Quarterback Jordan Davis, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound freshman from Spring, Texas, has taken some steps up the UL-Lafayette depth chart, moving to the No. 3 spot.
“He has really moved ahead of everybody else as the No. 3 (quarterback),” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “He runs extremely well and has a live arm. Now it’s the part of getting him to learn the system, pick everything up and avoid the typical freshman mistakes and miscues.”
Sophomore Brooks Haack is the backup to starting quarterback Terrance Broadway. Haack completed 21 of 35 passes last season for 224 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
“Brooks Haack has had a really solid camp,” Hudspeth said. “He is throwing the ball much better and looks way more confident in the pocket. He is showing more poise moving around in the pocket.”
Moving mountains of mud
By moving mountains of mud in a timely manner, the UL-Lafayette football program is counting on the final stages of all that dirty work leading to a clean and crisp fan experience at Cajun Field this season.
Several expansion projects are being finished in and around the stadium in advance of the Aug. 30 season opener against Southern.
“The high-profile project is the (south) end-zone (expansion) project, with the seating, the concession stands and the restrooms,” said John Dugas, the associate athletics director of internal operations. “That is pretty much just confined to the hill. Everything else you see as you are driving in ... the north end-zone RV project is going on. That is a lot of underground electrical work.”
The new RV lot in the north end zone will fit up to 81 RVs.
In addition to the amenities fans can see directly, other infrastructure projects are in the works, including bringing utilities to the Athletic Performance Center.
That is the cause of much of the digging in the tailgating areas and the parking lots.
“We had hoped to have the infrastructure project done a little bit sooner, just so we could have grass growing and there wouldn’t be so much mud,” Dugas said. “But our physical plant department and grounds (crew) are planting grass and doing everything they can to get it ready.”
The expanded seating in Cajun Field will account for an additional 6,000 seats. With standing-room-only areas and grass-area seating on the north end of the stadium, the new target seating capacity is a little more than 42,000.
“We have our final inspection coming up from the fire marshal,” Dugas said. “We are looking to get approval for about 42,000 total capacity for the Southern game. Working with the state fire marshal’s office, we are looking to get that wrapped up in the next couple of weeks.”