LAFAYETTE — With Saturday’s spring game fast approaching, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth wasn’t quite ready to name a starting quarterback, nor was he ready to give a timetable on when he may do so.
“We’ll see how summer goes and probably let you know a few minutes before we kick off to Kentucky,” Hudspeth joked after practice Tuesday.
“It would take someone really taking over Saturday for me to name a starter after spring ball. Each one of them is doing such a great job at what they’re good at.”
Hudspeth said the competition for starting quarterback between Brooks Haack, Jalen Nixon and Jordan Davis has seen little separation between the three. Hudspeth admitted Haack’s experience puts him slightly ahead, but nothing drastically enough to name him the starter.
“Brooks is very efficient,” Hudspeth said. “He throws it well and had some great throws Saturday (in the scrimmage). He doesn’t have his top weapons out here with Jamal Robinson, Jared Johnson and even Eli (McGuire) out.
“The other two are working their butts off, though. Jalen is running the ball very strong. He’s got a good command on the field. Jordan is fast, has a lightning arm and you could expedite his development and see if he is ready. They’re all playing at a high level.”
Hudspeth said he could see a situation where one of the quarterbacks may be brought in for short-yardage packages, but said he doubts he would ever consider a platoon quarterbacking situation. He said both Haack and Nixon are “take-charge guys” and said it wouldn’t be a bad thing to head into the summer with both still vying for the job.
“If we get into summer with two guys running the show and getting guys lined up and getting to work and holding guys accountable, they can both do that. We just need to get both those guys work and see what they can do when a play is broken.
“I don’t think they handled that pressure well in the first scrimmage. The second one, they made some things happen on broken plays. That tells you a lot when a guy can make something happen when a play breaks down.”
With a lot of veterans missing the bulk of spring practice, Hudspeth said the Cajuns created some unexpected depth in many positions — particularly on the offensive line.
“The young kids, their reps have doubled in the last three weeks, and we have created depth that we probably wouldn’t have had otherwise,” Hudspeth said. “We’ll go into the fall with nine or 10 on the line. We’ll have the most offensive line depth we’ve ever had.”
Hudspeth praised Adrian Goodacre, D’Aquin Withrow and Grant Horst as having real opportunities to earn starting roles.
“D’Aquin has looked like a left tackle should look,” Hudspeth said. “I have been real pleased with him and Grant Horst at right tackle. Both of those guys have had great springs, and we look like a division one outfit up front.”
Hudspeth said he’d like to move senior Mykhael Quave to tackle, but his experience at guard makes him asset in that spot. Hudspeth said senior Eddie Gordon will probably open the fall as the starting center.
“Our other tackles are playing well, and they can’t play guard,” Hudspeth said. “Quave can. As of right now, Eddie Gordon has locked (center) down to this point, but I would like to see him play a little more physical. We have a lot of practices left for him to improve, but he is right there.”