The practical side of Marquise White tells him there are times when his efforts will set the table for a teammate to achieve glory.
The junior defensive lineman from Orlando, Florida, managed to rack up 19 tackles and a pair of sacks last season for Louisiana-Lafayette.
To be even more disruptive in an opponent’s offensive backfield, or to clear a lane for a linebacker to make a play, White knew he had to improve a couple of things.
“I feel like I have come a long way from last year,” White said. “I’m in better shape and stronger. I have learned the game, and that helps me play faster.”
When White and his peers on the line run into resistance from offensive linemen and tight ends, they gain some satisfaction in knowing that if they do their jobs correctly, linebackers will be free to make the play.
“That gets us in better field position and gets us off the field,” White said. “You don’t win games by yourself. It has to be a team.”
Those two units — linebackers and linemen — need to be on the same page, coach Mark Hudspeth said.
“Our D-line has been really effective, and they have been progressing,” Hudspeth said. “We still have to get some young kids to be a little more aggressive. Overall, our linebackers will be better when our defensive line is better. They are pretty good right now and ought to be effective enough where our linebackers can make some plays.”
Rumble in the red zone
When the second-team units worked on red-zone situations Wednesday, it gave Hudspeth and the rest of the staff a chance to find some playmakers in those groups.
“We put the ball down on the 2 (yard line) and let our guys battle it out a little bit, just to see who can hold the line of scrimmage, make some plays and be physical,” Hudspeth said. “We will be able to go back and see that on film and see who we have confidence in to get more reps.”
Getting a leg up
Hunter Stover and Stephen Brauchle continued to battle for the place-kicking job as the Cajuns inch closer toward their season opener Aug. 30 against Southern at Cajun Field.
Both had some success during Wednesday morning’s practice, though Stover did misfire once from about 32 yards away.
“He (Stover) has been a little up and down the last couple of days,” Hudspeth said. “We need to get a little more consistency from him. The first camp, he was doing really well. I know their legs are getting a little leg-weary. Overall, he is doing well. Stephen Brauchle is doing well. I think we have two really good kickers.”