College Football Preview: The 2015 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Preview
2014 Record: 9-4
Mark Hudspeth and his Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns look for their 5th consecutive Bowl in 2015.
Overview: The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns have won nine games in four straight seasons under the watchful eye of Mark Hudspeth. The Ragin’ Cajuns will be challenged to match this success with some key talent gone offensively although the cupboard is not bare.
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Offense: Highly successful Terrance Broadway is gone so who fills a huge void under for a guy who was a very productive dual threat? Brooks Haack was 20-23 for 179 yards in 2014 and probably has the inside track. Whoever wins the quarterbacking job will have a best friend in Elijah McGuire who ran for 1,264 yards and averaged nearly eight yards on 166 carries while catching 45 passes for 50s yards (2nd on team). Al Riles and Gabe Fuselier combined for 64 receptions and need to up those totals while three return up front including All Sun Belt LT Mykhael Quave.
Defense: The defensive line lost Christian Ringo and Justin Hamilton and their combined 29.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks. The good news seven players are back with experience with a few 300+ pounders. Dominique Tovell and Darzil Washington gave ULL some pass rushing presence from linebacker with 15 TFL and 8.5 sacks. Aside from the line the secondary is also a concern with three of their top four gone including top tackler Corey Trim who recorded 71 stops with six TFL, two picks and five passes defended. Nine players have game experience but the unit needs some playmakers to come forward.
Special Teams: Punter Daniel Cadona and PK Hunter Stover are gone and both were very dependable with Steven Coutts supposedly a strong legged kicker that will boost the kicking game. Montrel Carter and Elijah McGuire were the primary kick and punt returners respectively.
Outlook: It’s tough to expect Louisiana-Lafayette to match the success of prior seasons but Hudspeth probably deserves the benefit of the doubt given his track record. I see the Ragin’ Cajuns in the top half of the Sun Belt but how far up I can’t say right now.