Saturday’s Red-White spring game will give UL-Lafayette football fans a chance to interact with their head coach.
The Ragin’ Cajuns are encouraging fans to ask coach Mark Hudspeth about the spring game on Twitter. Fans are asked to use the hashtag #ULSpringGame14.
Regardless of the day, you can follow Hudspeth on Twitter at @ULCoachHud.
Expanding his role
Running back Elijah McGuire, who led the team in rushing last year, will have an expanded role on the field this year, Hudspeth said.
Hudspeth said McGuire will play some this season at quarterback, slot receiver and punt returner.
“We want to get (McGuire) as many touches as possible,” Hudspeth said.
McGuire played quarterback at Vandebilt Catholic.
On the move
C.J. Bates and Antoine Adkins, who signed scholarships in February after attending East Mississippi Community College, have switched positions. Adkins, who started the spring at receiver, has been moved to cornerback. Bates has been moved from cornerback to receiver.
“Adkins was a phenomenal corner in high school, but he was moved to wide receiver,” Hudspeth said. “Bates has more of an offensive mentality.”
Hudspeth said Bates will be one of the prospects in the return game for the Cajuns. Hudspeth said he’s looking at McGuire and Bates to return punts. The possibilities for kick returner are Al Riles and Bates.
Riles was moved to the offensive side this spring after he played safety, corner and a linebacker position last year.
Back to business
Quarterback Terrance Broadway is rehabilitating well from the hairline fracture in his throwing arm, Hudspeth said.
Broadway, who was injured in the Louisiana-Monroe game in November, has displayed no ill effects from the injury this spring.
“(Broadway) has shown that he is gaining confidence throwing in a crowd,” Hudspeth said.
Broadway’s backups will divide time during Saturday’s spring game, Hudspeth said. He credited Jamal Nixon, who played some in the New Orleans Bowl, with improving his production.
Off the field
Admission is free for the spring game, which will feature activities for children. Other features include a free New Orleans Bowl poster, face painting and pictures with the players after the game and with Miss UL-Lafayette, Kimberly Newville, during it.