BOONE, N.C. — It was a meaningless drive against a second-team defense that was simply trying to avoid the big play, but redshirt freshman quarterback Jordan Davis showed coach Mark Hudspeth what he needed to.
In 12 plays, Davis completed all seven of his passes and accounted for 81 yards on final drive of UL-Lafayette’s 28-7 loss at Appalachian State. The last 20 yards of the drive came on a touchdown run to give the Cajuns their only points of the game with 57 seconds remaining.
“They’re probably playing prevent defense, and they’ve probably got some twos ... in the game and they’re just playing bend-but-don’t-break in that situation,” Hudspeth said. “But nevertheless, he still did what he was supposed to do.
“He was 7-of-7 and performed very well. If he hadn’t have done that against a prevent defense and twos, then you really would be concerned. He performed like he was supposed to perform.”
Davis began the season in a competition with Brooks Haack and Jalen Nixon for the starting job, but quickly fell out of the competition. One of the knocks against Davis was his inexperience.
Saturday was his second and most extensive game action of his career. He’ll see the field again next week against Troy.
“He’ll get some playing time next week,” Hudspeth said. “Not saying he’s going to start, he’s not, but he’s going to get some playing time next week.”
Junior defensive back Jeryl Brazil did not travel with the team to North Carolina, Hudspeth said.
“It’s just a one-week thing,” Hudspeth said. “Last week, I didn’t think we handled the loss at home very well. It was a sort of deal where it was just a lesson learned on how you respond after a game.
“I didn’t think that he responded well when the game was over. He’s apologized though and taken full responsibility. ... He’ll be reinstated Monday.
Coaches thought Brazil, a former LSU player who transferred to the Cajuns this offseason from East Mississippi Community College, could potentially challenge for a starting cornerback job this season.
But Brazil hasn’t seen much of the field as a defender since earlier this season — he has not recorded a defensive statistic since the Louisiana Tech game — and his main contribution has been as a kick returner.
Brazil has shown flashes of greatness there, including a 100-yard touchdown return against Texas State. But he has also made mistakes there that earned him a trip to Hudspeth’s doghouse — including one when he couldn’t control a kick near the sidelines and batted it out of bounds inside the 5-yard line against UL-Monroe.
Three times the leg
Hudspeth brought three kickers with him to Boone in case true freshman Stevie Artigue’s muscular tightness flared up again. Turns out, he needed all three of them.
Carlos Alvarez handled kickoff duties for the second straight week, and Hudspeth turned to Aaron Bird for the fourth-quarter extra point after Artigue badly missed a field goal at the end of the first half.
Odds and ends
Captains for Saturday’s game were Haack, Al Riles, Dominique Tovell and Chris Prater. ... The temperature at kickoff was 59 degrees — chilly by Louisiana standards but warm for this time of year in Boone. ... Steven Coutts punted a career-high eight times Saturday.