Scouting Report: Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns

The real challenge for Oklahoma State is to get better as the effort at Arizona was not acceptable. This is an opponent scouting report, but the attention needs to be on the Cowboys. The defense is very important as this crew gave up points and yards as fast or faster than they did against good offensive opponents last season without gaining the turnovers that were so important last season.

The biggest concerns would be pass rush and play up front if the expected depth is not there. I have no idea why the trio of defensive tackles Davidell Collins, Anthony Rogers and Christian Littlehead did not eat up more snaps against Arizona, and why starters Calvin Barnett and James Castleman played so many of the 90 defensive snaps in the contest.

It's understandable that you want your best players to play more, but the fresh legs theory of a rotation has validity. The ends had just three players ready to go, and Cooper Bassett played each of the end positons and inside in the three-man package the Cowboys use.

According to coaches, sacks were left on the table and throughout the third and fourth quarters Arizona became more effective at running the football.

The linebackers and safeties struggled with the inside receivers for Arizona. Checking the Big 12, Kansas State, TCU, West Virginia, Baylor and others will present a challenge of good inside receivers out of a spread formation.

On offense, the receivers are getting an ear-full this week, and should. It is absolutely critical that they step up and catch the football. OSU has a real weapon and talent in young Wes Lunt and the Cowboys need to maximize that weapon.

The penalties have to be addressed. You can say it was one referee (Shawn Hochuli) with a little bit of a Napoleon complex. Make no mistake, Hochuli was mad about the Mike Gundy challenge and of the penalties, four of the holding calls were legit. That means two were not as Kye Staley and Jonathan Rush pancaked their guys legally.

Two of the Calvin Barnett penalties were legit, but the unneccessary roughness, the second penalty on the double call in the first quarter was iffy. Both players were tangled and both were unhappy. The new halo rule violation was a bad call, as was the call on Brodrick Brown.

The penalties did not beat the Cowboys, but they did not help a comeback. They have to be cleaned up.

Cajuns Offense
Now for Louisiana. On offense, these guys run a lot of formations. They are coached up well and don't show many alignment errors and they are fundamentally sound.

The run game features a bruiser with some burst in 6-1, 220-pound Alonzo Harris. He is averaging almost five yards a carry. The offense is zone-read based, but they also run powers, leads, and counters for the running back and the quarterback.

Head coach Mark Hudspeth claims his receivers may be his most talented position group but it hasn't shown as quarterback Blaine Gautier is 10-of-24 for 170 yards. Backup Terrance Broadway, who was called on late in the first quarter against Troy last week, is 16-of-25 for 204 yards.

OSU fans don't want the passing game heating up on Saturday. With fans and media there may be a little QB controversy after Broadways's performance at Troy. Hudspeth is putting the kabosh to that in a hurry.

"This is still Blaine's team," Hudspeth said Monday."Blaine's our starting quarterback. If we need Terrance again, I have no doubt that he'll be available and be ready — and there might be some situations through the game that arise as to where we want to get him on the field and get him a few snaps. But Blaine's our starting quarterback."

Hudspeth prefers to feel good about the fact that his team won a critical conference game on the road for the second season in a row with a backup quarterback.

Upfront the Cajuns are big and really solid on the offensive line.

WR (X)
4 Javone Lawson (6-1, 183, Sr.) Career: 100 catches, 1,542 yards & 11 TDs. Ranks 8th at UL in career receiving.
15 jamal robinson (6-4, 205, So.)

WR (H)
9 Harry Peoples (5-10, 180, Sr.)
23 Bradley Brown (5-10, 180, Jr.) (1/0) Transfer from Northwestern State. 75 catches for 810 yards (10.8 avg.) & 4 TDs as a two-year starter. honorable mention all-Southland both years.

LT
72 Leonardo Bates (6-5, 296, Sr.) (34/17) Preseason 1st team All-Sun Belt after being 2nd team choice in 2011. 3rd year as a starter. played guard in 2010 and tackle in 2011. weight room: 330 bench, 435 squat & 275 clean.
62 Jarad Martin (6-5, 288, So.)

LG
70 Mykhael Quave (6-5, 300, R-Fr.) (2/2) Redshirted in 2011. Weight room: 315 bench, 475 squat & 315 clean.
78 Daniel Lemelle (6-2, 282, Jr.)

C 71 Andre Huval (6-1, 290, Jr.) (15/15) 2011 Rimington Trophy Watch List member. Shared team lead by playing 925 of 936 snaps in 2011. played every snap in 11 games. 19 knockdown blocks. weight room: 360 bench, 515 squat & 315 clean.
75 Terry Johnson (6-2, 285, So.)

RG
67 Daniel Quave (6-3, 324, So.) (15/15) Sun Belt writer's all-freshman team in 2011. Played 890 of 936 plays in 2011, including all but 3 in last 12 games. had a team high 36 knockdown blocks. weight room: 350 bench, 505 squat & 270 clean.
69 Greg Siener (6-4, 280, R-Fr.)

RT
76 Jaron Odom (6-6, 330, Sr.) (39/23) Played team-high 925 snaps (of 936) in 2011 and was 3rd on team with 23 knockdown blocks. third year as starter. weight room: 330 bench, 405 squat & 270 clean.
68 Octravian Anderson (6-4, 280, R-Fr.) (2/0)

TE
86 Jacob Maxwell (6-4, 230, Jr.) (26/0) Career: 11 catches, 83 yards & 1 TD. Made 3 catches for 36 yards in 2011, all vs. oklahoma state. weight room: 355 bench, 510 squat & 355 clean.
85 Ian Thompson (6-4, 234, Jr.) (27/3) Career: 11 catches, 104 yards. 10 catches for 99 yards in 2011.

