While the UL-Lafayette defense continues to search for answers after giving up 114 points in two games, the Ragin' Cajuns' offense is searching as well.
Offensive coordinator Will Hall’s bunch is searching for consistency.
“If Jordan (Davis) can play at that level he played the other night all year, I’d be fine with that,” coach Mark Hudspeth said of his quarterback, who threw for 309 yards and rushed for 60 more in the Cajuns' 66-42 loss at Tulsa.
“He was very consistent, made the right checks, got us going in the right direction, threw it accurately, stepped up in the pocket, and ran it effectively.”
Davis finished the afternoon 21 of 32 passing. He led a group that racked up 596 yards of total offense at Tulsa, the Cajuns' highest offensive output since 2013.
The Challenge for Hudspeth, Hall, Davis and the rest of the offense is to build on Saturday’s performance and carry it forward — a challenge that begins with this week’s trip to Texas A&M.
“Will’s done a really good job of getting the ball to some playmakers and opening up some things and creating some 'shot' plays down the field that’s been really effective,” Hudspeth said. “I think our team has a lot of confidence offensively right now. they think they can move the football ... hopefully, they’ll build on that.”
In two games, the Cajuns rank 13th nationally in scoring, averaging 46.5 points per game — nearly doubling their 2016 season average of 23.6 points.
Through two games at UCLA and against Nicholls, the Texas A&M defense is allowing an average of 29.5 points.
Changes are coming
As for the defense, Hudspeth said Monday the coaching staff will evaluate all 11 spots on that of the ball. He also said he expected some players to change positions.
While it’s not known how many changes are in store, this much is certain: Tanner Holmes will stay where he is.
Holmes, a redshirt freshman who started Week 1 at weakside linebacker spot, announced Sunday night that he has has been granted his release from the program. Holmes had six stops in two games this season.
Another piece of good news in the wake of the Tulsa loss: The Cajuns suffered no major injuries. Senior right tackle D’Aquin Winthrow, who dealt with a nagging lower body issue throughout the week, started but only participated in eight snaps before being held out.
Winthrow’s inability to play forced the Ragin’ Cajuns to move sophomore Robert Hunt from left guard to right tackle. Staten Wade, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound sophomore, filled in for Hunt.
Kicker Stevie Artigue is dealing with a right leg strain. Artigue was held out of drills Sunday night. The team was off Monday, and Artigue sat out Tuesday, as well, allowing his leg to get some extra rest. Hudspeth hopes to have Artigue back at full strength Saturday.
Going home to Texas
Sixteen Cajuns will return to their home state Saturday. Quarterback Jordan Davis, receivers Michael Jacquet and Rhyeem Malone, along with offensive lineman Robert Hunt, and defensive backs Damar’ren Mitchell and DJ Miller are among some of the Cajuns regulars to hail from Texas.