Cajuns not racing to conclusion on quarterback _lowres

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Jalen Nixon hands off to Walter Williams on Saturday at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — The No. 1 question going into UL-Lafayette spring football practice — Who’s the starting quarterback? — also will be the same top question when fall practice arrives.

If there is one thing Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Hudsepth said he would like to have a better idea about after the spring game Saturday, it’s the quarterback situation.

“It just didn’t get answered,” Hudspeth said. “It’s not because one guy didn’t pull away. It’s because all three improved and they’re all keeping pace with one another.”

Hudspeth said the three candidates — juniors Brooks Haack and Jalen Nixon and redshirt freshman Jordan Davis — are neck and neck. Hudspeth said he saw some good things and some not-so-good things from all three Saturday.

“At times, all three looked good; at times, we overthrew some passes,” Hudspeth said. “We’ll go back and look at the film. There is going to be one or two that played better than the other ones, but it wasn’t anything that really stood out to where they were head and shoulders above the others.”

Hudspeth maintained his stance that all three quarterbacks were still in the mix to be named starter. Haack said he likes where his game is after the spring and said he’ll be comfortable with Hudspeth’s decision.

“It is up to them,” Haack said. “We have taken great strides. I picked up a lot of things faster. I can see things and read things a lot quicker. I just need to shore up some things and keep managing the game. I have to keep getting the guys around me to work hard and get better. I just have to keep leading.”

Nixon said he had a “shady day” Saturday but said he eventually got comfortable and made some good reads. He said he understands the importance of this process and said the competition is not only healthy, but it’s bringing out the best in the three players.

“This is a very important process,” Nixon said. “There is no need to rush it. We all want what is best for the team. I am just going to continue to do the things I’ve been doing: grind hard, compete every day and make sure my teammates are competing every day. That is a part of playing football over here.”

Nixon said even if the competition was closed and Hudspeth named a quarterback, it wouldn’t change his approach to the game.

“We are going to compete every single day,” Nixon said. “We are here to compete, and we love each other like brothers. We want to see what is best for each other. I am glad it happened like this. It gives us more time to develop and learn.”

Hudspeth gave no timetable on when he’ll make a decision. He said prolonging the competition should push all of three quarterbacks to work harder.

“We have three really good candidates who have yet to get their first snap,” Hudspeth said. “Even Tom Brady had to get his first snap at some point. We are not ready to make that decision on who gets that first snap yet. It is too close.”