Christian Hayes made the most of his chances during Saturday’s Louisiana-Lafayette spring game.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound freshman led all wide receivers with a game-high 79 yards on four receptions, including the longest catch of the game: a 30-yarder from Gunner Hudspeth. Not bad for a player who walked on to the team only a few months ago after starring at West Monroe High.
“We felt that he had the talent all along,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “He just needs a year to work on things. If he can keep working at it, he can help us down the road.”
Throwing to a legend
The first and only touchdown pass Jordan Davis threw Saturday was to a Cajuns legend.
In the second quarter, the sophomore rolled out and at first glance appeared to throw the ball at least 20 yards past any of his receivers. At the last second, Brian Mitchell appeared in the end zone to reel in a 30-yard touchdown.
That score didn’t count, of course, but it was one of the game’s most memorable moments.
“It was cool,” Davis said. “We had played it out earlier today. I just dropped back like it was a regular play. I just kept thinking, ‘Just don’t miss him.’ ”
Wind plays a factor
Windy conditions at Cajun Field not only played havoc with each team’s passing attack but also with the kicking game.
Returning starter Stevie Artigue made a 27-yard field goal, but his second attempt into the wind from 41 yards missed the mark. Calvin Linden made field goals of 35 and 23 yards, while Dylan Scheurich pushed his 40-yard attempt in the first quarter wide left and pushed wide his 51-yard attempt at the end of the half.
“It was tough out there with the wind,” Hudspeth said. “To be honest with you, we have a good starter at both kicker and punter. But right now I can’t tell you if we have anyone to back up those guys.”
During halftime, six former Cajuns quarterbacks and a current one took part in a skills competition. The former stars: Don Wallace, Michael Desormeaux, Rick Young, Jerry Babb, Jake Delhomme and Mitchell. The current player: Dion Ray, who won a competition at Thursday’s practice to earn his spot.
Each quarterback threw nine footballs at a moving target — a golf cart — that went sideline to sideline. Then each thrower had a chance to throw the money ball in a net set up near the 40-yard line.
Delhomme, who went last, smoked the competition as he scored 160 points and was the only one to make the money ball. Wallace finished in second with 100, and Ray and Babb were tied for third with 90 each.
Charles “Peanut” Tillman was all over Cajun Field.
The former Ragin’ Cajuns star held a signing for his latest book, “The Middle School Rules of Charles ‘Peanut’ Tillman: Real Life, Real Lessons, Real Inspiration.” Tillman signed copies starting at 1 p.m. and through the end of the first quarter.
The 13-year NFL veteran was master of ceremonies for the halftime competition, was interviewed during the third quarter and capped things off by throwing an autographed ball into the stands.