Cajuns figure they’ll have their hands full with Kentucky QB Patrick Towles _lowres

Associated Press file photo -- Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles threw for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

LAFAYETTE — Kentucky might not know which quarterback Louisiana-Lafayette will send to the field for the season opener, but Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth has made himself fully aware of Wildcats quarterback Patrick Towles.

And Hudspeth isn’t too sure he likes what he sees out of the 6-foot-5, 240-pounder — at least not for the sake of his defense.

“Their quarterback, for being a big kid, is still a dual-threat type of quarterback,” Hudspeth said. “The guy can run ... he’s a big guy, so he’s not afraid to hit it downhill. ... He moves around well, buys time, extends plays. He’s going to be a challenge.”

After winning a position battle, Towles started all 12 games for the Wildcats a year ago, throwing for 2,718 yards and 14 touchdowns while adding another 300 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.

But his play faded badly toward the end of the year, and Kentucky’s hopes of a winning season since 2009 went by the wayside as it lost its final six games to go 5-7.

Towles had to compete for his job again this summer, and he was named the starter on Aug. 17 after beating highly regarded redshirt freshman Drew Barker for the job.

Reports out of Lexington, Kentucky, indicated that Towles felt all along that he was the right man for the job, and that sentiment has stood out to Hudspeth as he’s watched the film.

“I think he’s a very confident guy,” Hudspeth said. “I like that in quarterbacks. You can tell he believes this is his team. He’s going to be a tough one to defend, so we’re going to have to have a great week in practice.”

The Ragin’ Cajuns face Kentucky at 6 p.m. Sept. 5 in Commonwealth Stadium.

The numbers game

A pair of freshman receivers changed uniform numbers.

Keenan Barnes opted for No. 21, and Ja’Marcus Bradley has switched to No. 17.

This is already Barnes’ third uniform number. He was originally slated to wear No. 25 before switching to No. 85 just before the beginning of camp.

Bradley originally wore No. 6, but because he’s playing on the same side of the ball as junior quarterback Jalen Nixon, who also wears No. 6, he needed a different set of digits.