QUARTERBACK

No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl.

9 Brooks Haack 6-1 212 Jr.

10 Jordan Davis 6-3 205 R-Fr.

6 Jalen Nixon 6-2 226 Jr.

TAKE NOTE: The Cajuns have used preseason practice to determine which of those three will take over for Terrance Broadway. Haack is the presumptive favorite after performing well in limited reps last season, but Davis and Nixon bring a dual-threat capacity that the Cajuns have used effectively in recent seasons. It’s possible all three could see playing time.

RUNNING BACK

No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl.

15 Elijah McGuire 5-11 208 Jr.

25 Torrey Pierce 5-9 171 Sr.

26 Effrem Reed 5-8 214 Sr.

TAKE NOTE: The Cajuns know what they have in McGuire, a breakaway threat who can change a game in the blink of an eye. What’s less clear is how they’ll work the rest of the running backs into the mix. Pierce is coming off a season-ending injury, and Reed hasn’t topped 30 carries since his freshman season. True freshman Jordan Wright could carve out a niche as a change of pace to McGuire.

WIDE RECEIVER/TIGHT END

No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl.

X wide receiver

4 Jamal Robinson 6-4 205 Sr.

85 Keenan Barnes 6-3 200 Fr.

H wide receiver

2 Al Riles 5-10 215 Jr.

20 Gary Haynes 5-9 175 Fr.

Z wide receiver

13 Gabe Fuselier 5-11 195 So.

18 Devin Scott 5-11 182 Jr.

Tight end

81 Nick Byrne 6-3 228 Jr.

88 Evan Tatford 6-5 242 Sr.

TAKE NOTE: A healthy Robinson would mean the world to the receiving corps, but the rest of the group should be pretty solid as well. Fuselier will get the first crack at filling in for Jared Johnson, who was lost for the year.

OFFENSIVE LINE

No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl.

Left tackle

61 Grant Horst 6-5 281 So.

66 Rico Robinson 6-5 290 Fr.

Left guard

70 Mykhael Quave 6-5 294 Sr.

65 Jesse Freeman 6-4 311 R-Fr.

Center

79 Eddie Gordon 6-1 320 Jr.

61 Cole Prudhomme 6-3 280 Fr.

Right guard

77 Donovan Williams 6-3 312 Sr.

76 Adrian Goodacre 6-4 305 R-Fr.

Right tackle

68 Octravian Anderson 6-4 295 Sr.

60 D’Aquin Withrow 6-6 304 So.

TAKE NOTE: The Cajuns shuffled their line, moving Quave from left tackle to left guard, and Williams from left guard to right guard. That leaves left tackle open for competition, which Horst emerged from the spring leading. Coach Mark Hudspeth said Gordon has improved at center.

DEFENSIVE LINE

No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl.

Defensive end

96 Blain Winston 6-4 300 So.

57 Chris Prater 6-5 258 Sr.

Defensive tackle

92 Taboris Lee 6-2 284 So.

98 LaDarrius Kidd 6-3 300 R-Fr.

Nose tackle

55 Karmichael Dunbar 6-2 317 Jr.

90 Jacoby Briscoe 6-3 325 Jr.

TAKE NOTE: The Cajuns are replacing a pair of talented linemen in Christian Ringo and Justin Hamilton, but they have some young talent they like. Lee missed the entire spring but produced nicely as a freshman. Briscoe performed well in the rotation last year at DE and may shift inside this year. Dunbar could surprise; he looked much improved in the spring.

LINEBACKER

No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl.

Buck

39 Darzil Washington 6-3 243 Sr.

44 Kevin Fouquier 6-4 235 Jr.

Weakside

7 Otha Peters 6-2 228 Jr.

29 Tyren Alexander 6-0 210 Sr.

Middle

4 Tre’maine Lightfoot 6-0 230 Jr.

30 T.J. Posey 6-0 242 So.

Strongside

52 Dominique Tovell 6-2 235 Sr.

27 T.J. Worthy 6-2 203 Sr.

TAKE NOTE: This group is flying under the radar, but it could be one of the strengths of the defense. Washington might be the best pass-rusher on the team, Peters was solid as a freshman in the Southeastern Conference; Lightfoot steadied the team as a late-arriving newcomer; and Tovell is as solid as they come.

DEFENSIVE BACK

No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl.

Cornerback

8 Simeon Thomas 6-3 197 So.

19 Troy McCollum 6-0 177 So.

Cornerback

26 Jeryl Brazil 5-11 175 Jr.

11 Jevante Watson 5-10 182 Sr.

Free safety

23 Tracy Walker 6-2 198 So.

20 Dominick Jones 5-11 189 Jr.

Strong safety

16 Travis Crawford 5-11 193 So.

31 Corey Turner 6-1 198 R-Fr.

TAKE NOTE: The defensive backfield was much maligned last year, but now it could be a strength. Walker and Crawford should be improved after solid debut seasons, and Thomas and Brazil should fortify the cornerback spots with veterans there to back them up.

SPECIALISTS

No. Name Ht. Wt. Cl.

Kicker

38 Stevie Artigue 5-10 175 Fr.

83 Carlos Alvarez 5-9 195 Sr.

Punter

37 Steven Coutts 6-4 200 Fr.

86 Aaron Bird 6-0 200 R-Fr

TAKE NOTE: The Cajuns are wading a bit into the unknown, counting on a pair of freshmen to take the reins at the specialist positions. Scheurich had a nice spring and may wind up pushing Artigue for kicking duties. Coutts’ strong leg impressed in the spring.