LAFAYETTE — As Louisiana-Lafayette continued to install portions of its schemes Saturday at the third practice of fall camp, timing became a top issue.
“That was not one of our better efforts,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “We have to take care of one another, and we have to know when to go after each other hard and when not to. The energy has been good. The skirmishes between guys and the energy is part of fall camp. We need to see that energy between the whistles.”
Junior receiver Jared Johnson was hobbled by injury during drills. He needed the aid of crutches and will be evaluated further Sunday.
The UL-Lafayette cornerbacks and receivers continued to try to stake a claim to territory. Cornerback Troy McCollum was able to tip away a deep pass intended for senior receiver Jamal Robinson during the late stages of practice.
“I like what we are doing defensively with the defensive backs and the kids are seeing results,” Hudspeth said.
Familiarity breeds comfort
As the trio of Cajun quarterbacks continued to work toward the season opener against Kentucky, sophomore receiver Gabe Fuselier’s growth process has been aided by his familiarity with the Cajuns offense from the system he experienced at Catholic High-New Iberia.
Fuselier finished his freshman season with 30 receptions for 264 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
“It was cool to see some of the same formations or plays here, but it was still a big change going from high school to college,” Fuselier said. “I think by playing last year, that did help my knowledge of the game and being able to read defenses at the line (of scrimmage).”
Just for kicks
Freshman kicker Stevie Artigue, a Lafayette High grad, has potentially taken on more responsibility in the punting game through the first few days of camp. Artigue has been handling duties while fellow freshman Dylan Scheurich has been slowed by a muscle strain.
“Artigue has looked really good — he has a strong leg,” Hudspeth said. “Also, he has punted the ball well. That was a concern. I didn’t know who the second punter was going to be and he’s got a chance to be a solid second punter, if needed.
“We are holding Scheurich out for a week for the muscle strain just to get him healed. It doesn’t seem to be an issue.”