Cajuns notes: Mark Hudspeth contemplates next year’s QB competition _lowres

Advocate file photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Brooks Haack hands the ball off to running back Torrey Pierce

LAFAYETTE — With senior quarterback Terrance Broadway playing his final game in next Saturday’s New Orleans Bowl, coach Mark Hudspeth has given thought to the position next year — at least who’s going to be competing for the job.

As it stands now, it’ll be a four-man competition among current No. 2 Brooks Haack, Jalen Nixon, Jordan Davis and Dalvin Populist. Haack and Nixon will both be juniors, and Davis and Populist will be redshirt freshmen.

Haack played brilliantly in limited snaps this season, completing 87 percent of his 23 attempts with a pair of scores.

But he’ll have to fend off the more mobile Nixon, whom Hudspeth said is “definitely in the mix,” as well as a pair of promising youngsters.

The 6-foot-3 Davis has ideal size to play the position and earned enough trust to serve as the Cajuns No. 3 option this season while Nixon was serving a suspension.

The dark horse is Populist, who has shown enough in a small sample size to merit a look.

“He’s going to get an opportunity, too,” Hudspeth said. “All four will get an opportunity, I just think those first three… are a little bit ahead of Dalvin at this point, but he’s improved this year.”

Jamal Robinson update

The early stages of Jamal Robinson’s appeal for a fifth year of eligibility have begun, Hudspeth said.

“They took all the paperwork down to compliance to start putting together his story, his appeal,” Hudspeth said.

There’s still no clear timeline as far as Robinson’s appeal stands, but Hudspeth is hopeful for a quick resolution.

“Hopefully we can find something out next week,” Hudspeth said.

Robinson was lost for the season in the Texas State game.

Junior running back Torrey Pierce was initially thought to be lost for the season on the same day as Robinson, but Hudspeth said he might be available for the bowl game.

“They initially thought it was (a season-ending injury) but (athletic trainer Travis Soileau) did say that it could be possible that we could get him back for the bowl. It’s not guaranteed, but he was out there today running around.”

Lineup notes

Junior T.J. Worthy was held out of practice Friday, but Hudspeth thinks he should be good to go for the bowl. Worthy made five starts as a hybrid between an outside linebacker and safety for the Cajuns.

“We’re just trying to get him healthy,” Hudspeth said. “He’s close; he’ll play. We just don’t want to get him out there too soon.”

Hudspeth said it depends on how Worthy looks, but he’d consider using junior Dominique Tovell on the outside in certain personnel groupings.

“We’ll have two packages,” Hudspeth said. “One where Worthy’s outside and possibly one where Tovell is outside.”

Senior linebacker Marcus Jackson will not play.

Odds and ends

Hudspeth said graduate assistant Sean Murphy is expected to join defensive backs coach Tim Rebowe at Nicholls State after the season. Hudspeth is not anticipating losing any other members of his staff. … Finals wrapped up for all students Friday, so the team now can turn its full attention to bowl preparation.