Barring a major setback in the rehab process, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth said he expects wide receiver Jamal Robinson will be in the lineup when the Ragin’ Cajuns take on Georgia State next Saturday.
Hudspeth called Robinson a fast healer and said the expected return coming before Robinson’s expected four-week absence is not a surprise. The Cajuns have an open date this weekend before hosting the Panthers Oct. 4.
“He was out there today running around and obviously he’s not ready yet, but you’re talking 11 more days of rehab and running,” Hudspeth said. “He wants to get out there so bad and help his teammates. He is determined to be back and you’re going to have to physically hold him back out of this game.”
Hudspeth said Robinson has been committed to the rehab process and putting in the necessary work to come back stronger. He said Robinson’s return to the offense will be beneficial for the entire offense moving forward.
“We are a different team when he is out there,” Hudspeth said. “Terrance (Broadway) has a little more confidence when he is out there, and he (Robinson) helps everyone else. He can stretch the field and when you take the top off, that helps everyone else.”
Broadway echoed the coach’s words, saying it’s no surprise that the offense is more efficient when Robinson is in.
“He’s the anchor of our offense,” Broadway said. “That is no secret. We have struggled without him and having him back will open the field up more for everyone.”
Before going down in the second quarter against Louisiana Tech, Robinson had seven catches for 141 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
Washington gets in
Linebacker Darzil Washington finally got game action this past Saturday against Boise State. The junior college transfer and former Texas A&M signee has struggled through NCAA Clearinghouse issues this season, but appears to be on track to get regular playing time in the defense, Hudspeth said.
“He can really run for his size and he’s a very physical player,” Hudspeth said. “We just have to gradually work him in. He is behind, but we can definitely find a role for him on our football team. He was an SEC signee; he will only be able to help us.”
Washington saw limited action in the Cajuns’ 34-9 loss at Boise State last Saturday and Hudspeth admitted Washington was a little unfamiliar with the defense.
“He wasn’t bad,” Hudspeth said. “He was just a little lost and he needs practice time. We threw him out there in a limited role, but he will only get better with practice time and he will be a big asset for us moving forward.”
Season not lost
After practice Tuesday, Hudspeth gave a speech to the team about the Tom Brady-led 2001 New England Patriots that resonated with Broadway. That year, the Patriots started 1-3, the same record the Cajuns have now.
“They were 1-3 and ended up winning the Super Bowl,” Broadway said. “They were 5-5 and won 10 straight. You don’t win every game, but as long as we play Ragin’ Cajun football, I think we will be fine going into the postseason.”
Broadway said there is no doubt in the locker room that the Cajuns will rebound in a big way moving forward.
“The good and the bad, it happens in football,” Broadway said. “You don’t win every game. We just have to bounce back and go on a great stretch.”