LAFAYETTE — With rough weather expected to hit late Saturday, UL-Lafayette has moved its game with Appalachian State to 1 p.m.
The game was originally scheduled to start at 4 p.m. — but with a load of festivities on the menu, including senior day, the schools agreed to the earlier kickoff time.
According to the National Weather Service, Saturday calls for a 60-percent chance of precipitation, with “showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could be severe.”
“I think it’s a good move so we can beat the rain,” Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said.
The earlier kickoff does not affect anything the Cajuns had planned, including the pregame ceremony to honor the team’s seniors and the halftime ceremony to retire Charles Tillman’s number.
The early notice of the game’s rescheduling helped the team with regard to preparation, Hudspeth said.
Everything has already been moved ahead a couple hours, including when the players wake up and when they take the field for pregame.
“We’ll have to start our mental clocks earlier, and we addressed that with our team today,” Hudspeth said.
Saturday’s game is the final game at Cajun Field this year. The Cajuns are 4-1 at home this season and 18-3 at Cajun Field under Hudspeth.
Tatford goes to committee
Junior tight end Evan Tatford was selected as one of 32 representatives to serve on the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
The St. Thomas More graduate will represent the Sun Belt Conference through July 2016. He was one of 15 new committee members selected after he applied for the position last spring.
“It’s a great honor and a humbling experience to learn that I was chosen from all the Sun Belt representatives,” Tatford said in a news release. “It’s a great experience and it’s a great way to meet new people from all across the country, see their sports and see the way that their schools work.”
Hudspeth was not surprised when he found out about Tatford’s new role.
“That says a lot about him as a person,” Hudspeth said. “Evan is not only a good student and a good football player, but he’s got his ducks in a row with his life. School is important, education is important, career is important and he’s got leadership skills.
“That’s probably one of the reasons why he’s on those committees. I can see where he would do a great job.”
Salute to service
Saturday will be Military Appreciation Day at Cajun Field. A special coin will be used for the pregame coin flip, and a Chevrolet truck will go to a wounded veteran.
The Cajuns will also feature a slideshow on the video board to recognize the late Capt. Steven L. Bennett, a Vietnam veteran and UL-Lafayette alumnus who was posthumously awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1974.
Hudspeth said he’s not anticipating any change to the starting lineup he used against ULM. Trevence Patt will start at cornerback opposite Corey Trim, and true freshman Travis Crawford will remain in place as the starting free safety.