WR (Y)
87 Darryl Surgent (6-0, 195, Jr.) (25/12) Hornung Award Watch List member. Career: 39 catches, 734 yards, 6 TDs. 2011: 28-518-6 tds-16.5 avg.
11 James Butler (6-2, 205, So.)

QB
17 Blaine Gautier (6-0, 212, Sr.) (33/15) Manning Award Watch List. 2011 LSWA Offensive Player of the Year. Career: 280-474, 3,797 yards & 29 tds. set ul passing records for yards (2,958), tds (23), completion pct. (.628), passing effic. (153.6) and total offense (3,444). school record 492 yards total offense in New Orleans Bowl.
8 Terrance Broadway (6-2, 205, So.) (2/0) 2012: 16-25, 204 yards, 1 TD. 10-16, 143 yards and 1 TD at Troy. Transfer from Houston. Was 30-42 for 424 yards & 3 tds in three games as at uh. ranked as 5th-best dual threat qb as hs senior.

RB
46 Alonzo Harris (6-1, 220, So.) (14/10) 2012 Preseason All-Sun Belt. 2011 SBC Freshman of the Year. Career: 200-883, 10 tds. 2011: 163-700, 8 tds. wo 100-yard games. 137 yards vs. troy (2012).
31 Effrem Reed (5-8, 180, R-Fr.)

Cajuns Defense
For the second week in a row the Cowboys will see a three-man front from their opponent on defense. The Cajuns have seven new starters on defense this season and they don't have that big-time cover corner like they had last season. A bonus may be the ejection last week of 6-3, 330-pound nose tackle Justin Hamilton, who if the appeal is upheld will also miss the game at OSU on Saturday.

DE
45 Emeka Onyenekwu (6-3, 250, Sr.) Career: 43 tackles (30 solo with 12 TFL (-54), 4.5 sacks (-38) & 3 FF. Had 25 (30 games/6 starts)
92 Christian Ringo (6-1, 285, So.)

NT
74 Justin Hamilton (6-3, 330, So.) (15/2) 2012: 5 tackles (4 solo) with 4 TFL (-13), 1 sack (-7) & 2 FF.
96 Brandon McCray (6-5, 300, Jr.)

DT
93 Cordian Hagans (6-5, 280, Sr.) 2012: 5 tackles (2 solo). 2011: 18 tackles (7 solo). Matched career high with 5 (15/4)
64 Ben Duhon (5-11, 260, Sr.)

Bandit
52 Dominique Tovell (6-3, 235, R-Fr.) (2/2) 2012: 4 tackles (3 solo). Redshirted in 2011.
7 Delvin Jones (6-5, 230, Jr.)

Rover
30 Le'Marcus Gibson (6-0, 205, Sr.) (19/15) 6th-year senior. Career: 73 tackles (42 solo) with 4.5 TFL (-12) & 2 INT. Had 45 tackles (25 solo) in 2011.
35 Boris Anyama (6-2, 210, So.)

Sam
59 Jake Molbert (6-1, 225, So.) (15/11) Sun Belt Writer's All-Freshman team choice in 2011. Career: 67 tackles (32 solo). 6th on team with 65 tackles (30 solo) in 2011, adding 5 tfl(-8) and 1 sack (-1). career-high 10 tackles (3 solo) vs. fau. had 10 stops with 2.5 tfl (-5) at wku.
38 Trae Johnson (6-1, 225, So.)

Will
34 Justin Anderson (6-2, 235, Jr.) (21/5) 2012: Team high 17 tackles (13 solo) & 1 fumble recovery. Career: 38 tackles (31 solo) with one tfl (-6).
6 Qyendarius Griffin (5-11, 225, So.)

CB
22 Melvin White (6-3, 191, Sr.) (39/16) Senior Bowl Watch List member. Preseason All-SBC in 2011. HM All-SBC in 2011. career: 102 tackles (78 solo) with 8.5 tfl (-30), 1.5 sacks (-3), 2 int (101 yards), 3 fumble recoveries & 2 forced fumbles. third on team with 64 tackles (50 solo) in 2011. career high 7 tackles vs. middle tennessee & asu in 2011. returned blocked fg 68 yards vs. nicholls state. brought back int 89 yards vs. troy (3rd longest in ul history).
18 Jevante Watson (5-10, 175, R-Fr.)

SS 5 Darius Barksdale (6-0, 200, Jr.) (2/2) 2012: 9 tackles (8 solo). Nicknamed "Tig". Jacksonville State & Ole Miss transfer. 2007 mississippi mr. football as hs senior (2,917 yards rushing, 35 tds).
25 Al-Damion Riles (5-11, 215, Fr.)

FS
21 Rodney Gillis (5-11, 186, Sr.) (13/2) 2012: 7 tackles (6 solo), 1 FR (21 yards) & 1 INT (16). 5th-year senior. 2011: 9 tackles (6 solo) with 3 tackles on special teams. Career high 6 tackles at Troy
27 T.J. Worthy (6-2, 190, Fr.)

CB
2 Jemarlous Moten (5-11, 175, Sr.) (15/15) UL Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 2011. Career: 94 tackles (61 solo). 2nd on team with 80 tackles (49 solo) adding 1 tfl, 3 int (110 yards) & 1 fumble recovery. career high 12 tackles with fumble return for td (56 yards) at troy. returned ints for touchdowns vs. oklahoma sts (50 yards) & arizona (41).
24 Sean Thomas (5-10, 175, So.)

Cajuns Special Teams
Brett Baer is really good, and is the kicker and punter for ULL. He is the Cajuns' equivalent of Quinn Sharp and is a candidate for the Groza and Guy Awards. Cowboys fans do not want to see this come down to a battle of the kickers.

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