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CAJUNS CAMP REPORT: Team goes through ‘dress rehearsal’

There was no contact, blocking or tackling Friday as Louisiana-Lafayette’s football team went through a different kind of preparation. Friday’s two-hour morning workout on the Cajun Field turf served as a full-scale “mock” game, giving the Ragin’ Cajuns a chance to rehearse before next Saturday’s 6 p.m. opener against Southern. “We did the whole thing,” UL-Lafayette coach… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Terry Johnson getting more comfortable at center

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIELouisiana-Lafayette center Terry Johnson jokes with treammates during practice on Aug. 5 at the Ragin' Cajun training facility in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Maybe Louisiana-Lafayette’s football coaches knew something when they uprooted Terry Johnson from a comfortable position at left guard, both in spring drills and again this fall. The Ragin’ Cajuns needed a center, and it didn’t matter that Johnson had never played with his hand on the ball. The staff knew he had… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns now benefit from player depth, development

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIEUL-Lafayette linebacker Dominique Tovell

Four years ago, linebacker Dominique Tovell wasn’t the happiest of the Louisiana-Lafayette fall campers. Tovell was told he would sit out his true freshman season as a redshirt. It was when he got his first dose of post-prep reality, and it wasn’t sitting right with him. “I wanted to play just like every freshman wants to… Continue reading →

Cajuns, Cowboys to resume football rivalry in 2016

The Ragin’ Cajuns and McNeese State will resume a long-standing rivalry in 2016, the schools announced Thursday. The two teams will play Sept. 10, 2016 at Cajun Field. It’ll be the first meeting since 2007, when the Cowboys intercepted Cajuns’ quarterback Michael Desormeaux four times and rushed for 276 yards to beat the Cajuns 38-17 at Cajun Field.… Continue reading →

Cajuns soccer opens season Friday night

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette soccer team kicks off its season on the road this weekend against two Southland Conference opponents. UL-Lafayette opens the season against Sam Houston State at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Then travels to Southeastern Louisiana for a 4 p.m. Sunday game in Hammond. The Ragin’ Cajuns are coming off their best… Continue reading →

Cajuns break ground on new athletic facility

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK University of Louisiana at Lafayette Athletic Director Scott Farmer speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for a new indoor athletics facility Wednesday in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette dignitaries and members of the Ragin’ Cajuns Athletic Foundation were on hand Wednesday to break ground on an Athletics Performance Center that is part of the first tier in the university’s athletics master plan. “There was a term we always used around here: We do more with less,” said Gerald Broussard, who… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Dominick Jones has a head for the game

UL corner back Dominick Jones waits for practice to start on the first day of fall practice at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Photo by Brad Kemp/RaginCajuns.com

Don’t assume redshirt sophomore Dominick Jones got a big head from winning the starting cornerback job in fall camp. No, teammates will say his head has been that big all along. Big as in literally larger than usual. So big that for the last few years they’ve ignored his given name and have taken to calling him… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns are both talented and deep at running back

Advocate file photo by BRAD BOWIELouisiana-Lafayette's  Effrem Reed runs against South Alabama's Jake Johnson in a 2012 game.

It’s a good problem to have, but Louisiana-Lafayette offensive coordinator Jay Johnson is going to have to get creative distributing the ball this season. His backfield consists of four players who have either dominated or shown flashes of success with limited playing time, and another who has had a strong camp.… Continue reading →

Cajuns in good shape as they turn toward game preparation

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- UL-Lafayette running back Cardaye Spencer is brought down by a host of defensive players during the Ragin' Cajuns' second scrimmage of preseason practice at Cajun Field in Lafayette on Saturday.

The calendar says there’s one week remaining, but for all intents and purposes the Ragin’ Cajuns preseason camp ended with their second scrimmage Saturday. It’s time for coach Mark Hudspeth to turn his focus away from evaluating his own players and toward preparing for the opposition. “We’ll start easing into (game prep) probably starting Tuesday,” Hudspeth said… Continue reading →

For the Cajuns’ coaches, continuity is the thing

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Assistant coach for the Ragin' Cajuns, Timothy Edwards talks to players during practice on Tuesday, August 12 at the team's training facility.

