LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette’s Thursday practice concluded with six sideline-to-sideline sprints and a lengthy address from coach Mark Hudspeth.
The reasoning: The Cajuns have a long weekend ahead of them.
With an open date on the schedule, Hudspeth elected to give his players most of the weekend off. Developmental players will lift weights Friday morning, but veterans won’t return until Sunday night for practice to kick off Akron game week.
Hudspeth wanted to make sure his players enjoyed the break, but not too much.
“Oh man, this won’t be much of a break for me,” Hudspeth said. “I guess you just worry about them just like they’re your kids. It’s like any parent, kids get to go off for the weekend somewhere, you’re always worried about them getting home safe and hope that they’re making good decisions.”
Since the program has stayed out of the news for off the field incidents, Hudspeth isn’t overly concerned about what his players would do with their free time.
“We haven’t had any issues and you don’t ever expect that from a group that hadn’t had hardly any issues,” Hudspeth said. “I expect they’ll come back with really renewed spirit and ready to go.”
And the sprints? Those were done with the long weekend in mind as well.
“We just needed to get some conditioning in before the weekend, sort of blow them out a little bit because we’re not going to play 65 snaps on Saturday so you lose that conditioning,” Hudspeth said.
More rest for Nixon
Quarterback Jordan Davis took reps with the second team offense Thursday rather than junior Jalen Nixon, who missed last week’s game with a shoulder injury.
The practice hold out, like last week’s game, was simply a precaution.
“He probably could throw, but we’ve got the long weekend coming back, so we just really wanted him to have a chance to heal up without getting it sore again,” Hudspeth said. “We’re hoping by Tuesday that he will be hopefully back to 100 percent.”
For what it’s worth, Davis looked sharp guiding the second team offense down the field in a two-minute drill, hitting his receivers in stride on a couple deep balls down the sideline.
No new digs yet
The team was supposed to move into its new locker room Thursday at the recently opened Athletics Performance Center, but Hudspeth changed his plans and pushed the move in date back to Sunday.
“A couple things aren’t finished, and I wanted to really give them the wow factor when they walked in on Sunday,” Hudspeth said.
The coaches have already moved into their new offices, with the exception of Hudspeth, who is working out of the staff room.
He said his personal office space isn’t expected to be completed for another 7-10 days.
Northwestern State was actually the first team to use the new facility, as the Demons players used the visiting locker room for last Saturday’s game.