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The Ragin' Cajun Depth Chart Is Taking Shape

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We're only a week out from kickoff, and the UL depth chart is coming together. The Cajuns may have fewer questions than most teams, but that doesn't mean there aren't a lot of changes coming into the season.

As you can see above, UL released their official hype video for the 2014 season. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for some real football. Luckily, we're just close enough to start building a complete picture of what this year's Cajuns will look like.

Here I have a rundown put together from notes, tweets, and hearsay that should give you an idea of who will be on the field against Southern on August 30th. If you have any additions or corrections, feel free to post them in the comments.

  • The slot receiver battle to fill the hole left by Darryl Surgent's departure has taken some odd turns. After playing LB/DB last season, and returning a pick-six 99 yards against WKU, rSo. Al Riles has moved into the WR (H), spot and been the leader all camp. But rFr. Matt Barnes has "had a phenomenal camp," according to Hudspeth. Barnes is a converted TE. After those two, it looks like is Fr. Gabe Fuselier will take the third spot, but may still see playing time this year.
  • Former Miami Hurricane, Jacoby Briscoe, may see playing time at DT or nose guard, but there seem to be concerns about his pass rushing. The staff has commented that he's in much better shape than he was last year, but still exceeds 300 lbs. Hudspeth is looking to rotate guys on the defensive line to keep them fresh, so expect to see Briscoe in on rushing downs, at least for now.
  • Mykhael Quave is wearing a cast as a precautionary measure for a hairline hand fracture. He is expected to play the season opener, but I wouldn't be surprised if he only makes a short appearance. Expect senior backup Jarad Martin to fill in a good bit.
  • T.J. Worthy suffered a concussion and missed a few days of camp, before returning to limited action Thursday. Worthy is considered the third safety behind SS Trevence Patt and FS Sean Thomas. Depth in secondary is a concern, but don't expect the Cajun staff to rush his return.
  • So. Kevin Fouquier really stepped up after a slow spring, with Hudspeth commenting that he, "will be a really good player for us in the middle." We'll have to see if that performance was strong enough to earn the starting MLB spot over Sr. Trae Johnson.
  • Elijah McGuire is still expected to return punts, but kickoffs look like the will go to either Jr. CB Montrel Carter or So. WR Devin Scott. We may also see running back Darius Hoggins involved in the return game after an exceptional camp.
  • Speaking of running backs, Jr. Effrem Reed has taken up the third string spot after McGuire and Alonzo Harris, which should see plenty of playing time. Behind him are Jr. Torrey Pierce and Hoggins, who coaches have been excited about lately. Don't be surprised if all five backs get on the field at some point this year. Not all at the same time of course.
  • In a surprising move, Hudspeth passed on Jr. Eddie Gordon and rFr. Grant Horst at center, and opted instead to move Jr. LG Terry Johnson over instead. I'm sure that is in no small part due to the development of Jr. JUCo transfer Donovan Williams, who will fill in for Johnson at guard.
  • So. Brooks Haack also had a great camp, and should maintain his spot as Terrance Broadway's primary backup.

Overall, the Cajun two-deep should look slightly different going into their showdown with Southern than it was just a few weeks ago.

OFFENSE





QB

8

Broadway, Terrance SR

9

Haack, Brooks RS SO

RB

46

Harris, Alonzo SR

15

McGuire, Elijah SO

WR-X

4

Robinson, Jamal SR

21

Bates, CJ SO

WR-H

2

Riles, Al SO

37

Barnes, Matt RS FR

WR-Z

11

Butler, James SR

18

Scott, Devin SO

LT

70

Quave, Mykhael JR

62

Martin, Jarad SR

LG

77

Williams, Donovan JR

55

Dunbar, Karmichael RS SO

C

72

Johnson, Terry SR

61

Horst, Grant Fr

RG

67

Quave, Daniel SR

65

Freeman, Jesse Fr

RT

68

Anderson, Octravian So

62

Martin, Jarad SR

TE

10

Pettis, Larry SR

81

Byrne, Nick SO

DEFENSE





DE

93

White, Marquis JR

99

Douglas, Romaine SO

NT

9

Ringo, Christian SR

90

Briscoe, Jacoby SO

DT

6

Hamilton, Justin SR

95

Stephens, Roderick Fr

SLB

52

Tovell, Dominique JR

29

Alexander, Tyren So

MLB

38

Johnson, Trae SR

44

Fouquier, Kevin SO

OLB

59

Molbert, Jake SR

57

Prater, Chris JR

WLB

13

Hill, Chris JR

51

Granier, Trey SO

CB

20

Jones, Dominick RS SO

5

Adkins, Antoinne JR TR

SS

4

Patt, Trevence SR

27

Worthy, T.J. JR

FS

24

Thomas, Sean SR

23

Walker, Tracey Fr

CB

7

Trim, Corey SR

11

Watson, Jevante JR

SPECIAL





P

48

Cadona, Daniel SR

33

Brauchle, Stephen JR TR

PK

45

Stover, Hunter SR

33

Brauchle, Stephen JR TR

LS

58

Morella, Stephen RS FR

40

Guidry, Jake JR

H

40

Guidry, Jake JR

9

Haack, Brooks RS SO

PR

15

McGuire, Elijah SO

23

Hoggins, Darius SO

KR

3

Carter, Montrel JR

18

Scott, Devin SO

Extra Pepper

  • Southeastern head coach, Ron Roberts, let the world know in a tweet that JUCO WR Dylan Bossier had joined the Lions. Bossier had a brief stay with the Cajuns, never playing a snap, and left a few weeks ago on, what seemed like less-than-amicable terms.
  • Single game tickets for the opener against Southern go on sale Monday at 10am. Reserve tickets are $30, while general admission are $25.
  • UL confirmed that they will renew the football series with McNeese, starting next year.