The Ragin’ Cajuns will open their 2015 season on the road against Kentucky, Athletic Director Scott Farmer confirmed Tuesday.
The two teams will meet for the first time in their history on Sept. 5 in Lexington, Kentucky. Farmer said the game had been finalized for a while.
Farmer first publicly announced the news Tuesday to KPEL-AM, 1420, telling host Jay Walker that the Wildcats would serve as the Cajuns’ “money game” next season.
Farmer didn’t have the exact figure in front of him but said the Cajuns would be in line for a payday north of $900,000 to play in Lexington. The Cajuns received $925,000 from Ole Miss to play in Oxford last weekend in this season’s money game.
After last week’s 56-15 loss to Ole Miss, the Ragin’ Cajuns are 0-and-38 all time against Southeastern Conference teams.
The Cajuns still have one more nonconference slot to fill for the 2015 season. The Wildcats join Akron and Louisiana Tech on the Cajuns 2015 nonconference slate.
Robinson has surgery
Senior wide receiver Jamal Robinson had surgery Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee.
Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said he held out hope last week that Robinson would be able to suit up against Ole Miss. But when it became clear that Robinson needed more than just time to heal, the Cajuns found a spot for Robinson in the surgery room.
“They had an opening Friday afternoon,” Hudspeth said. “We decided, ‘Why even take him? Let’s send him over there and get it done.’”
Hudspeth said the surgery itself was minor, and he is bullish on Robinson’s recovery time frame.
“They just went and cleaned it up,” Hudspeth said. “He is ahead of schedule. … He won’t be back this week, but we’re hoping the next three or four weeks.”
Backup left guard Jeremy Sparks’ career is over, Hudspeth said.
“We are sad to say that he is going to have to hang it up,” Hudspeth said. “He … will finish out his career probably as a student coach.”
Sparks, a sophomore from Daphne, Alabama, has had recurring injuries in his neck and torso area that Hudspeth described as a “stinger.”
Sparks underwent surgery to remove a rib with the hope that it would alleviate some of the pain from his recurring injuries, but the surgery wasn’t successful.
“He went through all of that to try to play,” Hudspeth said. “I respect him a lot for that, but we’re all in 100 percent agreement with him that this is best for his future and his health, and we’re glad he’s going to stay a part of the team.”
Greg Siener and Jarad Martin are now the Cajuns top backups at guard behind starters Donovan Williams and Daniel Quave. D’Aquin Withrow will now be the No. 2 left tackle.
McGuire and senior running back Alonzo Harris were both wearing orange practice uniforms Tuesday, meaning they were limited but still able to practice. Senior outside linebacker Jake Molbert also was wearing an orange uniform.
Darzil Washington, who enrolled in school this week, is practicing with the team but has not officially been cleared to play. Hudspeth said he hopes Washington will be cleared by Saturday.