LAFAYETTE — Simeon Thomas will lock down one starting cornerback spot for Louisiana-Lafayette. That much is known.
There’s a healthy competition for the other spot, though.
“We have about five other corners that we still are trying to figure out who it’s going to be between Jevante (Watson), Troy McCollum, Savion Brown, (Christian) Goodlett and Jeryl Brazil,” coach Mark Hudspeth said. “Between those five, I definitely think two are going to rise up and do good.”
Watson and McCollum both spent time on the field last year and have worked with the first-team defense for a solid chunk of preseason practice opposite Thomas.
Brown, Goodlett and Brazil all came to the Cajuns from the junior college ranks this offseason.
With his elite-level speed, many tabbed Brazil as the favorite to lock up a starting job before the team reported before camp, and Brazil put that speed on display at Tuesday night’s scrimmage.
“I thought Brazil showed some good speed last night,” Hudspeth said. “He’s a guy that you’re not going to get behind. There’s nobody that we’re going to play that can get behind this guy if he plays the way he’s supposed to play.”
The key for Brazil, Hudspeth said, is being in the right position to use that speed and not letting it go to waste with poor technique.
If Brazil doesn’t win the starting job, don’t expect him to fill in as the nickel corner. Hudspeth said he’ll remain strictly on the outside. He also said T.J. Worthy will stay at safety rather than learning two separate positions.
Hudspeth mentioned junior safety Dominick Jones — who was an opening-day starter at cornerback last season — could see time in the nickel corner role after a strong performance Tuesday night.
Odd man out, for now
Last week, Hudspeth confirmed the three-man quarterback race was down to two, though he declined to name which quarterback was no longer competing for a starting job.
He made it clear Wednesday when he said Jordan Davis was the third quarterback.
Although it isn’t likely Davis sees the field in the Sept. 5 opener at Kentucky, Hudspeth stopped short of saying Davis will never see the field.
“Jordan went a little bit with the ones (Tuesday), and to be honest with you, he had a really good scrimmage ... to the point where I don’t think it’d be out of the question that he may see some playing time at some point this year,” Hudspeth said. “I thought he was really sharp, stepped up and made some plays.”
Hudspeth said Nick Duggar, who was penciled in as a No. 2 left guard on the preseason depth chart, is no longer a part of the program — and hasn’t been for a while.
“Duggar left the program the day before two-a-days started,” Hudspeth said.
Adrian Goodacre and Jesse Freeman are working as the second-team guards.
After further review
Hudspeth said he and the staff broke down tape from Tuesday’s scrimmage, and the second glance revealed a strong performance from his two freshman specialists.
“(Kicker) Stevie Artigue had a great night,” Hudspeth said. “I thought he kicked the ball extremely well. He kicked off deep and put it right where we wanted him to place the ball. He showed some good poise.
“(Punter) Steven Coutts really stood out also. I thought he had great hang time, great ball placement, and just sat in there and showed a lot of poise himself, considering he has not been in a lot of live action.”