Nicholls State (1-1) visits UL-Lafayette (0-2) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Cajun Field. The Cajuns need a win desperately after two road games against a Southeastern Conference team and a defending Big-12 champion. It’s also important because it’s one of only two ULL home games between Saturday and Nov. 2.
SOME IMPROVEMENT: Coach Mark Hudspeth praised the Cajuns’ defensive effort in a 48-27 loss at Kansas State after Arkansas gained 522 yards in the 34-14 season-opening loss.
LOOKING FOR CONSISTENCY: Hudspeth is looking for more offensive consistency, including better performances from his key playmakers. Special teams will get attention after Kansas State returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and a punt for another 61.
OFFENSIVELY: After dropping a couple of passes at Arkansas and one for an apparent first down at Kansas State, junior wide receiver Jamal Robinson had six catches for 83 yards Saturday. Also slot receiver Darryl Surgent caught three passes for 32 yards and had a school-record 100-yard kickoff return.
DEFENSIVELY: The situation at Will linebacker was improved by the performances of junior transfer Darius Barksdale and senior Jake Molbert.
“We’ve got too many weapons not to get more points. I think this is a good football team, but we’re not there yet. We still have a couple of things to fix.”
Keep An Eye On
MOVING UP QUICKLY: True freshman running back Elijah McGuire. McGuire, who was playing at Houma’s Vandebilt Catholic last year, has steadily moved up the offensive depth chart after starting the preseason as the No. 5 back. McGuire carried seven times for 17 yards against Kansas State, but he was the No. 2 back behind starter Alonzo Harris. McGuire had 43 total offensive yards against Arkansas.
MORE WORTHY: Strong safety T.J. Worthy, who didn’t start last week, had several major tackles against Kansas State.
BETTER ACCURACY: After missing his first ULL field-goal attempt (27 yards) against Arkansas, junior college transfer place kicker Stephen Brauchle made both attempts (26, 24) at Kansas State.
THIBODAUX TIES: Hudspeth’s first college assistant position was at Nicholls State (1994-95). ULL offensive line coach Mitch Rodrigue played college football at Nicholls State and served two tenures as an assistant there. Rodrigue was offensive coordinator when Hudspeth joined the staff in Thibodaux.