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Notebook: Cajuns optimistic about status of OT Mykhael Quave

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Jalen Nixon (6) rolls out against South Alabama in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/G.M. Andrews) ORG XMIT: OTKGA146

The Cajuns were cautiously optimistic about the status of left tackle Mykhael Quave after he was injured late on an extra point attempt against Arkansas State. They received the official good news Friday. Results of an MRI on Quave’s right knee came back negative according to a text message from a school official, meaning he did not sustain… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette tackle Mykhael Quave cleared to return after knee injury

Louisiana Lafayette players Elijah McGuire (15) , Mykhael Quave (70) and Alonzo Harris (46) sing the fight song after their 34-10 victory over  Texas Stat at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/RajunCajuns.com

The Cajuns were cautiously optimistic about the status of left tackle Mykhael Quave after he was injured late on an extra-point attempt against Arkansas State. They received the official good news Friday. Results came back negative on Quave’s injured right knee, according to a text message from a team representative, meaning he did not sustain… Continue reading →

Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth mostly pleased with big win

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Head Football Coach Mark Hudspeth yells at a referee during the second half of the Arkansas State game Tuesday, Oct. 21 at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — For the most part, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth was happy with the film from the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 55-40 win against Arkansas State. But there were a couple things that weren’t so nice to see, even if they weren’t exactly under the Cajuns control, including the hit that injured left tackle… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns sit in second place for the preseason Sun Belt conference polls

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns forward Shawn Long, left, wrestles with Georgia State Panthers forward Curtis Washington under the Ragin Cajun basket in the championship game of the Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament Sunday at Lakefront Arena.

Bob Marlin isn’t too concerned about the Sun Belt Conference’s preseason men’s basketball poll, even though the team his Louisiana-Lafayette squad beat in the league title game is the unanimous pick to win this year’s crown. Georgia State, who won last year’s Sun Belt regular-season honors but lost 82-81 to the Ragin’ Cajuns in the league… Continue reading →

Video: The Acadiana Advocate's High School Football Game of the Week

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- St. Thomas More Cougars taking the field at Cougar Stadium on Friday night October 17, 2014.

Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson previews the Acadiana Advocate's High School Football Game of the Week (St. Thomas More vs. Northside). Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Cajuns say Arkansas State displayed lack of class

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway (8) looks for an open receiver against Arkansas State Tuesday Oct. 21, at Cajun Field  in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Amid a stream of no-comments and I’d-prefer-not-tos, Louisiana-Lafayette senior quarterback Terrance Broadway did not mince words regarding what happened at the end of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 55-40 win against Arkansas State. “A lot of the guys on our team were very upset with the way the game ended and thought (Arkansas State) had… Continue reading →

Thursday morning rewind: UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- From left, UL-Lafayette linebacker Chris Hill, wide receiver Jerrell Richardson and defensive back Montrel Carter sing the school's fight song after the Ragin' Cajuns' 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday at Cajun Field.

Finally, this Tuesday nonsense is over. The Cajuns have a 10-day break before they take on South Alabama in their second-to-last home game. The Jaguars have won three straight, but all three of those wins came against Sun Belt Conference bottom feeders Idaho, Appalachian State and Georgia State. It won’t necessarily serve as an advantage —… Continue reading →

Elijah McGuire’s 200-yard game carries Cajuns past Arkansas State

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire sprints away from Arkansas State defenders for a touchdown in the Cajuns' 48-40 win Tuesday at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — There were 1,116 yards and 95 points accounted for in the nearly four-hour extreme pinball match between the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Arkansas State. The game featured an ejection, two missed extra points, a couple of de-cleaters from a missile kicker, a failed fake punt from inside the kicking team’s own… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns break out special uniforms against Arkansas State in Tuesday game

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette wide receiver Jared Johnson takes off the ball against Arkansas State on Tuesday at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

A special date requires a special look. UL-Lafayette came out for its final Tuesday night game of the year in unique alternate uniforms that were different from head to toe. The helmets were glossy black with a large fleur-de-lis on one side and the players’ uniform number on the other side. They also featured a… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns run away from Arkansas State 55-40 in Sun Belt shootout

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire sprints away from Arkansas State defenders for a touchdown in the Cajuns' 48-40 win Tuesday at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — There were 1,116 yards and 95 points in the nearly four-hour extreme pinball match between the Ragin’ Cajuns and Arkansas State on Tuesday night. The game featured an ejection, two missed extra points, a couple decleaters from a missile kicker and four touchdowns that went at least 60 yards. This must… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns get committment from three-star athlete, YouTube kid Gary Haynes of Manvel, Texas

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Members of the Ragin' Cajun pep sqaud twirl their flags prior to the start the the Cajuns' game against the Panthers of Georgia State on Oct. 4, 2014 at Cajun Field.

