Game 1 Preview: At Kentucky

LAFAYETTE - The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team will kick off its 114th season of intercollegiate football on Saturday (Sept. 5) when it travels to Lexington, Ky., to face Southeastern Conference member Kentucky at newly refurbished Commonwealth Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 6:02 CDT. The game will be aired nationally on ESPNU with Anish Shroff (play-by-play) and Ahmad Brooks (color) providing the commentary. The season-opener can also be heard on the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Radio Network with Jay Walker (play-by-play), former Ragin' Cajuns letterwinner Richie Falgout (color) and Travis Webb (sideline) calling the action.

Entering its fifth season under head coach Mark Hudspeth, Louisiana looks to build off a fourth consecutive 9-4 record that was culminated by a victory in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl. The Ragin' Cajuns, one of only five schools in the country with a four-game win streak in bowl games, return 52 letterwinners and 13 starters.

A pair of juniors - Brooks Haack and Jalen Nixon - will look replace three-year starter Terrance Broadway at quarterback with junior Elijah McGuire set to replace former Cajun Alonzo Harris at running back. Louisiana's passing game will be aided by the return of wide receiver Jamal Robinson, who was limited to four games last season due to injury, while returning letterwinner Al Riles and Gabe Fuselier will look to build off a solid 2014 campaign.

A new defensive staff, led by veteran SEC coaches Melvin Smith (defensive coordinator) and Charlie Harbison (co-defensive coordinator) will look to mold a unit that returns five starters from last season, including preseason All-Sun Belt Conference linebacker Dominique Tovell and All-Sun Belt Freshman member Tracy Walker.

A pair of true freshmen - kicker Stevie Artigue and punter Steven Coutts - will look to replace departed seniors Hunter Stover and Daniel Cadona as the Ragin' Cajuns specialists with Fuselier, McGuire and newcomer Jeryl Brazil expected to see the majority of time as return specialists.

GAME NO. 1

LOUISIANA RAGIN' CAJUNS (2014 RECORD: 9-4, 7-1 Sun Belt) Head Coach: Mark Hudspeth (Delta State, 1992) Record at Louisiana: 36-16 (5th season), Career Record: 102-37 (12th year)

Kentucky WILDCATS (2014 RECORD: 5-7, 2-6 SEC) Head Coach: Mark Stoops (Iowa, 1989) Record at UK: 7-17 (3rd season), Career Record: Same

* - Rankings listed at Amway Coaches' Poll/AP Poll

September 5, 2015 • 6:02 p.m. CDT • Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (61,000) Series History: First meeting between the schools.


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