Louisiana-Lafayette assistant head coach Reed Stringer knows he can speak his mind when he disagrees with another coach, and he doesn’t need to worry about hurting feelings or egos, even if that coach is boss man Mark Hudspeth. Stringer knows each of his fellow coaches’ strengths and weaknesses as he knows his own. He knows… Continue reading →

Plaquemine’s Kevin Dotson commits to UL-Lafayette

Plaquemine High offensive linemen Kenvin Dotson

Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth probably figured his team would be responsible for all the big plays during a Saturday scrimmage. That was before Plaquemine High offensive lineman Kevin Dotson made a play of his own, committing the Cajuns moments before the scrimmage. “They were out stretching before the scrimmage, and I went out… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Australian punter Daniel Cadona getting more comfortable

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWE -- Univesity of Louisiana at Lafayette defensive coordinator James Willis during practice on Tuesday at the Cajuns' practice field.

When Daniel Cadona ran onto the turf at Arkansas’ Razorback Stadium last year, a lot of the Louisiana-Lafayette faithful — players, fans and coaches alike — were holding their breath. Cadona wasn’t that concerned about his first punt as a Ragin’ Cajun. “I didn’t worry about it too much,” the Darwin, Australia, native recalled. “I was… Continue reading →

Camp report: Cajuns set for scrimmage Saturday

For those Louisiana-Lafayette football players who are trying to make their way up the depth chart, Saturday’s scrimmage is the final high-profile chance during fall camp to make a move. “The (starters) are going to scrimmage, but it will be more of what we call a controlled tempo,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “It will be full-speed, but probably will… Continue reading →

Terrance Broadway named to Manning Award Watch List

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- UL-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway scrambles  in the first quarter of the New Orleans Bowl on Dec. 21 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway earned more national preseason honors Thursday when he was named to the 2014 Manning Award Watch List. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl… Continue reading →

Cajuns tight end Larry Pettis having ‘phenomenal camp’

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMPLouisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth watch the first fall scrimmage for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at Cajun Field on Saturday in Lafayette.

Even though Larry Pettis is part of a balancing act, the performance of the Louisiana-Lafayette offense at Thursday’s practice kept him feeling like he is consistently on solid ground. Pettis enters the final days of fall camp as the squad’s clear No. 1 option at tight end. The senior from Oxford, Mississippi, has established himself in that… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns ramp up practice pressure as camp clock ticks away

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Offensive lineman Terry Johnson, right, blocks defensive lineman Marquis White during practice for the Ragin' Cajun football team on Tuesday.

The hum blasting through the speakers at the Louisiana-Lafayette football complex Wednesday morning was audible proof that the season is right around the corner. Wednesday’s practice was roughly the midway point of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ preseason camp, but by next week, they will start implementing game prep for the season opener Aug. 30 against Southern. “We’re ahead… Continue reading →

Former Arkansas LB Otha Peters transfers to UL-Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry pulls in the touchdown pass in front of Arkansas linebacker Otha Peters on Friday Nov. 23, 2012, in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Ragin’ Cajuns landed a big-time player late Wednesday when former Arkansas linebacker Otha Peters decided to transfer to UL-Lafayette. “I’M A RAGIN CAJUN,” Peters posted on Twitter. Peters was a four-star recruit coming out of Covington High School. He chose Arkansas over offers from Tennessee and TCU, among others, and got off to a solid… Continue reading →

Cajuns camp report: Defensive line prepared to their dirty work

The practical side of Marquise White tells him there are times when his efforts will set the table for a teammate to achieve glory. The junior defensive lineman from Orlando, Florida, managed to rack up 19 tackles and a pair of sacks last season for Louisiana-Lafayette. To be even more disruptive in an opponent’s offensive backfield, or to clear… Continue reading →

Dylan Bossier, walk-on lineman leave Cajuns’ program

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette defensive back Antoinne Adkins, right, prepares to defend against wide reciver Dylan Bossier during practice last Wednesday morning. Bossier has left the program, the university confirmed Wednesday.

