College Football Preview: The 2014 Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns
Veteran laden Louisiana-Lafayette has their sights set on the Sun Belt championship.
2014 College Football Preview
The Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns have the talent and depth to collect another Sun Belt title in 2014.
Overview: Louisiana-Lafayette has virtually all the weapons back from last season's 9-4 squad that had obvious success despite losing star quarterback Terrance Broadway to a broken wrist. Mark Hudspeth has a team that is loaded and if they can avoid the injury bug and remain focused the sky is the limit.
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Offense: It all starts under center with Terrance Broadway who threw for over 2,400 yards and ran for almost 600. The offense ran the ball more then threw it in 2013 and two reasons were Alonzo Harris (199-942) and Elijah McGuire (103-853) with the latter averaging over eight yards per touch while adding 384 receiving yards. Jamal Robinson was the top target through the air with 54 catches for 862 yards with #3 James Butler (26-363) also returning. All SBC center Andre Huval is gone but 2nd team All SBC RG Daniel Quave returns along with the rest of the starters. Even though most starters are back ULL has depth at virtually every position except the O-Line which has some depth but it's not experienced.
Defense: The defensive side of the football was the weak link for ULL with key injuries throughout and whether it was the talent level or players getting hurt that caused problems is an unknown really. Having said that, most everyone is back and if they stay healthy we'll see just how good this side of the ball really is. The D-Line returns the top six and were decent in getting in to the backfield although they need to stop the run more consistently. Justin Anderson and his 103 tackles at linebacker will be missed but the next eight are back. Corner Trevence Patt leads the secondary which has their top four back and eight of ten returning overall. If experience translates in to production UL Lafayette doesn't have too many worries.
Special Teams: Daniel Cadona averaged 41.7 yards on 53 punts but Stephen Brauchle was only 8-13 on field goals which is a weakness. Darryl Surgent was not only the second leading receiver but was an outstanding returner with touchdowns on punt and kick returns so his departure means the special teams might not be so special.
Outlook: I think the Ragin' Cajuns on paper are the best in the Sun Belt if they stay healthy which means a possible conference title and another Bowl. UL Lafayette better do some damage because the talent pool will thin in 2015.