A few minutes with ... Jacques Boudreaux _lowres

Jacques Boudreaux, Holy Cross linebacker

Boudreaux is a Holy Cross linebacker who has recorded a team-high 34 tackles through three games. He is verbally committed to Louisiana-Lafayette.

What made you commit to Louisiana-Lafayette?

I went to all these other camps and I felt like ULL separated itself from the pack. They made me work for my scholarship that they offered me. I really appreciated that. They gave me constructive criticism, and at the end of the day I felt like it was a great atmosphere, and I wanted to be a part of it.

How excited are you about starting up Catholic League play this week?

It’s all about “next team up.” We are really preparing hard for Shaw.

How good was it to have running back Tre Turner back last week (from shoulder injury)?

It was real good. He showed up for us. He is one of those people who is a game-changer, and when you need a big play, he’ll make it.

Who is your favorite NFL linebacker and why?

Luke Kuechly (Carolina Panthers). He is fast and he is aggressive, and he reads the ball well. He is a great open field tackler.

What do you think the Saints need to do better?

I think they need to get more experienced guys. When they let go of Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles and Malcolm Jenkins and those guys, I think it took away a lot of the leadership from the team. It hurt the team as a whole.

What do you do before a game to get pumped up?

I listen to a little music and try to take me a 30-minute nap on the bus ride to where we are going to get a little rejuvenated. I usually listen to Future to get my motor going.

How did you end up with No. 28?

I was one of the few freshmen playing varsity, and that’s the number they gave me. It just stuck. I wanted to leave a legacy with the No. 28.

OK, I have a tough one for you. Outside of the running backs on your team, who is the best running back in the Catholic League.

I feel like Trey Ragas (Shaw) and Bruce Jordan-Swilling (Brother Martin) are both two tough opponents. We play Trey this week, and I feel like we really have to be focused and be fundamentally sound.

Rod Walker