LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team might not be done shuffling its defensive lineup.
After making drastic changes to the starting linebacker and secondary units in recent weeks, the Ragin’ Cajuns might try out a new starter at defensive end as well after Remaine Douglas was lost for the season with an injury.
“(Chris) Prater may start,” said coach Mark Hudspeth. “He may get some playing time at (defensive) end. We’re not for sure yet, but he could play at one of the (defensive) ends this week.”
Prater, a 6-foot-5, 246-pound redshirt junior from Starkville, Miss., has appeared in five games this season without a start. He has one career start under his belt.
He’s been hampered by an ankle injury this season, but Hudspeth said “he’s just now getting to where he can help.”
The Cajuns thought they might’ve had something with Douglas, who started each of the last two games as part of a rotation at defensive end, allowing the Cajuns to play Jacoby Briscoe more on the inside where Hudspeth feels he belongs.
“We lost Remaine and we’re a little thin in the middle now,” Hudspeth said. “We’re going to probably keep the big guys in the middle and the other guys on the outside.”
Prater’s athleticism will help on the edge where he can help the Cajuns hold contain, Hudspeth said. Unlike other positions in their defense, their inside and outside defensive linemen aren’t necessarily interchangeable.
“You put (senior defensive tackle Justin) Hamilton out there, he may be standing there where he’s got contain, but he’s not fast enough to keep contain,” Hudspeth said. “You can sort of outrun the big guys.”
Hudspeth said the decision whether or not to start Prater will be made Friday, but he also said even if Prater is not out there for the start of the game he will still see plenty of snaps.
If Prater does not start, Hudspeth said Marquis White will likely get his first start since the season opener against Southern.
Giants sign Anderson
Former Ragin’ Cajuns linebacker Justin Anderson was added to the New York Giants’ practice squad Wednesday.
The Giants signed Anderson as an undrafted free agent this season after Anderson tallied 131 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries on his way to earning First Team All-Sun Belt honors as a senior.
Anderson played well in the preseason with the Giants before suffering a hamstring injury, after which the Giants waived him during their final roster cuts.
The move came after New York put linebacker Jon Beason on injured reserve.
The Cajuns announced via their Twitter account that the team would wear all red — helmets, tops and bottoms — on Saturday afternoon.
The all-red combination will be the seventh different uniform combination the Cajuns have worn in eight games this season.
Senior running back Alonzo Harris is 42 yards shy of becoming the third player in Cajuns history to rush for 3,000 yards in his career. With one more touchdown, Harris could also move into third place on the school’s all-time scoring list.
Quarterback Terrance Broadway needs 11 more pass completions to become the third player in Cajuns history to complete 500 passes in a career.