The Ragin’ Cajuns received a commitment late Monday night from three-star athlete Gary Haynes of Manvel, Texas. “Just committed to the University of Louisiana Ragin Cajuns,” said Haynes through his Twitter account @ATMGEE_ Monday night. The Cajuns recruited the 5-foot-8 Haynes to play wide receiver, presumably out of the slot position. Haynes drew attention in… Continue reading →

Johnson: Cajuns QB Terrance Broadway is running angry — and with a smile

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway carries the ball downfield during a 48-20 loss to Louisiana Tech on Sept. 6 at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — A somber and determined Terrance Broadway took the podium in the belly of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium and searched for a sword to jump on. The Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback scanned the room while he spoke, but his gaze seemed to be replaying missed throws and opportunities from the game rather than locking onto people eye-to-eye.… Continue reading →

Cajuns, Arkansas State square off in Sun Belt showdown

Arkansas State wide receiver J.D. McKissic (23) drives against Miami in the first half of an NCAA college  football game in Miami Gardens, Fla., Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

If it’s a mid-October Tuesday, it must be the Cajuns and the Red Wolves. And it must be for control of the Sun Belt Conference football standings. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Arkansas State will meet on an October Tuesday for the third straight year in front of an ESPN2… Continue reading →

Four downs: Arkansas State at UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth leads his team onto Cajun Field for their matchup with Georgia State on Oct. 4, 2014.

1. Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson The Cajuns lost leading receiver Jamal Robinson for the season in last week’s win at Texas State, so they’ll have to be creative to get their offense going against the Sun Belt’s top defense. The Cajuns… Continue reading →

The coaches keep changing, but Arkansas State keeps on winning

Arkansas State coach Blake Anderson watches during the first half against Miami in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

LAFAYETTE — When Louisiana-Lafayette and Arkansas State line up Tuesday evening, it’ll be proof there’s not just one way to build a successful college football program — though it has to be easier to do it the way the Ragin’ Cajuns have. On one hand, take the Cajuns. They’ve had essentially the exact same… Continue reading →

Cajuns take note of Arkansas State’s Qushaun Lee

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette linebacker Boris Anyama tackles Southern's Chuck Baker in the Cajuns' 45-6 win Saturday at Cajun Field in Lafayette. Anyama had five tackles and forced a fumble. Buy this photo

LAFAYETTE — The University of Louisiana at Lafayette football team knows whether it runs right, left or up the middle, it’s going to have to deal with No. 48 in an Arkansas State uniform. “This guy, when you watch film, … you walk out of there and your head’s spinning a little… Continue reading →

With Jamal Robinson out of the picture, Cajuns look for answers at receiver

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette receiver C.J. Bates

LAFAYETTE — Without Jamal Robinson in the fold for the rest of the season, the Louisiana-Lafayette offense hopes it can emphatically prove that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. “It’s going to take a collective effort out of all those guys … to fill that void,” senior quarterback Terrance Broadway said. “We… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball team learning from the best

LAFAYETTE — His Ragin’ Cajuns softball team might have lost twice Saturday evening to a touring National Pro Fastpitch All-Star team, but Louisiana-Lafayette coach Michael Lotief said the experience was worth it. “If you’re going to be the best, you have to play against the best,” Lotief said after the NPF squad took 5-3 and… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ new-look linebackers a success

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette defensive end Dominique Tovell wraps up Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle on Saturday, Oct., 4, 2014, at Cajun Field.

Junior linebacker Dominique Tovell hadn’t played inside linebacker since the mobile app Instagram was still in its infancy. That was his senior season at Columbia High School in 2010. Now in his fourth year as a college football player, Tovell had grown accustomed to the freedom that comes with playing outside linebacker. But the Cajuns… Continue reading →

Notebook: Cajuns offensive line gets job done

Louisiana Lafayette gets ready to take the field against Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

Senior center Terry Johnson did not hesitate when asked to evaluate the Louisiana-Lafayette offensive line’s performance in last week’s 34-10 win against Texas State. “By far, that was the best we’ve done getting movement, blowing guys off the ball — very much so,” Johnson said. The numbers back that statement up. The Cajuns offensive line manhandled the Texas… Continue reading →

Video: The Acadiana Advocate High School Football Game of the Week (St. Thomas More at Teurlings Catholic)

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Teurlings Catholic Rebels take the field prior to the start of their game against the Notre Dame Pioneers on Friday Sept. 19, 2014 at Teurlings.

Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson previews Friday's "Acadiana Advocate High School Football Game of the Week' between St. Thomas More and Teurlings Catholic. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns wide receiver Jamal Robinson sidelined for the rest of the season after foot surgery

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette receiver Jamal Robinson heads toward the end zone against Georgia State on Saturday, Oct., 4, at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team’s offense suffered a major blow in Tuesday’s 34-10 win at Texas State. Senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right foot, coach Mark Hudspeth said Thursday at his weekly press luncheon. Robinson injured his foot on the fourth play from… Continue reading →

Cajuns football notebook: Texas State film looked great to coach Mark Hudspeth

Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth talks to Texas State coach Dennis Franchione after the Cajuns' 34-10 victory at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas, on Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth liked what he saw Tuesday night in the Ragin’ Cajuns’ 34-10 win at Texas State. After a closer look, he liked it even more. “I was really proud after going back and watching the film,” Hudspeth said at his weekly press gathering Thursday. “I felt… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette: Thursday morning rewind

Louisiana Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (15) heads to the end zone on a 62 yard touchdown pass against  Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

UL-Lafayette returns to Cajun Field on Tuesday for a matchup against an Arkansas State team that throttled Georgia State 52-10 in its last game. The Red Wolves are on their fifth coach in as many years, but they keep finding a way to win ball games. After the Cajuns knocked off Texas State on Tuesday night,… Continue reading →

Elijah McGuire sparks Cajuns win over Texas State

Louisiana Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire (15) heads to the end zone on a 62 yard touchdown pass against  Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette turned to their spark plug to ignite an offense that was becoming stagnate. And when Elijah McGuire didn’t fire on the first attempt, the Cajuns kept going back to him. Early in the second quarter of the Cajuns’ 34-10 win against Texas State, it looked as if the Bobcats were starting to figure out how to… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette makes big, bold moves in 34-10 Sun Belt win over Texas State

Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com -- Louisiana Lafayette quarterback Terrence Broadway runs against  Texas State during the Cajuns' 34-10 win Tuesday night at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Texas.

SAN MARCOS, Texas — To heck with the status quo. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette won the toss, and the Cajuns wanted the ball. They could’ve deferred their decision to the second half, like most teams do when they win the toss. That would’ve been the rational and logical decision. But ration and… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette defensive tackle Christian Ringo scores on fumble recovery, sparks Ragin’ Cajuns’ win at Texas State

Louisiana Lafayett edefensive tackle Christian Ringo celebrates his 41 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown against e Texas State during their game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Tx. Tuesday Oct. 14, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Louisiana-Lafayette senior Christian Ringo is a big believer in how you practice determines how you will play during a game. But even Ringo was in shock that a scoop and score during practice this week would lead to the first touchdown of his football career. The defensive lineman returned a… Continue reading →

Johnson: We’re ready for football every night — even Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette defensive end Dominique Tovell wraps up Georgia State quarterback Nick Arbuckle on Saturday, Oct., 4, 2014, at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — Even Hank Williams Jr. might’ve stumbled with this one. Are you ready for some football? A Tuesday night party! Wait, what? Tuesday? This doesn’t feel right. I love me some football, but isn’t it getting to the point where we’re becoming a bit oversaturated with it? Part of what made… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns return to Tuesday mode with trip to Texas State

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- The Ragin' Cajuns' Terrance Broadway throws to Elijah McGuire against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s football team survived its Sun Belt Conference opener against one of the league’s most prolific passing teams. Now the Ragin’ Cajuns will face a much more balanced offense, one that can run and pass with equal efficiency. In other words, a team just like the Cajuns when they are operating at peak… Continue reading →

Four downs: Ragin’ Cajuns at Texas State

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway

1. Tuesday tango: I’ve been waiting all day for ... Tuesday night? This will mark Texas State’s first foray into Tuesday night games and, as the Cajuns learned in 2012, the departure from the norm can get the better of you the first time around. The Cajuns went 0-2 in their first pair of Tuesday night… Continue reading →

Around the Sun Belt: Georgia Southern’s Eagles keep soaring

Idaho safety Bradley Njoku forces B.J. Johnson of Georgia Southern out of bounds on Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014 in Statesboro, Ga. (AP Photo/Savannah Morning News, Brittney Lohmiller)

LAFAYETTE — A win Tuesday night at Texas State would no doubt help Louisiana-Lafayette’s quest for another Sun Belt Conference title. But the Ragin’ Cajuns likely will need some help from the Bobcats in a few weeks for their second straight league crown to become a reality. That’s because Georgia… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Mark Hudspeth unveils new-look linebacker unit

Associated Press file photo by G.M. ANDREWS --  Louisiana-Lafayette safety T.J. Worthy (27) and linebacker Justin Anderson wrap up South Alabama quarterback Ross Metheny in December in Mobile, Ala.

