Good football teams usually find a way to nitpick dominating performances.
For instance, though the Cajuns didn’t allow a sack in their 45-6 win against Southern, Junior left tackle Mykhael Quave thought quarterback Terrance Broadway spent way too much time on the ground.
“We’re not quite where we want to be just yet,” Quave said. “ … We have a standard for ourselves as an offensive line. We want to protect Broadway better. We felt like we let him get hit way too many times this past game.
“When we go into practice this week and as we watch film and focus on our next opponent, one of our main objectives is to keep No. 8’s jersey clean. We take pride in that.”
Not all of it can be put on the offensive line, though.
Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said there were a couple instances where Broadway simply held on to the ball too long.
“(Southern) brought some guys the other night and we probably could’ve got into a couple different protections to make sure we had enough in the box,” Hudspeth said. “But Broadway inflicted a little bit of that because some of the times he got hit … he checked to a pass within a run scheme.
“On those, you’ve got to catch and throw, and he squeezed it a little too long.”
The Ragin’ Cajuns allowed 27 sacks last season.
Redshirt freshman Matt Barnes did not have a great debut as a slot wide receiver, dropping two of the three balls thrown his way. After seeing him struggle, Hudspeth made the decision to cancel the experiment with Barnes as a wideout.
“We’re going to move Matt back to the tight end spot, I think he’ll be a very effective player there,” Hudspeth said. “He just wasn’t the player in space we hoped he might be and it’s not fair to him to put him in a spot not to be successful.”
The move was facilitated by true freshman Gabe Fuselier’s solid effort in the season opener.
“He really demonstrated that he could help us,” Hudspeth said.
After getting a chance to review film from Saturday’s 45-6 win against Southern, there were plenty of players that stood out to Hudspeth as having exceptional games.
A few of them were obvious, like senior receiver Jamal Robinson (5 catches, 112 yards, two touchdowns) and Elijah McGuire (13 carries, 129 yards). But Hudspeth also liked the way Broadway played, despite the two interceptions.
“He had a total command of the offense out there on the field, got us in the right plays and made some really good checks,” Hudspeth said.
Senior outside linebacker Jake Molbert missed the Southern game with an illness and was still unable to practice on Tuesday, but Hudspeth said he should be fine soon.
Junior linebacker Chris Hill, on the other hand, is not so clear. He missed Saturday’s game for academic reasons, and has not yet been cleared.
“We have not gotten confirmation yet,” Hudspeth said. “We’re still waiting.”
Linebacker Trey Granier, who left Saturday’s game in the second quarter with an ankle injury, and junior defensive end Marquis White were both held out of practice Tuesday.
Hudspeth was impressed by the way Southern competed Saturday, especially considering the circumstances. The Jaguars had to deal with last minute academic clearance issues, and their bus didn’t arrive until 45 minutes before kickoff. After the game, Hudspeth visited the Southern locker room to deliver a message.
“I thought those guys competed extremely well considering the circumstances they were put in,” he said. “I just wanted to tell those guys that I thought they played with a lot of class and they played hard until the end. I really appreciate that.”
In Monday’s edition, the Advocate incorrectly reported that Fuselier did not record any statistics in Saturday’s game. Fuselier finished with two catches for 20 yards. The Advocate regrets the error.