Cajuns Officially Open Spring Practice

LAFAYETTE – Coming off a fourth consecutive 9-4 season that was culminated by a victory in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team officially opens spring practice on Tuesday.

The Ragin' Cajuns will hold the first of 15 practices on Tuesday with the annual Red-White Spring Game set for Saturday, March 28, at Cajun Field. Louisiana will hold afternoon workouts mainly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with the majority of drills scheduled for the football practice fields and adjacent Leon Moncla Indoor Facility. All practices are open to RCAF and Quarterback Club members, with proper identification.

With the loss of 11 starters and 20 letterwinners, fifth-year head coach Mark Hudspeth will look to develop key areas on both sides of the ball. The main areas that Cajuns will look to fill will be at quarterback, center, defensive tackle and cornerback.

"This will be a different spring practice than what we had last year," Hudspeth said. "Last year, we had a lot of returning starters and a big senior class. This year, the mentality is much different in that we have to develop a quarterback and center on the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, we need to create depth in the secondary and replace two starting corners, plus replace two starting defensive tackles.

"It will be some great competition this spring between a lot of young players, and a great opportunity for some players who have waited for their turn to step up. And now, here it is."

With the loss of quarterback Terrance Broadway to graduation, the Ragin' Cajuns will look to fill the spot with competition expected between returning letterwinners Brooks Haack and Jalen Nixon, along with redshirt freshman Jordan Davis.

Along the offensive line, left tackle Mykhael Quave, right tackle Octravian Anderson and left guard Donovan Williams all return for the Ragin' Cajuns with Jamal Robinson, Al Riles and C.J. Bates among the starters returning at wide receiver, and reigning Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Elijah McGuire at running back.

Along the defensive line, Louisiana will look to replace all-conference performers Justin Hamilton and Christian Ringo. Chris Prater, Jacoby Briscoe, Marquis White and Taboris Lee saw significant action for the Ragin' Cajuns in 2014 and will contend for starting spots.

Linebackers Dominique Tovell, Darzil Washington, Tre'maine Lightfoot, Tyren Alexander and T.J. Posey all earned starts for Louisiana in 2014 with defensive backs Tracy Walker and Travis Crawford earning starts as freshmen.

Louisiana will open its 2015 season on Sept. 5 against Kentucky before opening its six-game home schedule on Sept. 12 against Northwestern State in the 15th annual Herbert Heymann Classic.

LOUISIANA FOOTBALL SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Tuesday – March 3 – 3:45 p.m.

Thursday – March 5 – 3:45 p.m.

Saturday – March 7 – 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday – March 10 – 3:45 p.m.

Thursday – March 12 – 3:45 p.m.

Saturday – March 14 – 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday – March 17 – 3:45 p.m.

Thursday – March 19 – 3:45 p.m.

Friday – March 20 – 3:45 p.m.

Saturday – March 21 – 10:15 a.m.

Tuesday – March 24 – 3:45 p.m.

Thursday – March 26 – 3:45 p.m.

Friday – March 27 – 3:45 p.m.

Saturday – March 28 – 5 p.m. (Red-White Spring Game; Cajun Field)

Tuesday – April 2 – 3:45 p.m.

• All practices are open to members of the Quarterback Club and RCAF (proper identification required)

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