Photos: South Alabama takes on UL Lafayette _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Ragin Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth stands on the sideline Saturday against South Alabama at Cajun Field.


This team might actually be as deep as coach Mark Hudspeth insisted it was in preseason camp. The Cajuns counted on their stars to make the big plays, but it was a collective effort from players at just about every position. Outside linebacker Jake Molbert, who had a tumultuous start to the season, came off the bench to lead the team with seven tackles. Sophomore receiver Devin Scott, who seemed to squander every shot he got, took the top off the defense with a 45-yard catch on the game’s opening drive. They were two of many players who made their biggest contributions when the team needed it Saturday.


Who has been more impressive lately: Christian Ringo or Elijah McGuire? McGuire’s certainly been more flashy, and he nearly had the second game of his career in which he would’ve topped 100 yards rushing and receiving. But Ringo may have solidified an entire unit. He’s been playing out of his mind lately, and kept that going Saturday with two sacks, three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Ringo now has 13 tackles for loss and eight sacks in his last five games, and as he’s gotten better, the defense has followed suit.


Sooner or later, that 1-3 start is going to be a distant memory, because the Cajuns keep showing that they’re not the same team that dropped three straight in embarrassing fashion. The Cajuns were faced with a different type of adversity Saturday than they faced in their previous Sun Belt games, as they couldn’t find a way to score on a tough Jaguars front. But the defense held ground while the offense found a way, and the Cajuns are winners again. They’ve have won four straight, and there aren’t many teams who’d volunteer to play the them right now.