Junior wide receiver Dylan Bossier has left the Ragin’ Cajuns football program, the school confirmed Wednesday. Walk-on offensive lineman Adrian Carmack, a Pensacola, Florida, native, is also no longer with the program, the school also confirmed. The 6-foot-2 Bossier, a Teurlings Catholic alumnus, transferred to UL-Lafayette after a two-year stint at Jones County Community College in… Continue reading →

Cajuns find right tempo in scrimmage

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp Running back Torey Pierce (25) tries to run away from defender Jacob Molbert (59) during the Ffrst fall scrimmage for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.

Mark Hudspeth stressed the time factor to his Louisiana-Lafayette football team right after Saturday’s first full-scale scrimmage of fall camp. The 98-play scrimmage had a 6 p.m. start under the Cajun Field lights, the same time the Ragin’ Cajuns will welcome Southern in three weeks for the 2014 season opener. “I told the guys that right now we’d be… Continue reading →

Johnson: Brooks Haack gives the Cajuns a reliable backup plan

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIESophomore quarterback Brooks Haack searches for a receiver as Louisiana-Lafayette practices Tuesday.

Insurance plans are required if you’re going to make your mark on the college football world, because really every team is only as good as its backup quarterback. If such a term applied in the college ranks, Terrance Broadway would be a true franchise quarterback. He’s the centerpiece of an offense that will likely cause some headaches… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette’s new dining arrangement ‘first class’

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp UL football players Christian Ringo, left to right, Jake Molbert, Terry Johnson, Jalen Nixon, Noah Marks and Taboris Lee serve themselves from the training table which is in a big tent located at Moore Field in Lafayette, La., Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

The drudgery of training camp goes away for Louisiana-Lafayette’s football team three times a day. That’s when the Ragin’ Cajuns take advantage of the biggest preseason format change in any of coach Mark Hudspeth’s four fall camps. And it doesn’t take long to get there. Three times a day, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the UL-Lafayette… Continue reading →

No immediate repercussions for UL-Lafayette in new autonomy agreement

The NCAA took its first step toward changing the way it operates Thursday, with its board of directors approving proposed autonomy for the “Power Five” conferences by a 16-2 margin. There aren’t any immediate repercussions for schools like Louisiana-Lafayette, but it could present larger challenges for smaller schools’ ability to keep the competitive gap with the 65… Continue reading →

Camp report: Cajuns start to zero in on scrimmage

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Wide reciever Darius Hoggins breaks away from defenders during practice for the Ragin' Cajun football team on Tuesday.

The first few days of preseason camp have been a critical time for the Ragin’ Cajuns, as newcomers get accustomed to their surroundings and coaches implement schemes. But Friday’s the day when teeth hit meat. The Cajuns will go through their first fully-padded practice Friday morning. After a brief practice in shells… Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns set football season ticket record

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  UL-Lafayette kicker Hunter Stover (45) kicks the winning field goal in the second half of UL-Lafayette's victory over Tulane in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

The UL-Lafayette football program has yet another feather to add to its cap thanks to its string of success under coach Mark Hudspeth. With a little more than three weeks remaining until the Ragin’ Cajuns kick off against Southern at Cajun Field, the university has announced that it has already eclipsed last year’s record mark of season… Continue reading →

Cajuns prepare for Friday’s scrimmage

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Offensive lineman Terry Johnson, right, blocks defensive lineman Marquis White during practice for the Ragin' Cajun football team on Tuesday.

Louisiana-Lafayette’s football team put on shoulder pads for the first time in fall drills Wednesday, another step toward Friday’s initial full-contact practice. With the pads comes an emphasis on caution and awareness, Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said. “We’ve got a lot of depth, but you can lose that depth really quick by being careless and not playing smart,” Hudspeth… Continue reading →

Experience up front a key to Cajuns’ offensive success

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Offensive linemen for the Ragin' Cajuns, Terry Johnson, left, and Mykael Quave, run drills during practice for the football team on Tuesday morning.

Daniel Quave credits being prepared, and UL-Lafayette offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue cites communication. Ragin’ Cajun offensive coordinator Jay Johnson says it comes down to experience. Mykhael Quave credits yoga, and Cajun head coach Mark Hudspeth admits it takes a little luck along the way. Whatever the reason, the consistency of UL-Lafayette’s offensive front over the… Continue reading →