Just last week, reports were out that Head Coach Mark Hudspeth would be taking on a bigger role and would help coach the wide receivers. He would obviously receive help from a few assistants around him, but it now sounds like things have drastically changed.
It is now being reported by The Advocate that Michael Desormeaux will be the next wide receivers coach at UL Lafayette. The hiring has not been made official, but is just the school President's decision away from being a done deal.
Does the name sound familiar? Well, it should because Desmoreaux was the 2008 Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year and is one of two Ragin' Cajun players to rank inside the top 10 in school rushing and passing yardage.
Desormeaux played quarterback from 2005 to 2008 before heading to his high school alma mater, Ascension Episcopal, to be their offensive coordinator. From there he would eventually take over as head coach. After three years, he'll no longer be the head coach and is going to be joining the Ragin' Cajun sidelines to help coach receivers like Al Riles and Gabe Fuselier.
The decision to hire a wide receiver coach is a very smart move by the Ragin' Cajuns. While it's not a huge deal to have a head coach work with a specific position, this year's receiver group needs special attention. The team lost their best receiver over the past few years, Jamal Robinson, to graduation and the next best receivers combined for just 83 catches, 833 yards, and five touchdowns.
One interesting tidbit surrounding the hiring of Michael Desormeaux is that his quarterback this past year, Jake Arceneaux, has signed to be a Ragin' Cajun in the fall. He's a two-star pro-style quarterback according to 247Sports Composite score.
From a broad look, this hire is great for both the Ragin' Cajuns and Desormeaux. Bringing a young coach with direct ties to the university is a great way to breathe some energy into this very important position.