LAFAYETTE — When all else fails, get speed on the field. Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth announced a new-look linebacker unit Sunday that will give the Cajuns the most speed they’ve had on the field at any point this season when they visit Texas State at 7 p.m. Tuesday (ESPN2). “(Former… Continue reading →

Cajuns expecting to see different Tyler Jones against Texas State

Associated Press photo by Bradley LeebTexas State quarterback Tyler Jones is sacked by Illinois defensive lineman Jihad Ward last month at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.

In Louisiana-Lafayette’s 48-24 win over Texas State last season, Bobcats quarterback Tyler Jones was a true freshman making his second career start, and it showed. The Cajuns are not likely to see the Tyler Jones they saw last season this time around. Jones’ 12 touchdown passes lead the Sun Belt Conference, and his 68.4 completion percentage ranks… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ goal: get more takeaways

Associated Press/Daily Mississippian photo by THOMAS GRANING -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth yells during during the first half of a Saturday's game against Ole Miss in Oxford, Miss.

It’s almost gotten to the point where UL-Lafayette coaches and players can laugh about it — almost. After all, it’s almost comical how the Ragin’ Cajuns have had success stripping the ball from opponents ... but have had zero success recovering those loose balls. Through five games, the Cajuns have forced just one turnover, the worst… Continue reading →

Cajuns men’s basketball team finds excitement in its mix of old and new

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--  UL-Lafayette forward Shawn Long

LAFAYETTE — Despite the loss of 46 percent of its team scoring, the Most Outstanding Player in the Sun Belt Conference tournament and the best point guard in program history, there’s excitement in the Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball camp. For some, it’s the prospect of continuing last year’s late-season success, a February-through-March streak in which… Continue reading →

Cajuns notebook: Wide receiver depth remains a concern

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns wide receiver Jamal Robinson catches the ball in the end zone for a touchdown over Georgia State Panthers cornerback Bruce Dukes Saturday , November, 4, at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

If senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson’s absence proved anything, it’s that the Ragin’ Cajuns are a much better offense when he’s on the field. That’s one way of looking at it. The other way is that the Cajuns’ depth isn’t quite where they want it to be. Though he’s played in less than half of the… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ offense is starting to find its rhythm again

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire

Before last week’s game against Georgia State, the 1-3 Cajuns seemed as if they were going through a bit of an identity crisis. They were stuck in neutral offensively. They were a talent and experience-laden offense that hadn’t figured out a way to click while working in some new parts and finding a way to replace… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns prepare for robust ground game from Dennis Franchione, Texas State

Associated Press photo by BRADLEY LEEB -- Texas State running back Robert Lowe looks for running room during a Sept. 20 at Illinois.

Given the choice, UL-Lafayette defensive lineman Christian Ringo would much rather chase after a quarterback than a running back. “Oh, pass all day,” Ringo said without hesitation when asked whether he’d prefer facing a pass-first or run-first team. Unfortunately for Ringo, he doesn’t have a choice in the matter — especially not for next week’s contest against Texas… Continue reading →

Video: The Acadiana Advocate's High School Football Game of the Week (Lafayette vs. Barbe)

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP The Lafayette High band brass section plays during the game against Acadiana High at Bill Dotson Stadium  in Scott, La., Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Photo by Buy this photo

Advocate sportswriter Luke Johnson previews Friday's high school football game between Lafayette and Barbe. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns have pleasant memories of last year’s matchup with Texas State

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Elijah McGuire finds a hole in the Texas State line on Oct. 5, 2013, in Lafayette. Buy this photo

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s football squad wouldn’t mind a repeat performance of Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference opener when it plays its first road league game Tuesday night. The Ragin’ Cajuns would like an encore of last year’s battle with Texas State even more. The Ragin’ Cajuns (2-3, 1-0) travel to San Marcos, Texas, to face the… Continue reading →

Video: Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth says a lot injured players are getting better for Texas State game

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO  - UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth Buy this photo

Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth previews the upcoming game against Texas State and talks about the health of some of his injured players. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →