Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
2015 Record: 4-8
Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns 2016 College Football Preview
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns look to rebound from their worse season in recent memory with a big 2016.
Overview: Mark Hudspeth had won nine games in four consecutive years at the helm of UL Lafayette until going 4-8 in 2015. With plenty of experience back the Ragin’ Caguns look for a return to their winning ways.
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Offense: The Ragin’ Cajuns have listed Jordan Davis as the starter under center after 2015 number one Brooks Haack transferred. Unfortunately, the Cajuns top target Jamal Robinson and his all conference credentials are gone and will be missed. That means Gabe Fuselier and Al Riles become the top ULL receiving threats with Elijah McGuire a legitimate threat out of the backfield. Of course McGuire is one of the top runners in the land and will likely be playing on Sundays while Jalen Nixon goes from quarterback to running back to give UL Lafayette a few options. The Ragin’ Cajuns O-Line loses three players with 106 career starts and return five with 32.
Defense: The Louisiana-Lafayette defense wasn’t very good in 2015 with opponents churning out the yards and finding the endzone often. If experience translates in to success the defensive line is poised for a big year with eight of their top nine back although a few newcomers will see the field as well because the ‘D’ wasn’t great. The linebacking crew lost Dominique Tovell and his 14.5 TFL and seven sacks but the next four return. The secondary gets back eight of ten so the common theme is the defensive side of the football has many of the same faces they had a season ago but the question is this group the same or better?
Special Teams: Steve Coutts will handle the punting and placekicker Stevie Artigue was a complete guess on field goals. McGuire and Gary Haynes will bring back punts and Fuselier is back to return kicks.
Outlook: I would call UL Lafayette a team of potential because Hudspeth didn’t forget how to coach. The talent is there to win but on the flip side it was there last season too so we have to see this team play before passing judgment.
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