TE, 10, Larry Pettis, 6-4, 253, Sr.

81, Nick Byrne, 6-3, 228, So.

BRIEFLY: One goal in preseason camp was finalizing a deep receiver rotation, and the Cajuns now have depth to burn. Robinson and Butler are forces on the outside, and the newcomer corps has been impressive. Jared Johnson, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, could be the surprise of the group.

OFFENSIVE LINE

LT, 70, Mykhael Quave, 6-5, 306, Jr.

62, Jarad Martin, 6-5, 306, Sr.

LG, 77, Donovan Williams, 6-3, 315, Jr.

63, Jeremy Sparks, 6-5, 288, So.

C, 72, Terry Johnson, 6-2, 295, Sr.

79, Eddie Gordon, 6-1, 320, Jr.

RG, 67, Daniel Quave, 6-3, 321, Sr.

65, Jesse Freeman, 6-4, 311, Fr.

RT, 68, Octravian Anderson, 6-4, 295, Jr.

61, Grant Horst, 6-5, 260, R-Fr.

BRIEFLY: The biggest question entering preseason drills was whether Horst or Gordon would start at center. The answer: neither. Williams impressed coaches so much that they moved returning left guard Johnson to center and put Williams in the starting five.

DEFENSIVE LINE

DE, 93, Marquis White, 6-5, 315, Jr.

99, Remaine Douglas, 6-3, 287, So.

DT, 9, Christian Ringo, 6-1, 277, Sr.

53, Marvin Martin, 6-3, 295, Sr.

DT, 6 , Justin Hamilton, 6-2, 310, Sr.

95, Rodrick Stephens, 6-0, 305, R-Fr.

BRIEFLY: Teammates call him “Juice,” and once Hamilton got juiced up and past an early season injury, he became a force in last year’s front. A solid run-stopper and surprisingly nimble for his size, he normally draws double teams, giving the now-healthy Ringo a chance to make big plays.

LINEBACKERS

OLB, 59, Jake Molbert, 6-2, 223, Sr.

57, Chris Prater, 6-5, 258, Jr.

WLB, 13, Chris Hill, 5-11, 195, Jr.

30, T.J Posey, 6-0, 235, Fr.

WLB, 44, Kevin Fouquier, 6-4, 235, So.

38, Trae Johnson, 6-1, 234, Sr.

OLB, 52, Dominique Tovell, 6-2, 248, Jr.

29, Tyren Alexander, 6-0, 208, Jr.

BRIEFLY: Fouquier is a converted high school quarterback and son of a former Cajuns assistant who passed more experienced regulars in preseason camp. He and Hill have different skill sets but worked so well together in drills that coaches have them paired up to start in the middle of the 3-4 alignment.

SECONDARY

CB, 7, Corey Trim, 5-11, 180, Sr.

19, Troy McCollum, 6-0, 173, So.

CB, 20, Dominick Jones, 5-11, 190, So.

5, Antoinne Adkins, 5-9, 180, Jr.

SS, 4, Trevance Patt, 6-0, 197, Sr.

27, T.J. Worthy, 6-2, 195, Jr.

FS, 24, Sean Thomas, 5-10, 170, Sr.

23, Tracy Walker, 6-2, 180, Fr.

BRIEFLY: The depth chart is just a starting point for a unit that should have players moving among the four spots all season. Thomas, Patt and Trim all had solid years after early-season inconsistency last year, with Thomas leading the secondary in tackles, pass breakups and interceptions.

SPECIALISTS

K, 45, Hunter Stover, 6-1, 208, Sr.

33, Stephen Brauchle, 6-1, 211, Jr.

P, 48, Daniel Cadona, 6-4, 218, Sr.

33, Stephen Brauchle, 6-1, 211, Jr.

PR, 15, Elijah McGuire, 5-11, 198, So.

KR, 3, Montrel Carter, 5-10, 195, Jr.

18, Devin Scott, 5-11, 180, So.

LS, 40, Jake Guidry, 5-10, 200, Jr.

58, Stephen Morella, 5-11, 228, So.

BRIEFLY: Brauchle was the regular on placements but struggled with consistency late in the year. Stover, noted for strong kickoffs and his penchant for making tackles, only tried one field goal — the fourth-quarter winner in the New Orleans Bowl. It’s Stover’s job to lose.