That didn’t last long.
Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth made it official Wednesday, declaring senior Trevence Patt the starter at strong safety and junior Jevante Watson the starter at cornerback, ending a one-game stint for Patt as a starting cornerback.
“We are trying to get our best four on the field,” Hudspeth said. “Regardless of where we put him (Patt), he’s one of our best four. Jevante’s … really come on in the last few weeks and is playing way better. We’ve got a lot of confidence in him.”
Patt racked up 15 tackles in a loss to Boise State, but he appeared somewhat uncomfortable. Switching positions is nothing new to the senior, who started the final 12 games of last season at corner after starting the season-opener at safety, but he’s looking forward to sticking with one option.
“Whatever the team needs ,I’m happy to do it,” Patt said. “If they need me to go play linebacker, I’ll play linebacker. … I’ll play anywhere, I just want to have a set position.”
As for Watson, the former Ole Miss commit and high school wide receiver took the news in stride, saying “it’s all the same” when asked for his reaction when he found out he was starting.
Watson has never started a game for the Cajuns, but has come on strong lately. His issue, by his own admission and by Hudspeth’s evaluation, has been consistency, but he has always shown ability that made Patt wonder.
“I always thought Jevante was ready to play,” Patt said. “When they moved me to corner, I was like, ‘I think he deserves a try.’ I think he’s pretty good.”
Watson was presented with a choice when he arrived on campus of whether to be a receiver or a cornerback, and he opted for the defensive side of the ball.
He said his experience as a receiver at Bastrop High School, where he caught 11 touchdowns as a senior to earn first-team all-state honors, helps him diagnose routes and makes plays on the ball.
“I know how people run routes because I ran routes,” Watson said. “I just react off them.”
Jamal Robinson spoke with reporters Wednesday evening for the first time since injuring his left knee against Louisiana Tech.
Hudspeth said Robinson went under the knife to repair a torn meniscus on Oct. 12, and the initial prognosis called for a four-to-six week recovery time. Saturday’s game will mark three weeks and a day.
“I kind of felt I was going to come back early,” Robinson said. “After surgery they tried to give me crutches and I said, ‘I don’t need crutches. I’m walking on it.’ And I prayed and I had other people praying for me. I felt like with God, anything can happen.”
Robinson said he didn’t feel as though the offense completely broke down without him in the lineup, but he admitted it hurt watching his team struggle at times.
“It hurt me a lot,” Robinson said. “Watching us lose, down by a lot, I wanted to grab somebody’s shoulder pads and helmet. Put me in.”
Hudspeth said Tuesday that Robinson will play against Georgia State “barring something unforeseen.”
The Cajuns turned back the clock for some rock ‘n’ roll music at Wednesday’s practice. This is only noticeable because they usually blare rap music through the mega speakers. Coach Hudspeth looked as if he was enjoying the AC/DC and Styx … The Cajuns had to move indoors for a brief period Wednesday because of lightning in the area. Since nobody was allowed outside and their workspace was now compromised, the specialists spent part of their practice just watching from the sidelines.